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The Enlightenment : The Bedford Series in History and Culture - Margaret Jacob

The Enlightenment

The Bedford Series in History and Culture

Paperback Published: 20th February 2001
ISBN: 9780312179977
Number Of Pages: 225

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In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period’s most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. She covers the movement’s lengthy evolution in a comprehensive introduction, which establishes the issues central to understanding the documents and provides important background on the political and social debates of the period. All documents are preceded by headnotes, and the volume includes a chronology, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.

'This is an excellent collection. The clear and elegant introduction usefully discusses many current topics of interest regarding the Enlightenment, including the role of religion; the cultural processes of criticism; the social and gender status of the 'enlightened', and attitudes towards non-European societies and peoples. The well-chosen documents, combined with the author's fine introduction, should make this a very effective text for use in the classroom.' - John Marshall, Johns Hopkins University 'Jacob's introduction provides an original understanding of the Enlightenment, in particular through its exceptionally international treatment that explores England, France and deeper into the continent. The author is also very successful at merging more traditional intellectual history with newer approaches.The selection of documents gives the reader an excellent sense of the range of issues that absorbed the philosophers.' - Jack R. Censer, George Mason University

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introduction: The Struggle to Create a New Culturep. 1
Political Originsp. 4
Scientific and Religious Originsp. 15
The Public Spherep. 20
Enlightened Feminismp. 22
Reworking Seventeenth-Century Formal Philosophyp. 27
A Clandestine Universep. 33
A Protestant Odysseyp. 41
Travel Literaturep. 43
Anglophiliap. 46
Mid-Century Crisisp. 50
Rousseaup. 55
The International Republican Conversation, 1775-1800p. 59
Slavery, Imperialism, and the French Revolutionp. 65
The Legacy of the Enlightenmentp. 68
A Note about the Textp. 72
The Documentsp. 73
John Locke, Some Thoughts concerning Education, 1693p. 73
Treatise of the Three Impostors, 1719p. 94
Voltaire, Letters concerning the English Nation, 1733p. 114
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters, 1716-1718p. 137
Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia, 1751p. 156
Denis Diderot, Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage, 1772p. 160
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762p. 177
Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment? 1784p. 202
Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, 1783p. 208
An Enlightenment Chronology (1685-1800)p. 221
Selected Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780312179977
ISBN-10: 0312179979
Series: The Bedford Series in History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 20th February 2001
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1