Reason and Authority in the Eighteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 2013 - Philosophy - 360 pages
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Originally published in 1964, this book examines the influence of reason and authority upon English thought in the eighteenth century. The text relates these two concepts to movements in religious and political thought, beginning with Locke's views on faith and reason before going through various areas and finishing with the beginnings of Romanticism. The age of the Enlightenment is seen as constituted, on the one hand, by an attempt to relate all significant intellectual movements to reason and, on the other, an attempt to devise proper restraints on the authority of reason. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in philosophy, social and political thought, and eighteenth-century English history.
 

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Contents

THE AUTHORITY OF REASON CONFIRMED
28
THE AUTHORITY OF REASON INDEPENDENT
62
THE RETORT TO REASONLAW BERKELEY
93
SCEPTICISM AND ITS CHALLENGE
125
THE AUTHORITY OF A REVITALISED FAITH
155
THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE AND
181
THE APPEAL TO THE AUTHORITY OF SCIENCE
216
THE AUTHORITY OF TRADITION AND
250
CONCLUSION
276
Bibliography
285
Notes
298
Index
334
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