The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.4 X 1.1 X 9.3 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Anthony Gottlieb is the author of The Dream of Reason, a former executive editor of The Economist, and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University and All Souls College, Oxford. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Times.


[A] lucid, accessible history of Western philosophy.--Adam Kirsch
An elegant journey through modern philosophy with a humane, witty, and expert guide.--K. Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law, New York University
Gottlieb's aim, admirably fulfilled, is to help us see what older and newer philosophers have to say to us but not to turn them into mouthpieces for what we already think we know...Gottlieb often makes fun of his philosophers, but gently, as a way of bringing us closer to them, and they emerge as brilliant, vulnerable humans rather than monsters of any kind.--Michael Wood
Vivid and often illuminating...Offers a compact but fairly comprehensive survey, along with much historical detail...Gottlieb's highly readable book can be recommended as an engaging personal introduction to some of our most brilliant moral and intellectual ancestors.--Thomas Nagel
A rare combination of encyclopedic knowledge, clarity, and lapidary style. I have never seen a discussion of philosophy as fun to read, presented with such clarity. I spent a decade and a half waiting for this book, yet it exceeds expectation: Gottlieb has a philosophical erudition that is so refreshing in a world of narrow academic résumé building.--Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan