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Enlightenment : Studies in European History

Enlightenment : Studies in European History - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0333945056

Cover of Enlightenment : Studies in European History 2ND 01 (ISBN 978-0333945056)
ISBN13: 978-0333945056
ISBN10: 0333945050
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 01
Publisher: Palgrave
Published: 2001
International: No

List price: $36.00

Enlightenment : Studies in European History - 2ND 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0333945056

Roy Porter

ISBN13: 978-0333945056
ISBN10: 0333945050
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 01
Publisher: Palgrave

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

The 18th-century Enlightenment was one of the most exciting and significant currents of European culture. Battling against tyranny, ignorance, and superstition, it formulated the ideals of thought, religion, and expression, the value of science, and the pursuit of progress. Enlightenment thinkers undermined the ancien regime and provided the ideas for the French Revolution. Modern scholarship, however, has shown it was a more complex and ambiguous movement than commonly recognized. This book, now in a fully updated second edition, sympathetically explores the complexities of the Enlightenment. Synthesizing and evaluating the latest scholarship, it offers a new and comprehensive vision of this many-faceted movement.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
A Note on References
Introduction and Acknowledgements
What was the Enlightenment? p. 1
The Goal: A Science of Man p. 11
The Politics of Enlightenment p. 22
Reforming Religion by Reason p. 29
Who was the Enlightenment? p. 38
Unity or Diversity? p. 47
Movement or Mentalite? p. 56
Conclusion: Did the Enlightenment Matter? p. 64
Reading Suggestions p. 70
Index p. 84
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