The Enlightenment: A Sourcebook and Reader

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Paul Hyland, Olga Gomez, Francesca Greensides
Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 467 pages

The Enlightenment brings together the work of major Enlightenment thinkers such as Hobbes, Rousseau, Diderot and Kant, to illustrate the full importance and achievements of this period in history. Extracts are gathered thematically into sections on such aspects of the Enlightenment as:

  • political theory
  • religion and belief
  • art and nature.

All essays are introduced, and a final section on 'critical reflections' provides a selection of modern critical opinions on the period by writers including Foucault, Habermas, and Lyotard.

Containing illustrations from the work of artists such as Hogarth and Gainsborough, a chronology of the Enlightenment, and a detailed bibliography, The Enlightenment is a rich source of information and inspiration for all those studying this great period of change.

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Contents

Human nature
48
The natural world
77
Stephen Hales Vegetable Statics 1727
98
Science and invention
111
Political rights and responsibilities
148
The development of civil society
185
Moral principles and punishments
209
Gender and society
243
Radicalism and revolution
328
Autobiographical reflections
352
Julien Offray de La Mettrie Man a Machine 1747
377
JeanJacques Rousseau Discourse on Inequality 1755
389
Chronology
413
Denis Diderot Colour of the Inhabitants and Wretched Condition
416
Further reading
419
The search for knowledge
443

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263
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286
Alexander Pope An Essay on Man 173334
296

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