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Age of Enlightenment

A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville
Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, European
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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Age of Enlightenment, then pay attention....

The life of an eminent scientist during the Scientific Revolution and the ensuing Enlightenment was not easy. Ambitious people were killed in the name of the Catholic Church for their scientific and philosophical works, which were often viewed as heretical.

Major figures of the Enlightenment period include Voltaire, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Thomas Jefferson. These and many other great thinkers of the era influenced mass social upheaval in pursuit of equality and human rights, and many historians consider the culmination of these efforts to have been the French Revolution of 1789.

In Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville, you will discover topics such as

  • The Republic of Letters
  • Michel de Montaigne
  • Francis Bacon
  • Marie de Gournay
  • René Descartes
  • Bathsua Makin
  • Anna Maria Van Schurman
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia
  • Robert Boyle
  • John Locke
  • Isaac Newton
  • England's Civil War
  • The Royal Society of London
  • Marie du Moulin
  • Conflict in the Royal Society
  • Charles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu)
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • David Hume
  • Adam Smith
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Thomas Paine
  • The American Revolution
  • François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
  • Mary Sommerville
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about the Age of Enlightenment, buy now!

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  • Misty Johnson
  • 26-03-2020

A broad education in an hour

Many Hourly History audibles can be obtained free. They are well-written and full of information. It is arguably a sin not to listen to them, improve ourselves, and be all that we can be. This volume tells how for centuries people were kept in ignorance.

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  • Gail L Smith
  • 26-03-2020

Should Be Requred Listening In Schools

The information contained within and the references pointing to more substantial volumes encourages the listener to reach for a higher ideal in life. Not only does the listener feel encouraged to improve their lives, the listener is also shown how the way they live their lives can improve the lives of others in their communities, cultures, and even countries.

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  • Rick Smith
  • 26-03-2020

Are We Really Smarter?

The pretty well-done piece, nearly 5 stars, with a lot of information in a shortened version of a historical period! I enjoyed this audible as it refreshed my memory of my studies in school oh so many years ago. Sadly, I don't know that kids are learning these things in today's environment.it can be said that this "Age of Enlightenment" is a definite line of demarcation in world history, and one I hope is never experienced again.

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  • Janet Johnson
  • 26-03-2020

A Compact and Informative Summary

"Age of Enlightenment" is a condensed summary of a very large subject. I completely enjoyed this particular summary, but this is a summary of a huge subject. What I did was separate the individuals with whom I have studied from those I have not and obtained further study material on those subjects.

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  • Denny R Johnson
  • 25-03-2020

I enjoyed the audible

I have been indulging in Enlightenment history so this was another listen. It was a review of the key ideas that evolved from Descartes, Spinoza, and 18th century free thinkers. I have developed a political philosophy by listening and listening Enlightenment which is we are under siege by counter-revolutionaries and anti-modernists......I enjoyed the audible...not a difficult audible!

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  • Lucas W Johnson
  • 25-03-2020

Beautifully written, accesible

Beautifully written. I know that the primary sources would be too difficult for me to grasp. It's been a very long time since I had a philosophy class. Gottlieb makes these great thinkers/scientists accessible.

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  • Ben Smith
  • 25-03-2020

Wonderful History

Another wonderful history of science/philosophy by Gottlieb. I very much enjoyed The Age of Reason, and this audible is a continuation into the Enlightenment era. Gottlieb does a great job of once again charitably interpreting and explaining the philosophies of some of the thinkers of the Enlightenment, and of giving short biographies of them, as well.

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  • Audrey Smith
  • 25-03-2020

His writing is excellent, enjoyable

If this were a film, it might be called "auteur-driven." While measured, richly fact-filled and articulately insightful, you very much feel the author's presence in the audible, his perspective, his subjectivity. His writing is excellent, enjoyable, a real pleasure to listen.

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  • Lois R Simms
  • 25-03-2020

Great Listen

That was particularly valuable to me because it gave the ideas under discussion a depth that they would lack in a contextless listing. A very valuable audible: I look forward to Volume 3.

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  • Kyle N Barela
  • 25-03-2020

What a Terrific Listen!

Unless you're studying for an advanced degree in philosophy, I'm afraid listening to the stuff is much like panning for gold: a great deal of effort for a very occasional nugget of insight. But this audible - wow! You get inside the head of these revered icons via Gottlieb's narrative.

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  • Ravi Bopara
  • 26-03-2020

Great Brief Look

The audible covers several philosophers and divides them into several groupings including English, French, German, and Scots. Some of these philosophers were atheists while others completely believed in either the Catholic religion or Protestant religion.

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  • Alex Hales
  • 26-03-2020

very concise and informative.

This audible concisely covers all contexts and important points of this very important subject. I Say that; because had somewhat knowledge of the subject before listening to it. So I believe it covered everything good enough with a very clear language to understand for a layman listener; however don't expect to get much about the philosophers their names mentioned in the audible as Philosophos.

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  • Tom Banton
  • 26-03-2020

One of the Best in the Hourly History Series

The subject matter of the Enlightenment is still relevant today. The sweep of the internet is bringing an Enlightenment to all corners of getting globe and lies at the root of Islamic upheaval, globalisation, and consequential environmental devastation. Counter movements are also on the rise.

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  • Gaye Hurwitz
  • 26-03-2020

Great Brief Look at the Enlightenment

One of the better in the Hourly History series. A good look at the Enlightenment and many of the major philosophies and philosophers. Covering Religion, economy, politics, feminism and philosophical development, the audible provides a good overview of major items in a very quick and easy listen.

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  • Salena Kinnaird
  • 25-03-2020

Reason, the natural government

Great audible, had to listen for a college course. Learn through history why it's important to think for yourself, because one day you just may have to overthrow a king/government.

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  • Maxima Heintz
  • 25-03-2020

Great listen

This was a great listen. I had to buy this for a class but I'm keeping it when I'm done because I really love this audible. Highly recommended to anyone who would like to know more about Enlightenment Era writing.

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  • Bernice Kimsey
  • 25-03-2020

Very Entertaining

If you listen to this, you will almost certainly get caught up in the excitement of the exploration of the ideas. You will almost certainly have your thoughts stimulated, and your own opinions challenged.

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  • Nikole Marceau
  • 25-03-2020

Anthology of Brilliant Minds

The audible covers the Enlightenment period from approximately 1650 through 1800 and is superbly edited by Isaac Kramnick. Covering such luminaries as Voltaire, Kant, Hume, Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Pope, Montesquieu, Franklin, Paine, Bentham, Adam Smith and a score of lesser-known philosophers and writers; the audible hits on major elements of the era - religion, politics, liberty, race, gender and slavery - among others.

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  • Libbie Weise
  • 25-03-2020

A superb collection

Many historical anthologies focus upon a single theme and thus fail to provide their listeners with an adequate range of sources. Yet Isaac Kramnick's Enlightenment listener avoids this pitfall. This audible will introduce you to the key texts of the period - in addition to many delightful works of which you may never have heard.

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  • Prudence Sawyers
  • 25-03-2020

Five Stars

Very good introduction for the layman to philosophy. Written in plain, easy to understand language without diminishing the subject.