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The Britannica Guide to the Ideas that Made the Modern World: The People, Philosophy, and History of the Enlightenment
 
 
Author
A.C. Grayling, intro.
Publisher Running Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5.05 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780762433704
Pages/Publication Date 288/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32965
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Describing the origins of such social concepts as liberty, the rights of man, modern science, and evolution—and why they matter today—this book considers how the 18th-century Enlightenment laid the foundations for much that informs the democratic ideals of modern societies. Isaac Newton, John Locke, David Hume, Voltaire, Baruch Spinoza, and other great thinkers asked questions we still debate: What is society? How do we know if something is truth, or not? What are man's obligations to his fellows? Where do we come from? This book revisits these essential ideas, from the scientific proof for the motions of the planets to the Declaration of Independence.
 
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