The Enlightenment Reader is a selection of texts from the early modern period covering the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution. This unique and particular selection of texts accompanies the Old Western Culture unit, The Enlightenment. Based on the Great Books of western civilization, Old Western Culture guides students through the literature, history, theology, and philosophy of the West from a Christian perspective.
Table of Contents:
- Emmanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment?
- Galileo Galilei, The Sidereal Messenger, Letter to Benedetto Castelli, Letter to Duchess Christiana of Tuscany
- René Descartes, Discourse on Method, Meditations on First Philosophy
- Sir Isaac Newton, Principia – Laws of Motion and Gravity, Principia – General Scholium (Selection), Opticks – Query 28 & 31 (Selections)
- David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Sections IV, V, XII)
- Thomas Reid, An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (selections)
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