The roots of our desire for money, pleasure, and power reach back to the Enlightenment.
"This is not a book of Enlightenolatry," writes Pinker. But it is.
In Terry Eagleton's compelling narrative, three plotlines run concurrently: a parade of ideas from the Enlightenment to the present, a sustained argument about the role of culture, and a burlesque apologetic for Christianity.
Peter Watson sketches in the lives and thoughts of an array of scientists, artists, and philosophers who offer ways to cope with the death of God.
In our gridlocked civic life, the secular ideals of the Enlightenment and the unbending stance of the religious right are both the blame, George Marsden argues.
James MacGregor Burns has authored an eminently readable history of that elusive historical movement we call the Enlightenment.