The Portable Enlightenment Reader

The Portable Enlightenment Reader - The Viking Portable Library

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140245660
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.253
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 670
Weight: 468g
Height: 195mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 30mm