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Portable Enlightenment Reader

by Isaac Kramnick
Editor Isaac Kramnick

Penguin Books USA | December 1, 1995 | Trade Paperback |

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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 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: December 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin Books USA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140245669

ISBN - 13: 9780140245660

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Portable Enlightenment Reader

Portable Enlightenment Reader

by Isaac Kramnick
Editor Isaac Kramnick

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: December 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin Books USA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140245669

ISBN - 13: 9780140245660

Table of Contents

Notes to Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading Chronological Table Part One: The Enlightenment Spirit: An Overview What is Enlightenment? Kant The Human Mind Emerged from Barbarism d’Alembert “Encyclopédie” Diderot Definition of a Philosophe Dumarsais Le mariage de Figaro Beaumarchais The Magic Flute Mozart The Future Progress of the Human Mind Condorcet Part Two: Reason and Nature The New Science Bacon Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy Newton The New Physics Cotes On Bacon and Newton Voltaire The Rat Buffon The Utility of Science Condorcet The Organization of Scientific Research Priestley Letter to Joseph Priestley Franklin Part Three: Reason and God On Superstition and Tolerance Bayle A Letter Concerning Toleration Locke On Enthusiasm Shaftesbury The Argument for a Deity Newton A Discourse of Free-Thinking Collins “If there is a God…;” Montesquieu Of Miracles and the Origin of Religion Hume Reflections on Religion Voltaire Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar Rousseau “No need of theology…;only of reason…;” d’Holbach The Progress of Superstition Gibbon Unitarianism Priestley “Religion…;my views of it…;” Jefferson “Something of my religion…;” Franklin The Temple of Reason The Age of Reason Paine Part Four: Reason and Humanity The Mind and Ideas “I think, therefore I am…;” Descartes An Essay Concerning Human Understanding L
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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 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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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.

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 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 natur

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