The Enlightenment

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 16, 2001 - History - 90 pages
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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.

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Disappointing, I liked his history of medicine and keen to follow through on the Enlightenment after reading A C Grayling. This is a kind of omnium gatherum of British intellectual life in the whole ... Read full review

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

Porter guides the reader through the changes that are hallmarks of the Enlightenment as they transpired in and apply to Britain. Specifically he contends that the Enlightenment was every bit as much a British phenomenon as it was French and German. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

ROY PORTER sometime Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. He has written widely on the history of medicine, psychiatry and the Enlightenment. His recent books include Doctor of Society: Thomas Beddoes and the Sick Trade in Late Enlightenment England (1991), London: A Social History (1994) and 'The Greatest Benefit to Mankind': A Medical History of Humanity (1997).

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