THE CITY OF THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PHILOSOPHERS.
Becker, Carl L.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974. Later printing Octavo, wraps, 168 p., underlining in pen. Good Paperback 0300000170 These graceful and witty essays by a distinguished American historian disclose the fallacy of believing that the eighteenth century was essentially modern in its temper. Carl Becker brilliantly demonstrates that the period commonly described as The Age of Reason was, in fact, very far from that; that Voltaire, Hume, Diderot, and Locke were living in a medieval world, and that the philosophers "demolished the Heavenly City of St. Augustine only to rebuild it with more up-to-date materials." (Item ID: 143297)