The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

A Beginner's Guide

Book - 2010
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"Blamed for the bloody disasters of the 20th century: Auschwitz, the Gulags, globalisation, Islamic terrorism; heralded as the harbinger of reason, equality, and the end of arbitrary rule, the Enlightenment has been nothing if not divisive. To this day historians disagree over when it was, where it was, and what it was (and sometimes, still is). Kieron O'Hara deftly traverses these conflicts, presenting the history, politics, science, religion, arts, and social life of the Enlightenment not as a simple set of easily enumerated ideas, but an evolving conglomerate that spawned a very diverse set of thinkers, from the radical Rousseau to the conservative Burke."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2010.
ISBN: 9781851687091
1851687092
Characteristics: ix, 266 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction: aspects of Enlightenment
The genesis and progress of the Enlightenment
Enlightenments?
Glimmers of Enlightenment
Philosophy
Political theory and the road to revolution
Nature, reason and science
Religion in the age of reason
The arts
The Enlightenment's legacy
Conclusions: the Enlightenment today.
Summary: "Blamed for the bloody disasters of the 20th century: Auschwitz, the Gulags, globalisation, Islamic terrorism; heralded as the harbinger of reason, equality, and the end of arbitrary rule, the Enlightenment has been nothing if not divisive. To this day historians disagree over when it was, where it was, and what it was (and sometimes, still is). Kieron O'Hara deftly traverses these conflicts, presenting the history, politics, science, religion, arts, and social life of the Enlightenment not as a simple set of easily enumerated ideas, but an evolving conglomerate that spawned a very diverse set of thinkers, from the radical Rousseau to the conservative Burke."--Publisher's description.

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