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Title The Portable Enlightenment Reader
Author Various
Publisher Penguin
Release 1995-12-01
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 704
ISBN 110112797X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and natural experience, Enlightenment philosophers in Europe and America planted the seeds for modern liberalism, cultural humanism, science and technology, and laissez-faire Capitalism This volume brings together works from this era, with more than 100 selections from a range of sources. It includes examples by Kant, Diderot, Voltaire, Newton, Rousseau, Locke, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Paine that demonstrate the pervasive impact of Enlightenment views on philosophy and epistemology as well as on political, social, and economic institutions.

The World We Want by Robert B. Louden

Title The World We Want
Author Robert B. Louden
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2010-03-16
Category History
Total Pages 344
ISBN 9780199755714
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The World We Want compares the future world that Enlightenment intellectuals had hoped for with our own world at present. In what respects do the two worlds differ, and why are they so different? To what extent is and isn't our world the world they wanted, and to what extent do we today still want their world? Unlike previous philosophical critiques and defenses of the Enlightenment, the present study focuses extensively on the relevant historical and empirical record first, by examining carefully what kind of future Enlightenment intellectuals actually hoped for; second, by tracking the different legacies of their central ideals over the past two centuries. But in addition to documenting the significant gap that still exists between Enlightenment ideals and current realities, the author also attempts to show why the ideals of the Enlightenment still elude us. What does our own experience tell us about the appropriateness of these ideals? Which Enlightenment ideals do not fit with human nature? Why is meaningful support for these ideals, particularly within the US, so weak at present? Which of the means that Enlightenment intellectuals advocated for realizing their ideals are inefficacious? Which of their ideals have devolved into distorted versions of themselves when attempts have been made to realize them? How and why, after more than two centuries, have we still failed to realize the most significant Enlightenment ideals? In short, what is dead and what is living in these ideals?

Kants Leben und Lehre by Ernst Cassirer

Title Kants Leben und Lehre
Author Ernst Cassirer
Publisher
Release
Category Philosophy
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Portable Age of Reason Reader
Author Crane Brinton
Publisher New York : Viking Press
Release 1956
Category Enlightenment
Total Pages 628
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The volume attempts to capture the "age of enlightenment" in Western civilization through representative excerpts from notable authors from Descartes to the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

The Enlightenment by John M. Dunn

Title The Enlightenment
Author John M. Dunn
Publisher
Release 1999
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 108
ISBN 9781560062424
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Discusses various aspects of the Enlightenment including its roots, philosophes, attacks on Christianity, revolt against reason, campaigns to reform society, and legacy.

The Enlightenment by Ronald S. Love

Title The Enlightenment
Author Ronald S. Love
Publisher Greenwood
Release 2008
Category History
Total Pages 211
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Explore the radical ideas of the European Enlightenment, which catapulted intellectual and philosophical thought into the modern age.

Secularism by Mike King

Title Secularism
Author Mike King
Publisher ISD LLC
Release 2007-11-29
Category Religion
Total Pages 324
ISBN 0227900030
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spirituality is a difficult subject in the modern world. Everywhere, from popular media to the university, from the bookshelf to the dinner table, religions are derided or marginalised and public figures, such as Richard Dawkins, set upon anyone who admits to a belief in God. It seems that science and religion are fundamentally at odds and that a mutual respect is unacceptable to either in their parallel pursuit of 'truth'. Yet the majority of Enlightenment authors engaged with both science and spirituality and did not lose their faith. Today we tend to see these authors as not having applied full scientific rigour to their religious beliefs, but are we correct in dismissing this aspect of their lives so easily? In Secularism, Mike King examines the elements of religion, philosophy and science which have contributed to an almost total disavowal of spirituality by contemporary western intellectuals. He engages with a wide range of thinkers, including Pythagoras, Marx, Spinoza, Darwin and Nietzsche, and incorporates detailed studies of a variety of 'spiritual' leaders, some of whom readers are unlikely to have considered in this way before, to uncover why the western world no longer has any interest in devotion or accords it any respect.

Penguin Classics by Penguin (Firm)

Title Penguin Classics
Author Penguin (Firm)
Publisher
Release 2005
Category Literature
Total Pages 297
ISBN 9780147501141
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title A Strategy for Reading Biblical Texts
Author Johnson T. K. Lim
Publisher Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Release 2002
Category Religion
Total Pages 152
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Strategy of Reading Biblical Texts provides a fresh impetus to the ongoing debate of hermeneutics and methods in biblical scholarship by examining three core hermeneutical strategies. These are author-oriented, text-oriented, and reader-oriented approaches. It also critiques the contributions and limitations of each strategy and argues for a hermeneutical strategy that takes into account the micro and macro biblical corpora. Readers are challenged to apply basic hermeneutical protocols when reading biblical texts. A theological reading of the biblical texts is crucial and vital because the Bible is a theological document. This book also addresses some of the pivotal but nagging questions of meaning, authority, and the reader's context.

Title The Britannica Guide to the Ideas that Made the Modern World
Author
Publisher Constable
Release 2008
Category Enlightenment
Total Pages 369
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The origins of Liberty, the Rights of Man, Modern Science, and Evolution - and why they matter today.

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