The eighteenth-century Enlightenment was one of the most exciting and significant currents of European culture. Battling against tyranny, ignorance and superstition, it formulated the ideals which still inform our society...Show More
The eighteenth-century Enlightenment was one of the most exciting and significant currents of European culture. Battling against tyranny, ignorance and superstition, it formulated the ideals which still inform our society today: a belief in reason, criticism, freedom of thought, religion and expression, the value of science, the pursuit of progress. Enlightenment thinkers undermined the ancien regime and provided the ideas for the French Revolution. Modern scholarship, however, has shown it was a more complex and ambiguous movement than commonly recognized. This book, now in a fully updated second edition, sympathetically explores the complexities of the Enlightenment. Synthesizing and evaluating the latest scholarship, it offers a new and comprehensive vision of this many-faceted movement.Show Less
Concise and highly readable introduction to a complex subject
Introduction and Acknowledgements
What Was the Enlightenment?
The Goal: A Science of Man
The Politics of Enlightenment
Reforming Religion by Reason
Who Was the Enlightenment?
Unity or Diversity?
Movement or Mentalité?
Conclusion: Did the Enlightenment Matter?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Enlightened Absolutism H.M. Scott
- Thomas Hobbes A P Martinich
- Thomas Hobbes Johann P. Sommerville
- The Enlightenment Roy Porter
- Media in History Jukka Kortti
- Twentieth-Century Europe Richard Brown, Christopher Daniels
- Popular Movements, 1830-50 John Towers Ward
- The Normans in Britain John Cantrell, Donald Wilkinson
- The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science John Henry
- Technology in America Alan I. Marcus, Howard P. Segal
- Queenship in Early Modern Europe Charles Beem
- Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War Michael P. Johnson