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Books in brief: The Dream of Enlightenment

By Alex Dean   September 2016

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The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy  by Anthony Gottlieb (Allen Lane, £20)

At two points in history philosophy has made a great leap forwards: in the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle from the mid-5th century to the late-4th century BC, and between 1640 and the French Revolution. That’s according to Anthony Gottlieb who, having written about the first 150 years in his acclaimed The Dream of Reason, now analyses the second in The Dream of Enlightenment.

The century-and-a-half covered here is packed with important philosophical…

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