The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848-1914 (Yale Intellectual History of the West)

The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848-1914 (Yale Intellectual History of the West)

J. W. Burrow


This based and skilful ebook explores the historical past of principles in Europe from the revolutions of 1848 to the start of the 1st global struggle. Broader than a immediately survey, deeper and richer than a textbook, the paintings seeks to put the reader within the place of 'an proficient eavesdropper at the highbrow conversations of the past'. After an introductory bankruptcy which introduces the psychological global of the mid-nineteenth century, Burrow explores the effect of technological know-how and social idea on eu highbrow lifestyles, contemplating principles in physics, via social evolution and Social Darwinism, to anxieties approximately modernity and private identification. His dialogue additionally takes in strong and classy strategies in evolution, artwork, fantasy, the occult and the subconscious brain, considers the increase of the good towns of Berlin, Paris and London, and the paintings of literary writers, philosophers and composers. The textual content is populated by means of many of the nice and plenty of of the lesser recognized highbrow figures of the age, from Mill, Bakunin, Nietzsche, Bergson and Renan to Pater, Proust, Clough, Flaubert, Wagner and Wilde. a piece of infrequent contrast and huge erudition, the e-book is written in a swish, wonderful sort, in order to determine its accessibility to the widest diversity of students, scholars and basic readers.

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