The Enlightenment (Paperback)

The Science of Freedom

By Peter Gay

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393313666, 744pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 1996

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/17/1995)

List Price: 35.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


The second volume of Peter Gay's in-depth study of the dawn of the modern world—the Age of Reason.

The Science of Freedom completes Peter Gay's brilliant reinterpretation begun in The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism. In the present book, he describes the philosophes' program and their views of society. His masterful appraisal opens a new range of insights into the Enlightenment's critical method and its humane and libertarian vision.

About the Author

Peter Gay (1923—2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.