The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

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Debate over the meaning of 'Enlightenment' began in the eighteenth century and still continues to this day. This period saw the opening of arguments on the nature of man, truth, the place of God and the international circulation of ideas, people and gold. But did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans? In the third edition of her acclaimed book, Dorinda Outram addresses these and other questions about the Enlightenment as controversy increases about its place at the foundation of modernity. She studies it as a global phenomenon, setting the period against broader social changes. This new edition offers a new chapter on political economy, a completely revised further reading section and a new feature on electronic sources to stimulate primary research. This accessible overview will be essential reading for students of eighteenth-century history, philosophy and the history of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 4 b/w illus.
  • 1139603957
  • 9781139603959

Table of contents

1. What is Enlightenment?; 2. Coffee houses and consumers: the social context of Enlightenment; 3. Enlightenment and government; new departure or business as usual?; 4. Political economy: the science of the state and the market; 5. Exploration, cross-cultural contact, and the ambivalence of the Enlightenment; 6. When people are property: the problem of slavery in the Enlightenment; 7. Enlightenment thinking about gender; 8. Science and the Enlightenment: God's order and man's understanding; 9. The rise of modern paganism? Religion and the Enlightenment; 10. The end of the Enlightenment: conspiracy and revolution?; Brief biographies; Suggestions for further more

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'The book is not just a refreshing approach for students but a worthwhile refresher for any teacher.' The British Journal for the History of Scienceshow more

About Dorinda Outram

Dorinda Outram is Clark Professor of History at the University of Rochester. Her previous publications include Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979 (1987) and The Body and the French Revolution: Sex, Class and Political Culture (1989).show more

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