The Portable Enlightenment Reader
The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an 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 works from this era, with more than 100 selections from a range of sources. It includes examples 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.
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actions animals arts authority beauty become believe body cause Christian citizens civil common consequence consider crimes DAVID HUME deism DENIS DIDEROT Descartes duty earth effect Encyclopédie Enlightenment equal evil existence faculties fear feeling force give greater happiness honor human ideas imagination IMMANUEL KANT individual interest JOSEPH PRIESTLEY judge kind knowledge labor less liberty live man’s mankind manner MARQUIS DE CONDORCET matter means medullary Substance men’s mind monarch moral nations necessary never objects obliged observed opinion ourselves pain Pangloss particular passions perfect person philosopher PHYSIOCRATIC pleasure political prejudice principle produce progress punishment reason religion render respect sciences Scottish Enlightenment sensation sense sentiments slavery slaves society soul sovereign species spirit sublime superstition taste things THOMAS PAINE thought true truth understanding virtue Voltaire whole woman women words