The Enlightenment and Why it Still Matters

The Enlightenment and Why it Still Matters


Telling the story of how the modern, Western view was born The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters explains how the idea of a universal, global and cosmopolitan society became such a central part of the Western imagination.

Pagden explains how the new 'science of man' postulated by the Enlightenment thinkers was based upon a vision of humanity made up of autonomous individuals, free from the constraints imposed by custom, prejudice and religion.

This work passionately argues that this 'human science' provided the philosophical grounding of the modern, inspiring the creation of the League of Nations, the United Nation and the European Union.

Product Code 1041586
Author Anthony Pagden
Publisher Oxford University Press
Published Feb 2015
Format Paperback
Pages 464
Dimensions 15.6 x 3.4 x 23.3 cm
ISBN 9780198700883
GTIN 9780198700883
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