The Author Of The Celebrated The Dream Of Reason Vividly Explains The Rise Of Modern Thought From Descartes To Rousseau Western Philosophy Is Now Two And A Half Millennia Old, But Much Of It Came In Just Two Staccato Bursts, Each Lasting Only About Years In His Landmark Survey Of Western Philosophy From The Greeks To The Renaissance, The Dream Of Reason, Anthony Gottlieb Documented The First Of These, Which Came In The Athens Of Socrates, Plato, And Aristotle Now, In The Dream Of Enlightenment, Gottlieb Expertly Navigates The Second Great Explosion Of Thought, Taking Us To Northern Europe In The Wake Of Its Wars Of Religion And The Rise Of Galilean Science In A Relatively Short Period From The Early S To The Eve Of The French Revolution Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, And Hume All Made Their MarkThe Dream Of Enlightenment Tells Their Story And That Of The Birth Of Modern PhilosophyAs Gottlieb Explains, All These Men Were Amateurs None Had Much To Do With Any University They Tried To Fathom The Implications Of The New Science And Of Religious Upheaval, Which Led Them To Question Traditional Teachings And Attitudes What Does The Advance Of Science Entail For Our Understanding Of Ourselves And For Our Ideas Of God How Should A Government Deal With Religious Diversity And What Is Government Actually For Such Questions Remain Our QuestionsYet It Is Because We Still Want To Hear Them That We Can Easily Get These Philosophers Wrong It Is Tempting To Think They Speak Our Language And Live In Our World But To Understand Them Properly, We Must Step Back Into Their Shoes Gottlieb Puts Readers In The Minds Of These Frequently Misinterpreted Figures, Elucidating The History Of Their Times While Engagingly Explaining Their Arguments And Assessing Their Legacy The Dream Of Enlightenment Creates A Sweeping Account Of What They Amounted To, And Why We Are Still In Their Debt
Anthony Gottlieb is a British writer, former Executive Editor of The Economist, historian of ideas, and the author of The Dream of Reason He was educated at Cambridge University and has held visiting fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and Harvard University He has taught at the CUNY Graduate Center and the New School in New York, and been a visiting scholar at New York University and fellow at the Cullman Centre for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library He is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the series editor of The Routledge Guides to the Great Books.
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- 11 January 2019 Anthony Gottlieb