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The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction

The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction  

John Robertson

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782411
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199591787.001.0001
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book
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9780199591787
A foundational moment in the history of modern European thought, the Enlightenment continues to be a reference point for philosophers, scholars, and opinion-formers. Enlightenment: A Very ... More
3. Bettering the human condition

3. Bettering the human condition  

John Robertson

in The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782411
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10.1093/actrade/9780199591787.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199591787
‘Bettering the human condition’ explores human betterment in the 18th century’s moral philosophy, history, and political economy. The greatest originality of Enlightenment thought is found ... More
1. The Enlightenment

1. The Enlightenment  

John Robertson

in The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782411
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199591787.003.0001
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9780199591787
‘The Enlightenment’ describes the varying definitions of Enlightenment, how it has been reconstructed as a historical phenomenon, and explains why it has been so contested. The ... More
4. Enlightening the public

4. Enlightening the public  

John Robertson

in The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782411
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10.1093/actrade/9780199591787.003.0004
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9780199591787
‘Enlightening the public’ outlines what historians have revealed of the context in which Enlightenment ideas were formed and received and argues that what distinguished the Enlightenment ... More
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Katarzyna de Lazari‐Radek and Peter Singer

in Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191795558
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10.1093/actrade/9780198728795.003.0001
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The core precept of utilitarianism—that we should make the world the best place we can—is so simple and attractive that it is not surprising that thinkers in different times and places have ... More

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