The Myth of Modernity

1st Edition

Charles Baudouin

Routledge
Published April 11, 2017
Reference - 174 Pages
ISBN 9781138829114 - CAT# Y173109
Series: Collected Works of Charles Baudouin

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Summary

First published in 1950, this was a new work by Charles Baudouin, world-famous French psychologist and takes its title from the opening chapter, which examines the transformation of the myth of Progress, characteristic of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, into the myth of Modernity, characteristic of the time of writing.

The author has little sympathy for a development which he regards as essentially vulgar; the myth of Progress, he says, had its aspiration and gave man reasons for reaching out for better things, but the myth of Modernity ‘seems to give humanity reasons only for fleeing from itself, reasons for unhappiness, inasmuch as the man who runs away from himself is an unhappy man’.

This chapter is characteristic of those that follow – on Baudelaire, Verlaine and other literary topics; on Art and the Epoch, The Prestige of Action, Technique versus Mysticism, Opinion and Tolerance, etc. A broad humanity and a gentle irony are the characteristic features of this simulating book, now available again to be enjoyed in its historical context.

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