The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy

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The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy

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Author :   Anthony Gottlieb
Publisher :   Penguin Books Ltd
Published :   08/08/2017
ISBN :   9780141000664
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   xi, 300
Size (mm) :   198x129x18
Weight (g) :   236

In a short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz and Hume all made their mark on Western thought. 'The Dream of Enlightenment' tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy.... Read more
In a short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz and Hume all made their mark on Western thought. 'The Dream of Enlightenment' tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy. What does the advance of science entail for our understanding of ourselves and for our ideas of God? How should a government deal with religious diversity - and what is government actually for? Their questions remain our questions, and it is tempting to think these philosophers speak our language and live in our world; but to understand them properly, we must step back into their shoes.