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The Enlightenment free pdf More than any earlier period of European intellectual history, the age of Enlightenment infused the republic of letters with social and political significance- this long-awaited new collection from Routledge brings together in five volumes the very best scholarship on the period and its legacy. Volume I ('Definitions') addresses questions of general chronology and internal periodization, of national and international perspective and of thematic continuities or breaks. It includes classic readings on the so-called 'Enlightenment Project', the 'Radical Enlightenment', and 'Conservative Enlightenment', and on the putative differences between the Enlightenment in France, with often unattached professional writers, on the one hand, and in Scotland, Germany, and Italy, with their distinctive national traditions or civic culture, university professors, courtiers or public officials, on the other. It also incorporates historical and critical essays addressed to the Enlightenment's alleged responsibility for institutions or policies prevalent in the twentieth century, including economic globalization and the Holocaust. Volume II ('Knowledge') brings together the best work on key themes in eighteenth-century philosophy, epistemology, linguistics, the arts (including music), and the sciences. It considers the elaboration of the natural and human sciences and the production and dissemination of knowledge via universities, academies, and encyclopedias. Attention is also given to the development of medicine and historical inquiry. The third volume ('Civilization') collects vital scholarship which addresses eighteenth-century perspectives on humankind's passage from barbarism to civilization--terms whose invention in or association with the age of Enlightenment are also treated here. It embraces notable contributions to eighteenth-century political economy as well as discussions of sociability, the book trade, the role of women, and the Counter-Enlightenment. Volume IV ('Power'), meanwhile, focuses on eighteenth-century political doctrines and their transforming effects on institutions from the nation-state to Church to the practices of international relations. In so doing it surveys Enlightenment concepts of constitutionalism and enlightened absolutism, toleration and revealed religion, and anti-imperialism and perpetual peace. The final volume in the collection ('Revolutions') focuses on the much-debated and crucial question of the relationship of the Enlightenment to the American and French Revolutions, as well as the equally important question of how the Enlightenment continues to shape academic and political debates today.

About Ryan Patrick Hanley

Marquette University, USA Florida State University, USA

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Author : Ryan Patrick Hanley
Publisher : Routledge
Data Published : 26 October 2009
ISBN : 0415346878
EAN : 9780415346870
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 1968 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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