The Portable Enlightenment Reader (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 1, 1995 - Literary Collections - 704 pages
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The Age of Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an exultant intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and natural experience, Enlightenment philosophers in Europe and America planted the seeds for modern liberalism, cultural humanism, science and technology, and laissez-faire capitalism. This volume brings together the era's classic works, with more than a hundred selections from a broad range of sources—including works by Kant, Diderot, Voltaire, Newton, Rousseau, Locke, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Paine—that demonstrate the pervasive impact of Enlightenment views on philosophy and epistemology as well as on political, social, and economic institutions. Included are seminal discourses on science and religion, on the social contract, on the equality (and inequality) of the sexes and the races, and on economics and markets, as well as homages to nature and sexual pleasure, and poetry and opera librettos that embody the movement's social ideals.
  

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While this book wasn't always exactly a thrill to read, it did serve to quickly introduce the attentive reader to some of the most influential works published during the Enlightenment. By its very ... Read full review

Contents

DEFINITIONS
AXIOMS OR LAWS OF MOTION
RULES OF REASONING IN PHILOSOPHY
THE ECCLESIASTICAL MINISTRY
FANATICISM
RELIGION
SECT
SUPERSTITION
OF EDUCATION IN A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT
OF THE LAWS WHICH ESTABLISH POLITICAL LIBERTY WITH REGARD TO THE CONSTITUTION
OF LAWS IN RELATION TO THE NATURE OF THE CLIMATE
DEMOCRACY
EQUALITY
FATHERLAND
LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
SUBJECT OF THE FIRST BOOK

TOLERANCE
TO FREDERICK WILLIAM PRINCE OF PRUSSIA
ON THE PRESBYTERIANS
SYLLABUS OF AN ESTIMATE OF THE MERIT OF THE DOCTRINES OF JESUS COMPARED WITH THOSE OF OTHERS
ACTION
FRIENDSHIP
POWER
OF THE GOODNESS OF MAN IN THE CRADLE
OF THE PRINCIPLE OF UTILITY
OF PRINCIPLES ADVERSE TO THAT OF UTILITY
OF THE STATE OF NATURE
OF SLAVERY
OF POLITICAL OR CIVIL SOCIETY
OF THE BEGINNING OF POLITICAL SOCIETIES
OF THE ENDS OF POLITICAL SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT
OF THE EXTENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE POWER
PREFACE
THE SOCIAL COMPACT
THE SOVEREIGN
THE CIVIL STATE
THAT SOVEREIGNTY IS INALIENABLE
WHETHER THE GENERAL WILL Is FALLIBLE
DEPUTIES OR REPRESENTATIVES
CONSEQUENCES OF THE PRINCIPLES OF DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS
OF THE LAWS THAT ESTABLISH POLITICAL LIBERTY IN RELATION TO THE SUBJECT
OF LAWS IN RELATION TO RELIGION
I GENERAL VIEW OF CASES UNMEET FOR PUNISHMENT
3 CASES IN WHICH PUNISHMENT MUST BE INEFFICACIOUS
4 CASES WHERE PUNISHMENT IS UNPROFITABLE
5 CASES WHERE PUNISHMENT IS NEEDLESS
THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN
DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN AND THE FEMALE CITIZEN
FORM FOR A SOCIAL CONTRACT BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN
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About the author (1995)

Isaac Kramnick was born in 1938 and educated at Harvard University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1965, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, Yale and Cornell, where he is now Professor of Government. He is married to Miriam Brody Kramnick and lives in Ithaca, New York. Among his publications are Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Rage of Edmund Burke and numerous articles on eighteenth century topics. He has edited William Godwin’s Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and, with Michael Foot, The Thomas Paine Reader for the Penguin Classics. Most recently he is the author, with Barry Sheerman, MP, of Laski: A Lift on the Left.

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