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The Age of Enlightenment: The Eighteenth Century Philosophers

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In this stimulating volume, Sir Isaiah Berlin lucidy and succinctly presents commentaties on, and selections from, the basic writings of the brilliant philosophers Berkeley, Locke, Hume, and others - women who believed that science's achievements in the material world could be translated into philosphical terms. The challenging ideas of these great thinkers - and their equ ...more
Published (first published April 1st 1956)
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A selection of primary source excerpts with an introduction and useful commentary aimed at the beginner/low intermediate level. Berlin's commentaries are outstanding explanations (for the intended audience) of each thinker's key notions; his explanation of Hume's theory of ideas and the so-called copy principle, as well as "Hume's fork" is one of the best I've ever read. I would highly recommend this little book just for Berlin's discussion of Hume alone, especially if you are just beginning to ...more
A dense paperback of basic writings of eighteenth century philosophers. From Locke to Lichtenberg, these men tried to prove that the world was a giant, subtle machine—moved by unchangeable and predictable laws. Berlin's introductory passages help opens the world and thoughts of these philosophers to modern minds. A trove of original writings.

Still, when I first read this--and the other Mentor Philosophers volumes--in the 1960s, it opened a world of thought that I didn't then realize existed. The
Hamid Ghanbari
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I read it in high school. Tedious, to be sure, for a 14-year old, but it started my thinking critically about worldview and the gathering of knowledge that can be assembled into worldviews.
This has to be one of the most meaningless books I have ever read. It makes John Locke seem very boring and dry and a little bit not all together there in the head.
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Sir Isaiah Berlin was a philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading liberal thinkers of the twentieth century. He excelled as an essayist, lecturer and conversationalist; and as a brilliant speaker who delivered, rapidly and spontaneously, richly allusive and coherently structured material, whether for a lecture series at Oxford University or as a broadcaster on the BBC Thir ...more
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