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Core Thematic Texts

  • Dan Edelstein, The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (2010)
  • M.Fitzpatrick, P. Jones, C. Knellwolf and I. McCalman The Enlightenment World ed. (2004)
  • Foucault, M. Society must be Defended (2003)
  • P.Hazard, European thought in the C18th (1965)
  • Hawthorne, G., Enlightenment and Despair (1987)
  • Hazard, Paul, The European Mind, 1680 – 1715 (Meridian, 1963)
  • Hont I. and M. Ignatieff, eds., Wealth and Virtue (1983)
  • Israel, Jonathan, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 (2002)
  • Israel, Jonathan, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752 (2006)
  • Israel, Jonathan, Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, revolution and human rights (2011)
  • Nisbet, R., A History of the Idea of Progress (1980)
  • D.Outram, The Enlightenment (1995)
  • Roy Porter, Enlightenment : Britain and the Making of the Modern World (2000)
  • John Robertson, The Case for Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples 1680-1760 (2005)
  • J Schneewind, Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant (1990) vols 1 and 2
  • J Schneewind, The Invention of Autonomy (1998)
  • Larry Siedentop, Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism (2014)
  • Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self (1989)

Primary Texts

Includes the following work:

Addison and Steele, Burke, Godwin, Hegel, Herder, Hobbes, Hume, Kames, Leopardi, Locke, Madison, Mandeville, Mill, Moritz, Sieyes, Smith, St Simon, Stendhal, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and others.

There is a very good bibliography for the Enlightenment course that is a useful source for background reading - although I should emphasise the text-based character of this course and encourage you to work with the primary texts rather than with secondary sources.