Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

Author: Ellen Judy Wilson,Peter Hanns Reill

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438110219

Category: Enlightenment

Page: 689

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A comprehensive reference guide on the eighteenth century time period known as the Enlightenment.

Science in the Enlightenment

An Encyclopedia

Author: William E. Burns

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576078868

Category: Reference

Page: 355

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Provides a look at the studies, innovations, key figures, and controversy in the world of science during the eigteenth-century, discussing astronomy, chemistry, botany, and medicine.

Placing the Enlightenment

Thinking Geographically about the Age of Reason

Author: Charles W. J. Withers

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226904075

Category: Science

Page: 336

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The Enlightenment was the age in which the world became modern, challenging tradition in favor of reason, freedom, and critical inquiry. While many aspects of the Enlightenment have been rigorously scrutinized—its origins and motivations, its principal characters and defining features, its legacy and modern relevance—the geographical dimensions of the era have until now largely been ignored. Placing the Enlightenment contends that the Age of Reason was not only a period of pioneering geographical investigation but also an age with spatial dimensions to its content and concerns. Investigating the role space and location played in the creation and reception of Enlightenment ideas, Charles W. J. Withers draws from the fields of art, science, history, geography, politics, and religion to explore the legacies of Enlightenment national identity, navigation, discovery, and knowledge. Ultimately, geography is revealed to be the source of much of the raw material from which philosophers fashioned theories of the human condition. Lavishly illustrated and engagingly written, Placing the Enlightenment will interest Enlightenment specialists from across the disciplines as well as any scholar curious about the role geography has played in the making of the modern world.

The Vital Roots of European Enlightenment

Ibn Tufayl's Influence on Modern Western Thought

Author: Samar Attar

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739162330

Category: History

Page: 194

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The Vital Roots of European Enlightenment is a collection of essays which deal with the influence of Ibn Tufayl, a 12th-century Arab philosopher from Spain, on major European thinkers. His philosophical novel, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, could be considered one of the most important books that heralded the Scientific Revolution. Its thoughts are found in different variations and to different degrees in the books of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Isaac Newton, and Kant. But if Ibn Tufayl's fundamental values, such as equality, freedom and toleration, which the thinkers of the European Enlightenment had adopted as theirs, paved the way to the French Revolution, they certainly marked the end of the age of reason in southern Spain and the rest of the Islamic world. Ibn Tufayl's philosophy was appropriated, subverted, or reinvented for many centuries. But the memory of the man who wrote such an influential book was buried in the dust of history. The Vital Roots of European Enlightenment reexamines Ibn Tufayl's momentous book and its continued influence over contemporary philosophy. This intriguing book will appeal to those interested in comparative literature and religion.

Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot

Author: Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226134765

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 170

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Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot expresses the hopes, dogmas, assumptions, and prejudices that have come to characterize the French Enlightenment. In this preface to the Encyclopedia, d'Alembert traces the history of intellectual progress from the Renaissance to 1751. Including a revision of Diderot's Prospectus and a list of contributors to the Encyclopedia, this edition, elegantly translated and introduced by Professor Richard Schwab, is one of the great works of the Enlightenment and an outstanding introduction to the philosophes.

The Republic of Letters

A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment

Author: Dena Goodman

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801481741

Category: History

Page: 338

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Goodman chronicles the story of the Republic of Letters from its earliest formation through major periods of change: the production of the Encyclopedia, the proliferation of a print culture that widened circles of readership beyond the control of salon governance, and the early years of the French Revolution.