The decline of magic : Britain in the Enlightenment / Michael Hunter.

Author
Hunter, Michael, 1949- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
Description
xi, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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A provocative account of the seismic shift in attitude toward the supernatural in seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain. Early modern Britain embraced many forms of the supernatural and took the absolute existence of a spiritual world for granted. Yet in the eighteenth century these certainties were swept away. In this ground-breaking account, Michael Hunter argues that the real pioneers in skepticism about magic were humanists and free-thinkers. However, their critical attitude toward religion meant that their views were often dismissed. Hunter reveals just how divided opinion remained and how magic was never properly tested in the Enlightenment.
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Britain in the Enlightenment
ISBN
  • 9780300243581
  • 0300243588 (hardcover)
OCLC
1090484806
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