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The Age of Enlightenment: The Eighteenth Century Philosophers (Opus Books) Paperback – October 11, 1979


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  • Series: Opus Books
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (October 11, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192830201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192830203
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,407,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This anthology contains Berlin's overview, and his introduction to a whole group of Enlightentment thinkers. More than anyone else Berlin brought these thinkers into the realm of British and American historical and philosophical discourse. While admiring them Berlin does not buy the utopian vision of any one, and his critical insights are balanced and wise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Berlin became a favorite philosophy expert of the New York Review of Books so I previously read many of his books. The long section of this summary of a century of philosophy explains the key ideas from an early work of David Hume and which paragraph woke Kant from his dogmatic slumber. If thinking is like a bobsled in which people learn to shift their weight according to the direction of the turn the bobsled is in, Berlin is an ideal commentator to make words on the page seem significant. Several hundred years of powerful technology separate us from the original readers of these philosophies. People can try to make machines keep track of important transactions, but most readers will still have too much in common with brains that are asleep.
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