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Flesh in the Age of Reason

Author: Roy Porter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? ... 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"--Page [2] of jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Porter
ISBN: 0393326969 9780393326963
OCLC Number: 61319819
Notes: Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2003.
Description: xviii, 573 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Know yourself --
Religion and the soul --
Medicine and the body --
The rational self --
Science rescues the spirit --
John Locke rewrites the soul --
The spectator : the polite self in the polite body --
Shaftesbury and Mandeville --
Swift and the Scriblerans : nightmare selves --
Johnson and incorporated minds --
Edward Gibbon : fame and mortality --
This mortal coil --
Flesh and form --
Putting on a face --
Sexing the self --
Telling yourself --
And who are you? --
Unreason --
Scottish selves --
Psychologizing the self --
Industrial bodies --
Dependent bodies --
William Godwin : awakening the mind --
William Blake : the body mystical --
Byron : sexy satire --
The march of mind.
Responsibility: Roy Porter ; foreword by Simon Schama.

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"How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? ... 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"--Page [2] of jacket.

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