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Placing the Enlightenment: Thinking Geographically about the Age of Reason

Charles W. J. Withers

Abstract

The Enlightenment was the age in which the world became modern, challenging tradition in favor of reason, freedom, and critical inquiry. While many aspects of the Enlightenment have been rigorously scrutinized—its origins and motivations, its principal characters and defining features, its legacy and modern relevance—the geographical dimensions of the era have until now largely been ignored. This book contends that the Age of Reason was not only a period of pioneering geographical investigation but also an age with spatial dimensions to its content and concerns. Investigating the role space an ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, tradition, Age of Reason, freedom, critical inquiry, national identity, navigation, human condition, geographical investigation, geography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226904054
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226904078.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles W. J. Withers, author

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