By Egon Friedell
This is the second one quantity of Friedell's huge A Cultural historical past of the fashionable Age. A key determine within the flowering of Viennese tradition among the 2 global wars, this 3 quantity paintings is taken into account his masterpiece. The centuries lined during this moment quantity mark the victory of the scientifi c brain: in nature-research, language-research, politics, economics, warfare, even morality, poetry, and faith. All structures of notion produced during this century, both start with the scientifi c outlook as their origin or regard it as their optimum and fi nal goal.
Friedell claims 3 major streams pervade the eighteenth century: Enlightenment, Revolution, and Classicism. In traditional use, by means of "Enlightenment" we suggest an severe rationalistic tendency of which initial phases have been famous within the 17th century. Th e time period "Classicism", is definitely understood.
Under the time period "Revolution" Friedell contains all events directed opposed to what has been dominant and conventional. Th e goals of such pursuits have been home improvement the kingdom and society, banning all esthetic canons, and dethronement of cause via sentiment, all within the identify of the "Return to Nature." Th e Enlightenment tendency will be noticeable as laying the floor for an age of revolution. Th is moment quantity maintains Friedell's dramatic background of the using forces of the 20th century.
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