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Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul

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The culmination of a lifelong interest in the metaphysics of the body by the premier social historian of medicine.

How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? What were the breakthroughs that allowed human beings to see themselves in a new light?

Starting with the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance that challenged the sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Roy Porter goes on to chart how — through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon — ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self. He shows how the body moved center stage in the eighteenth century, writing brilliantly on the ways in which men and women flaunted, decorated, tanned, and dieted themselves: activities that we find familiar but that a Puritan divine would have considered Satanic. And Porter explores how, at the end of the century, the human soul took on a new significance in the works of Godwin, Blake, and Byron.

Review:

"[A] heroic feat of scholarship and a very fine epitaph to a career that ended far too soon." Andrew Miller, The New York Times Book Review

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"With humor and enthusiasm, [Porter] combines a terrific fund of scholarship, canny observation and intelligent synthesis." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] masterpiece....At a time when postmodernists are poking holes in that confidence, this penetrating analysis of its wellsprings deserves a large readership." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"As usual, Porter's wit and erudition are evident throughout. An impressive and accessible work of scholarship." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Starting with the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance that challenged the sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Porter goes on to chart how--through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon--ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self.

About the Author

The late Roy Porter was professor in the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393050752
Subtitle:
The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul
Foreword:
Schama, Simon
Foreword:
Schama, Simon
Author:
Porter, Roy
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Body, human, in literature
Subject:
Rationalism in literature.
Subject:
Mind and body in literature.
Subject:
English literature -- 18th century.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
108-178
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
660
Dimensions:
9.50x6.47x1.53 in. 2.12 lbs.

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Product details 660 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393050752 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] heroic feat of scholarship and a very fine epitaph to a career that ended far too soon."
"Review" by , "With humor and enthusiasm, [Porter] combines a terrific fund of scholarship, canny observation and intelligent synthesis."
"Review" by , "[A] masterpiece....At a time when postmodernists are poking holes in that confidence, this penetrating analysis of its wellsprings deserves a large readership."
"Review" by , "As usual, Porter's wit and erudition are evident throughout. An impressive and accessible work of scholarship."
"Synopsis" by , Starting with the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance that challenged the sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Porter goes on to chart how--through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon--ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self.
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