The Western Intellectual Tradition

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Harper Collins, Aug 1, 1962 - History - 544 pages
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Traces the development of thought through historical movements and periods from 1500 to 1830.

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Review: The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel

User Review  - Srobona Chatterjee - Goodreads

Excellent broad and deep scholarly but readable introduction to western intellectual history. I learned more (much much more) from this book than my freshman western philosophy 1 and 2 put together. And it's only $10. Read full review

Review: The Western Intellectual Tradition, from Leonardo to Hegel

User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

A good overview of "the tradition" of Western thought. The authors present the thesis that Western thought is characterized by breaking from tradition, and this guides their presentation. The book ... Read full review


2 The CityStates of Italy
Thomas More
5 Erasmus and the Humanists
The Reformation
The Scientific Revolution
The Elizabethan Age
1o The Royal Society
The Industrial Revolution
Businessmen and Technicians
Adam Smith
2o Benjamin Franklin
2t Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution
The French Revolution and Its Napoleonic Sequel
Edmund Burke
Jeremy Bentham

1t Hobbes and Locke
12 The Method of Descartes
The Contribution of Pascal and Bayle
Science and Satire
15 Montesquieu
25 Robert Owen
The Emergence of History
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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Bruce Mazlish is professor emeritus of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Leader, The Led, and the Psyche; The Riddle of History; and Reflections on the Modern and the Global.

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