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vbaculum
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6/18/2011 11:02:44 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I'm going to be reading, over the course of the next few months, all the major works of the Enlightenment period (I tend to be regimented with these things). I have a good idea of what I would like to read but I'm concerned I might miss or overlook something. Obviously, I'm interested in the philosophical literature of the period but I'm also interested in the novels and books on politics, history, culture, entertainment, religion, economics and technology of that period. So, what books do you recommend from the Enlightenment that I might miss or overlook.
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6/20/2011 11:18:37 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
While I have read none of these books, all of them come from the age of enlightenment and might help you in assessing the period in question:
1. Voltaire-Zadig and Candide
2. John Locke-Two Treatises on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
3. Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
4.Francis Bacon: Novum Organum, New Atlantis, Essays
5. Mary Wollstonecraft: Vindication for the rights of women
6. Baruch Spinoza: Ethics 7. Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
8. Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men, Emile: or, On Education
9. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan 10. Kant: Critique of Pure Reason
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6/20/2011 12:24:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 6/20/2011 11:18:37 AM, Man-is-good wrote:
While I have read none of these books, all of them come from the age of enlightenment and might help you in assessing the period in question:
1. Voltaire-Zadig and Candide
2. John Locke-Two Treatises on Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
3. Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
4.Francis Bacon: Novum Organum, New Atlantis, Essays
5. Mary Wollstonecraft: Vindication for the rights of women
6. Baruch Spinoza: Ethics 7. Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
8. Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men, Emile: or, On Education
9. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan 10. Kant: Critique of Pure Reason

Thanks, I might have missed Wollstonecraft because I don't hear her mentioned very often in other works I read.
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