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Published: 05 February 2015

466 Pages | 8pp black and white plates


ISBN: 9780198700883

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The Enlightenment

And Why it Still Matters

Anthony Pagden

  • The story of how the modern, Western view of the world was born
  • A fascinating panorama of Enlightenment thought, taking the reader from the drawing rooms of eighteenth-century Paris to the islands of the South Pacific
  • Shows how - and why - the universal, cosmopolitan ideal became such a central part of the Western cultural and political imagination
  • Persuasively argues that Enlightenment principles matter now as much as ever before