The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment
Publisher Penguin UK
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Category Philosophy
Total Pages 1008
ISBN 9780241004838
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The Enlightenment is one of the formative periods of Western history, yet more than 300 years after it began, it remains controversial. It is often seen as the fountainhead of modern values such as human rights, religious toleration, freedom of thought, scientific thought as an exemplary form of reasoning, and rationality and evidence-based argument. Others accuse the Enlightenment of putting forward a scientific rationality which ignores the complexity and variety of human beings, propagates shallow atheism, and aims to subjugate nature to so-called technical progress. Answering the question 'what is Enlightenment?' Kant famously urged men and women above all to 'have the courage to use your own understanding'. Robertson shows how the thinkers of the Enlightenment did just that, seeking a rounded understanding of humanity in which reason was balanced with emotion and sensibility. His book goes behind the controversies about the Enlightenment to return to its original texts and to show that above all it sought to increase human happiness in this world by promoting scientific inquiry and reasoned argument. His book overturns many received opinions - for example, that enlightenment necessarily implied hostility to religion (though it did challenge the authority traditionally assumed by the Churches). It is a master-class in 'big picture' history, about one of the foundational epochs of modern times.

The Enlightenment
  • Author : Ritchie Robertson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2020-11-05

The Enlightenment is one of the formative periods of Western history, yet more than 300 years after it began, it remains controversial. It is often seen as the fountainhead of modern values such as human rights, religious toleration, freedom of thought, scientific thought as an exemplary form of reasoning, and rationality

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The Enlightenment
  • Author : Dorinda Outram
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-10

Debate over the meaning of 'Enlightenment' began in the eighteenth century and still continues to this day. This period saw the opening of arguments on the nature of man, truth, the place of God, and the international circulation of ideas, people and gold. But did the Enlightenment mean the same

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The Enlightenment
  • Author : Kieron O'Hara
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-12-01

Blamed for the bloody disasters of the 20th century: Auschwitz, the Gulags, globalisation, Islamic terrorism; heralded as the harbinger of reason, equality, and the end of arbitrary rule, the Enlightenment has been nothing if not divisive. To this day historians disagree over when it was, where it was, and what

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Panorama of the Enlightenment
  • Author : Dorinda Outram
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Release Date : 2006

Presents a comprehensive overview of the Enlightenment, discussing the intellectuals of the period who promoted the scientific method of investigation and explored such topics as nature, the universe, the human mind, the rights of women, and medicine.

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The Enlightenment and the Book
  • Author : Richard B. Sher
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2008-09-15

The late eighteenth century witnessed an explosion of intellectual activity in Scotland by such luminaries as David Hume, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, James Boswell, and Robert Burns. And the books written by these seminal thinkers made a significant mark during their time in almost every field

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Enlightenment Now
  • Author : Steven Pinker
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-02-13

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR "My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives,

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Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment  Paris and London
  • Author : Nicolás Bas Martín
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-02-05

In A View from Abroad Nicolás Bas recreates, using a bibliographical approach, the manner in which Spain was regarded in Europe in the Eighteenth century, by consulting booksellers’ catalogues, private book collections and key auctions in Paris and London.

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The Enlightenment on Trial
  • Author : Associate Professor of History Bianca Premo,Bianca Premo
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-16

This is a history not of an Enlightenment but rather the Enlightenment - the rights-oriented, formalist, secularizing, freedom-inspired eighteenth-century movement that defined modern Western law. Its principal protagonists, rather than members of a cosmopolitan Republic of Letters, arenon-literate, poor, and enslaved litigants who sued their superiors in the royal courts

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The Enlightenment in America
  • Author : Henry Farnham May
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 1978

Throughout the book he relates the Enlightenment to Protestant Christianity, for it is out of the clashes and reconciliations between those two systems that 19th-century American culture--a culture that lasted almost to our own time--took shape. Defined so broadly, the religion of Enlightenment obviously included many different kinds of people--deists

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The Practices of the Enlightenment
  • Author : Dorothea E. von Mücke
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02

Rethinking the relationship between eighteenth-century Pietist traditions and Enlightenment thought and practice, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complex and often neglected religious origins of modern secular discourse. Mapping surprising routes of exchange between the religious and aesthetic writings of the period and recentering concerns of authorship and audience, this

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The Dark Side of the Enlightenment  Wizards  Alchemists  and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason
  • Author : John V. Fleming
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2013-07-22

Why spiritual and supernatural yearnings, even investigations into the occult, flourished in the era of rationalist philosophy. In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment—generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional

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Race and the Enlightenment
  • Author : Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date : 1997-02-18

Emmanuel Eze collects into one convenient and controversial volume the most important and influential writings on race that the European Enlightenment produced.

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The Enlightenment
  • Author : Dorinda Outram
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-09-08

This is the second edition of a unique textbook on the Enlightenment.

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Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment
  • Author : Béla Kapossy,Isaac Nakhimovsky,Richard Whatmore
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-20

This volume offers a new history of the relationship between commerce and politics, from the eighteenth century to the present.

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Critics of the Enlightenment
  • Author : Christopher Olaf Blum
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020

Read online Critics of the Enlightenment written by Christopher Olaf Blum, published by which was released on 2020. Download full Critics of the Enlightenment Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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