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The Enlightenment


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Introduction: What is Enlightenment? 1: All Coherence Gone 2: Bringing Pity Back In 3: The Fatherless World 4: The Science of Man 5: Discovering Man in Nature 6: The Defence of Civilization 7: The Great Society of Mankind 8: The Vast Commonwealth of Nature Conclusion: Enlightenment and its Enemies Notes Bibliography Index

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Anthony Pagden has published widely on both Spanish and European history and has worked as a translator and as a publisher in addition to his many academic posts. He taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard before a professorship at Johns Hopkins University, and he is currently Distinguished Professor of Political Science and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent book prior to this one, Worlds at War: The 2,500 Year Struggle Between East and West, was also published by Oxford University Press.


`Anthony Pagden writes as elegantly as any philosophe, as learnedly as any encyclopediste, and with a breadth of culture and lightness of touch that make the enemies of the Enlightenment seem dreary and dim. ' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame and author of 1492: The Year Our World Began `Anthony Pagden has produced a spirited celebration of the values of the European Enlightenment... Whatever one thinks of the enlightenment legacy (and the jury is still out), this is a powerful defence, worthy of interest from admirers and detractors alike. ' Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki and former member of the International Law Commission `This is not only a vivid, exciting, and wonderfully well-written history of the Enlightenment, but a rousing defence of the 'enlightenment project.' Anthony Pagden has an enviable talent for bringing his heroes and villains to life. ' Alan Ryan, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oxford University

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