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The Enlightenment: A Sourcebook and Reader (Routledge Readers in History) Paperback – February 20, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0415204491 ISBN-10: 0415204496

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  • Series: Routledge Readers in History
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415204496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415204491
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This must be the best general reader on the Enlightenment now available.' - History of Political Thought

About the Author

Paul Hyland is Head of the School of Historical and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University College. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century studies and has taught and published widely in literary, historical and cultural studies. In 2000 he became the first British historian to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
Olga Gomez is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Lancaster University
Francesca Greensides is a part-time Lecturer in Historical and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University College.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
While I might quibble a bit with the chronological boundaries set by the editors of this text, it nonetheless incorporates the majority of the Enlightenment period in the selection of writings. The Enlightenment is primarily the post-Renaissance philosophical period around the eighteenth century, where reason and individualism in the various intellectual disciplines surpassed tradition as primary factors. Key figures in the Enlightenment strand of philosophy include Newton, Locke, Leibniz, Voltaire, Hume, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Diderot, Pope, Gibbon, Adam Smith, Bentham and Kant. Various artistic, literary, philosophical, and political movements that began in the Enlightenment are still primary factors in the world today. For example, the economic and political frameworks of the American Revolution and the French Revolution came out of this movement. Scientific and mathematical principles established during this period still remain powerful methodological tools in current practice.
Editors Paul Hyland, Olga Gomez and Francesca Greensides each bring a background of liberal arts, history and cultural studies to bear the task of developing this superb collection of readings and essays on the Enlightenment. The texts themselves come from as original of sources as were available -- the editors did not try to 'clean up' the language or standardise too much, but did do editorial changes to reduce awkwardness in punctuation, capitalisation and such. Most of these selections come from authoritative eighteenth century editions or translations.
Each section of sources is tied to a particular subject or theme; each section is introduced by a brief essay discussing the importance of the subject or theme to the overall context of the Enlightenment.
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