Flesh in the Age of Reason

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Flesh in the Age of Reason

The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul

By Roy Porter; Simon Schama (Foreword by)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393050752, 660pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2004

Starting with the revolutionary ideas of the Renaissance that challenged the sense of the body as a corrupt vessel for the soul, Porter goes on to chart how--through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon--ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self.