The Portable Enlightenment Reader

The Portable Enlightenment Reader

by Various, Isaac Kramnick
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The Portable Enlightenment Reader by Various

The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an 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 works from this era, with more than 100 selections from a range of sources. It includes examples 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101127971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1995
Series: Portable Library
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 775,031
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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The Portable Enlightenment Reader 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a furry, dog to be more exact.
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austinreader More than 1 year ago
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.
Debi-B More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago