Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Arts of WonderEnchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeffrey L. Kosky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2022

(IN PLACE OF AN) Introduction

(IN PLACE OF AN) Introduction

A Picture of Modern Disenchantment

(p.1) (IN PLACE OF AN) Introduction
Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This book starts with a picture that serves as a depiction of modern disenchantment. What it shows has become almost commonplace, hardly worth remark, much less, years of obsession. The book presents here the frontispiece to Christian Wolff’s emblematic work of the European Enlightenment, Reasonable Thoughts on God, the World and the human Soul, and All things in General. Communicated to the Lovers of Truth by Christian Wolff. It is an image of enlightenment and of revelation—of seeing the light and seeing it according to the format of light as a cone of illuminating rays streaming from a point source. This gives voice to a certain dualism: light and dark are opposed and irreconcilable, the light coming only after the darkness. It also gives voice to a sense of novelty or uniqueness, a break with how things have been in that dark past. Finally, it implies that light, at some time, departed, if it now returns or is brought back.

Keywords:   modern disenchantment, dualism, Christian Wolff, European Enlightenment, revelation, light, dark, novelty

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.