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

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Publisher Comments:

In this "readable and humane book" (), the late historian Roy Porter traces the course of man's philosophical journey from the superstitious, spiritually obsessed Dark Ages to our modern perspective, based on reason and grounded in the body. He demonstrates how the explosion of rational thought and scientific innovation during the Enlightenment began to change our understanding of the flesh and its relation to the soul. No longer simply a "mortal coil," the body eventually became the location, and source, of our conscious selves. Porter examines this paradigm shift through the eyes of the great thinkers of history, from Descartes to Voltaire to Lord Byron, summarizing and explicating their beliefs "in a prose that leaps resplendently from the page" ().

Synopsis:

"A heroic feat of scholarship."--New York Times Book Review

About the Author

The late Roy Porter was professor of the history of medicine at University College, London. His books include The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393326963
Foreword:
Schama, Simon
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Foreword by:
Schama, Simon
Foreword:
Schama, Simon
Author:
Porter, Roy
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
Body, human, in literature
Subject:
English literature -- 18th century.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.5 in 1.755 lb

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