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Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment

Ann Thomson


Examining the development of a secular, purely material conception of human beings in the early Enlightenment, this book provides a fresh perspective on the intellectual culture of this period, and challenges certain influential interpretations of irreligious thought and the ‘Radical Enlightenment’. Beginning with the debate on the soul in England, in which political and religious concerns were intertwined, and ending with the eruption of materialism onto the public stage in mid 18th‐century France, this book looks at attempts to explain how the material brain thinks without the need for an im ... More

Keywords: soul, brain, materialism, Natural History of Man, Radical Enlightenment, irreligious thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Thomson, author
Professor, Université Paris 8
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