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Georgia Southern faculty edits essays challenging eighteenth century culture

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Jeffrey D. Burson, Ph.D., associate professor of French history, co-edited The Skeptical Enlightenment: Doubt and Certainty in the Age of Reason, a recently published collection of essays that examines the process by which skepticism was challenged and gradually tamed to bring about an anxious confidence in the powers of human understanding. This work shows how doubt and anxiety about the limits of human understanding were at the very heart of the early Enlightenment.

Burson is the author of The Rise and Fall of Theological Enlightenment: Jean-Martin de Prades and Ideological Polarization in Eighteenth-Century France and the Culture of Enlightening and the Entangled Life of Abbé Claude Yvon in addition to numerous articles and chapters in edited collections of essays. He is also the co-editor of Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History and of The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences.

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