Flesh in the Age of Reason, Paperback Book

Flesh in the Age of Reason Paperback

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'As an introduction to early modern thinking and the impact of past ideas on present lives, this book can find few equals and no superiors.

Porter is a witty, humane writer with an extraordinary vocabulary and a sparkling sense of fun.

Whether he is quoting from obscure medical texts or analysing scabrous diaries, dishing the dirt on long-dead bigwigs or evoking sympathy for human suffering, his grasp is masterly and his erudition appealing.

I wish I could read it again for the first time: you can.' Times Educational Supplement, Book of the Week In this startlingly brilliant sequel to the prize-winning ENLIGHTENMENT Roy Porter completes his lifetime's work, offering a magical, enthusiastic and charming account of the writings of some of the most attractive figures ever to write English.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780140167351

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Having been recommended this book by a professor of sociology, I had high hopes for Flesh in the Age of Reason, and I was not disappointed. Porter deftly handles multiple facets of philosophy around the time of the enlightenment, weaving together the ideas of well known theorists on the links between mind, soul, spirit and the body. From Descarte's reasoning on the duality of the mind and body, providing a vehicle for discourse still relating to religion through to later atheists' ideas, Porter never fails to bring the reader to a rounded understanding of the social, historical and philosophical contexts involved.

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Scholarly discussion of body & soul in Britain in 18th & 19th centuries. A bit too scholarly for me.Read June 2007

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