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An Age of Crisis

Man and World in Eighteenth Century French Thought

Lester G. Crocker

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Originally published in 1959. This book examines the French Enlightenment by analyzing critical thought in eighteenth-centruy France. It examines the philosophes' views on evil, free will and determinism, and human nature. This is an interesting group to look at, according to Crocker, because French Enlightenment thinkers straddled two vastly different time periods.

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518
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Table of Contents

Prefatory Notes
Part I: Man in the Universe
Chapter 1. Man's Relation to God
Chapter 2. The Problem of Evil
Chapter 3. Man's Place
Part II: Freedom and Determinism
Chapter 4. The Activity of the Mind
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Prefatory Notes
Part I: Man in the Universe
Chapter 1. Man's Relation to God
Chapter 2. The Problem of Evil
Chapter 3. Man's Place
Part II: Freedom and Determinism
Chapter 4. The Activity of the Mind
Chapter 5. Freedom of Indifference. Intuition
Chapter 6. The Moral Consequences
Part III: Human Nature and Motivation
Chapter 7. The Theory of Human Nature
Chapter 8. Man's Detractors
Chapter 9. Reason and the Passions
Chapter 10. Forms and Values of Self-Interest (1)
Chapter 11. Forms and Values of Self-Interest (2): Approbation, Esteem, and Pride
Chapter 12. Man's Goodness
Chapter 13. Ethics and Christianity
Chapter 14. Human Nature in the Novel
Culminations
Bibliography
Index

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Lester G. Crocker

Lester G. Crocker (1912-2002) was a professor of History at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Virginia. He specialized in French literature and Enlightenment philosophy. He is also the author of An Age of Crisis: Man and World in Eighteenth Century French Thought, Rousseau's Social Contract: An Interpretive Essay, and Diderot's Chaotic Order: Approach and Synthesis.