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The Enlightenment
A Sourcebook and Reader

ISBN 9780415204491
Published March 21, 2003 by Routledge
488 Pages

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Book Description

The Enlightenment brings together the work of major Enlightenment thinkers such as Hobbes, Rousseau, Diderot and Kant, to illustrate the full importance and achievements of this period in history. Extracts are gathered thematically into sections on such aspects of the Enlightenment as:

  • political theory
  • religion and belief
  • art and nature.

All essays are introduced, and a final section on 'critical reflections' provides a selection of modern critical opinions on the period by writers including Foucault, Habermas, and Lyotard.

Containing illustrations from the work of artists such as Hogarth and Gainsborough, a chronology of the Enlightenment, and a detailed bibliography, The Enlightenment is a rich source of information and inspiration for all those studying this great period of change.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Sources  1. Human Nature  2. The Search for Knowledge  3. Religion and Belief  4. The Natural World  5. Science and Invention  6. Political Rights and Responsibilities  7. The Development of Civil Society  8. Moral Principles and Punishments  9. Gender and Society  10. Art, Architecture and Nature  11. Europeans and the Wider World  12. Radicalism and Revolution  13. Autobiographical Reflections  Part 2: Reader  14. Modern Critical Reflections  Part 3: Chronology and Further Reading

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'This must be the best general reader on the Enlightenment now available.' - History of Political Thought