Flesh in the Age of Reason
The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul
By (author) Roy Porter
Flesh in the Age of Reason by Roy Porter
Book DescriptionIn this "readable and humane book" (Los Angeles Times Book Review), the late historian Roy Porter traces the course of man's philosophical journey from the superstitious, spiritually obsessed Dark Ages to our modern perspective, based on reason and grounded in the body. He demonstrates how the explosion of rational thought and scientific innovation during the Enlightenment began to change our understanding of the flesh and its relation to the soul. No longer simply a "mortal coil," the body eventually became the location, and source, of our conscious selves. Porter examines this paradigm shift through the eyes of the great thinkers of history, from Descartes to Voltaire to Lord Byron, summarizing and explicating their beliefs "in a prose that leaps resplendently from the page" (Harper's).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393326963
(234mm x 155mm x 38mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Roy Porter
The late Roy Porter was professor of the history of medicine at University College, London. His books include The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
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