The Portable Enlightenment Reader [NOOK Book]

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The Age of Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an exultant intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and natural experience, Enlightenment philosophers in Europe and America planted the seeds for modern liberalism, cultural humanism, science and technology, and laissez-faire capitalism. This volume brings ...
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The Portable Enlightenment Reader

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Overview

The Age of Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an exultant intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and natural experience, Enlightenment philosophers in Europe and America planted the seeds for modern liberalism, cultural humanism, science and technology, and laissez-faire capitalism. This volume brings together the era's classic works, with more than a hundred selections from a broad range of sources—including works by Kant, Diderot, Voltaire, Newton, Rousseau, Locke, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Paine—that demonstrate the pervasive impact of Enlightenment views on philosophy and epistemology as well as on political, social, and economic institutions. Included are seminal discourses on science and religion, on the social contract, on the equality (and inequality) of the sexes and the races, and on economics and markets, as well as homages to nature and sexual pleasure, and poetry and opera librettos that embody the movement's social ideals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101127971
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Series: Portable Library
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 677,279
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Isaac Kramnick was born in 1938 and educated at Harvard University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1965, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, Yale and Cornell, where he is now Professor of Government. He is married to Miriam Brody Kramnick and lives in Ithaca, New York. Among his publications are Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Rage of Edmund Burke and numerous articles on eighteenth century topics. He has edited William Godwin’s Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and, with Michael Foot, The Thomas Paine Reader for the Penguin Classics. Most recently he is the author, with Barry Sheerman, MP, of Laski: A Lift on the Left.
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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Excellent collection of some of the best enlightenment writings

    Wonderful reading for those interested in politics. A little history of the evolution of some of the terms that get kicked around on the TV might put some things in better perspective.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Enlightenment and Romanticism Class required book

    Contained in this book is all the essays from the Enlightenment period. Excerpts of letters and writings that the philosophes wrote at the time on their feelings, opinions, to each other, in response to contemporaries works. Very, Very difficult to get through with out background information on what was going on at the time the essay's were written.

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