Flesh in the Age of Reason

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"Starting with the grim Britain of the Civil War era, with its punishing sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Roy Porter charts how, through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon, ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self. He shows how the Enlightenment (with its explosion or rational thinking and scientific invention of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) provided a lens through which we can best see the profound shift from the theocentric, otherwordly, Dark Ages to the modern, earthly, body-centered world we live in today. As man made in God's image gave way to the Enlightenment's notion of the Self-made man, the body moved center stage. Porter writes brilliantly on the ways in which men and women flaunted, decorated, tanned, and dieted themselves: activities that we find familiar but that a Puritan divine would have considered satanic. And he explores how, at the end of the century, the human soul took on a new significance in the works of Godwin, Blake, and Byron."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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

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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 ... Leer comentario completo

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INTRODUCTION KNOW YOURSELF
3
RELIGION AND THE SOUL
28
MEDICINE AND THE BODY
44
THE RATIONAL SELF
62
SCIENCE RESCUES THE SPIRIT
80
JOHN LOCKE REWRITES THE SOUL
94
MEN OF LETTERS
111
THE SPECTATOR THE POLITE SELF IN THE POLITE BODY
113
SEXING THE SELF
257
TELLING YOURSELF
272
AND WHO ARE YOU?
286
UNREASON
305
THE SCIENCE OF MAN FOR A NEW SOCIETY
321
SCOTTISH SELVES
323
PSYCHOLOGIZING THE SELF
347
INDUSTRIAL BODIES
374

SHAFTESBURT AND MANDEVILLE
130
SWIFT AND THE SCRIBLERANS NIGHTMARE SELVES
148
JOHNSON AND INCORPORATED MINDS
167
EDWARD GIBBON FAME AND MORTALITY
194
THE FRAILTY OF THE FLESH
209
THIS MORTAL COIL
211
FLESH AND FORM
227
PUTTING ON A FACE
244
DEPENDENT BODIES
398
WILLIAM GODWIN AWAKENING THE MIND
419
WILLIAM BLAKE THE BODY MYSTICAL
433
BYRON SEXY SATIRE
447
CONCLUSION THE MARCH OF MIND
463
BIBLIOGRAPHY
475
INDEX
557
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Roy Porter was professor in the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London.

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