History and Nature in the Enlightenment: Praise of the by Nathaniel Wolloch

By Nathaniel Wolloch

The mastery of nature used to be considered via eighteenth-century historians as a massive degree of the growth of civilization. sleek scholarship has hitherto taken inadequate observe of this significant proposal. This ebook discusses the subject in reference to the mainstream non secular, political, and philosophical parts of Enlightenment tradition. It considers works via Edward Gibbon, Voltaire, Herder, Vico, Raynal, Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson, and quite a lot of lesser- and better-known figures. It additionally discusses many classical, medieval, and early sleek resources which motivated Enlightenment historiography, in addition to eighteenth-century attitudes towards nature in general.

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