The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680-1715 by Paul Hazard

By Paul Hazard

Paul Hazard’s magisterial, greatly influential, and beloved  highbrow historical past bargains an unforgettable account of the start of the trendy eu brain in all its dynamic, inquiring, and unsure glory. starting his tale within the latter 1/2 the 17th century, whereas additionally on reflection to the Renaissance and ahead to the long run, risk strains the method in which new advancements within the sciences, arts, philosophy, and philology got here to undermine the solid foundations of the classical global, with its dedication to culture, balance, percentage, and settled utilization. possibility indicates how travelers’ stories and archaeological research widened ecu wisdom and recognition of cultural distinction; how the novel rationalism of Spinoza and Richard Simon’s new ancient exegesis of the Bible referred to as into query the published truths of faith; how the Huguenot Pierre Bayle’s serious dictionary of rules prepared the ground for Voltaire and the Enlightenment, at the same time the empiricism of Locke inspired a brand new awareness to sensory event that ended in Rousseau and romanticism. Hazard’s diversity of information is giant, and no matter if the topic is operas, excavations, or clinical experiments his really good kind and powers of description deliver to lifestyles the thinkers who concept up the fashionable international.

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This is a fully unified volume, containing cross-references and paired essays ("Of Building" and "Of Gardens," "Of Beauty" and "Of Deformity," "Of Envy" and "Of Love"). Bacon's Essays are designed to make the reader examine rather than accept ideas, and most precepts therein are therefore provisional and occasionally disturbing. Their keynote is tonal complexity - the usefulness of a practice as well as its corruptions ("Of Usury"), moral judgment offered then blocked ("Of Negotiating"), contempt for a habit changing to precepts for using it ("Of Cunning"), full entrance into an amoral point of view ending with sudden moral judgment ("Of Simulation").

Simon, 1964. In 1621 Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy, in a thick quarto format. With a brief, uncluttered preface and a short postscript it is a rather unpretentious volume, not at all reminiscent of the carefully outlined, elaborately prefaced book with which we usually associate Burton. " A minister by profession, a physician by inclination, and thought by many to be a prose stylist by accident, Burton revised and expanded the Anatomy five times. From the first through the sixth editions the Anatomy grew from approximately 300,000 to 480,000 words.

Plays The Description of a Mask at Whitehall in Honour of the Lord Hayes and His Bride; Other Small Poems (produced 1607). 1607. The Description of a Mask at the Marriage of the Earl of Somerset and Frances Howard (produced 1613). 1614. 42 CAMPION A Relation of the Late Royal Entertainment Given by Lord Knowles on the Marriage Night of the Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth (produced 1613). 1613. The Lords' Masque (produced 1613). With A Relation ... , 1613. Other Observations in the Art of English Poesie.

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