His book the first exhaustive account of the idea of enlightenment itself is both a history and a critical reflection on how the indisputable origin of the modern world has been conceived defended and abused over the centuries. Thankfully for all of us busy occupying more central positions italian historian vincenzo ferrones newly translated book the enlightenment history of an idea manages to provide an answer that does away with such confusions. The age of enlightenment also known as the age of reason or simply the enlightenment was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in europe during the 18th century the century of philosophy. The enlightenment history of an idea by vincenzo ferrone separating the past from philosophy is the key to understanding the period learns caroline warman argumentative lordly book surveys all the ways in which commentators on the enlightenment have got it wrong from hegel onwards yes says vincenzo ferrone this misinterpretation is . Enlightenment enlightenment a european intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries in which ideas concerning god reason nature and humanity were synthesized into a worldview that gained wide assent in the west and that instigated revolutionary developments in art philosophy and politics
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