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Description - The Enlightenment by Roy Porter

The 18th-century Enlightenment was one of the most exciting and significant currents of European culture. Battling against tyranny, ignorance and superstition, it formulated the ideals which still inform our society today: a belief in reason, criticism, freedom of thought, religion and expression, the value of science, the pursuit of progress. Enlightenment thinkers undermined the "ancien regime" and provided the ideas for the French Revolution. Modern scholarship, however, has shown it was a more complex and ambiguous movement than commonly recognized. This book, now in a fully updated second edition, sympathetically explores the complexities of the Enlightenment. Synthesizing and evaluating the scholarship, it offers a comprehensive vision of this many faceted movement.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333945056
ISBN-10: 0333945050
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 90
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roy Porter

ROY PORTER is Professor in the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. He has written widely on the history of medicine, psychiatry and the Enlightenment. His recent books include Doctor of Society: Thomas Beddoes and the Sick Trade in Late Enlightenment England (1991), London: A Social History (1994) and 'The Greatest Benefit to Mankind': A Medical History of Humanity (1997).