A Companion to the Enlightenment

A Companion to the Enlightenment

by John Yolton
     
 

An authoritative and readable reference, the companion encompasses many disciplines from philosophy to art history, from science to music, and will inform student and specialist alike. Entries are alphabetically organized and include articles on the Enlightenment in various countries and on topics, movements, issues and concepts ranging from absolutism and

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An authoritative and readable reference, the companion encompasses many disciplines from philosophy to art history, from science to music, and will inform student and specialist alike. Entries are alphabetically organized and include articles on the Enlightenment in various countries and on topics, movements, issues and concepts ranging from absolutism and academics to universities and witchcraft. The Companion carries substantial interpretative essays on such topics as dictionaries and encyclopedias, the Diderot-d'Alembert Encyclopedia, publishing, language, art, music and the theater. The subject entries vary in length from substantial essays to short, useful definitions of specialized topics.

Integrated with the topic-based coverage are several hundred biographical entries giving dates of birth and death, posts, fields of activity, writings and achievements for all significant individuals discussed in the Companion. While focusing on the years 1720 to 1780, the longer-term effects of the movement are followed through entries that also survey the early years of the nineteenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This enlightening companion is a work of reference valuable to anybody interested in the history of thought." The Times

"An informative and authoritative resource." English Literature

"This attractive reference book will be of enormous value to anyone interested in virtually any aspect of the Enlightenment ... an essential volume for libraries, Enlightenment scholars, and anyone interested in the age." History

"Fine guide ... easy to use." Social & Behavioral Sciences

"This encyclopedic Companion is a much-needed triumph. A superb collection of short entries by leading scholars who judiciously blend fact and interpretation. Will be received and remain as the standard reference tool. Illuminates every area of the Enlightenment." European History Quarterly

"An immensely useful work of reference. This is a book which should be in every student's study." British Journal for 18th Century Studies

Library Journal
It is historically appropriate that a reference book on the Enlightenment should be in the form of a dictionary or encyclopedia. Under the editorship of Yolton, the noted Locke scholar, this volume contains numerous brief biographical and topical essays by different authors. Many figures who fall outside the conventional French, British, and German circles are included, reminding us that the Enlightenment played an important role in Italy, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe as well. Most of the articles include a selective bibliography. If the quality of the individual articles is occasionally uneven, the comprehensiveness of the work makes it a valuable resource.-- T.L. Cooksey, Arm strong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631196884
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/16/1991
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.26(d)

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