"Generations of Reason" by Joan L. Richards

Generations of Reason A Family’s Search for Meaning in Post-Newtonian England Joan L. Richards

Publication date:
25 Jan 2022
Yale University Press
448 pages: 235 x 156mm
21 b-w illus.
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An intimate, accessible history of British intellectual development across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through the story of one family

This book recounts the story of three Cambridge-educated Englishmen and the women with whom they chose to share their commitment to reason in all parts of their lives. In exploring the ways reason permeated three generations of English experience, this book casts new light on key developments in English cultural and political history, from the religious conformism of the eighteenth century through the Napoleonic era into the Industrial Revolution and prosperity of the Victorian age.

Joan L. Richards is emerita professor of history and director of the Program of Science, Society, and Technology at Brown University. She lives in Providence, RI.