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This review is from: Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (Allen Lane History) (Paperback)
Porter presents a clear and reasonably concise history of the contribution to the European enlightenment from the British Isles with a depth of knowledge and flowing prose which is never dull.
The contributions of the main proponents, Scots, David Hume and Adam Smith are given the appropriate coverage with their philosophies and resultant universal impact explained in an adroit manner.
The philosophies of these two men had a major impact on the American founding fathers' writing of their constitution and are still as relevant today as they were over 200 years ago.
The more perceptive amongst us may perhaps believe that the time has come for a second enlightenment wherein those who today would try to return us to the fear of non-existent supernatural entities or a belief in the divine rights of kings or dictators are ridiculed and dismissed.