The Enlightenment: A Sourcebook and Reader

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Paul Hyland, Olga Gomez, Francesca Greensides
Psychology Press, 2003 - 467 Seiten
By the end of the eighteenth century a distinctly modern vision of life was emerging. The revolutions in America and France revealed new beliefs about human nature; rights and duties; the natural and material worlds; and a new faith in science, technology and the idea of progress. As people began to change the way they thought about themselves and the world around them, a whole new way of thinking developed, which still has an overwhelming impact two centuries on. The Enlightenment Reader brings together the work of major Enlightenment thinkers 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. In each section, the texts are introduced and a final section on 'Critical Reflections' provides a selection of modern critical opinions on the period. Containing illustrations from the work of artists such as Hogarth and Chardin, a chronology of the Enlightenment, and a detailed bibliography, The Enlightenment Reader is a rich source information and inspiration for all those studying this great period of change.

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David Hume Of Miracles from An Enquiry Concerning Human
4
Human nature
48
Voltaire Poem on the Lisbon Disaster 1756 Theist from Philosophical
62
JeanJacques Rousseau The Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Priest
84
The natural world
91
Science and invention
122
Political rights and responsibilities
148
The development of civil society
176
Art architecture and nature
259
Europeans and the wider world
296
Radicalism and revolution 328 12 Radicalism and revolution
331
Autobiographical reflections
352
Modern critical reflections
377
The search for knowledge
413
Further reading
419
Religion and belief
443

Moral principles and punishments
209
Gender and society
233

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