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Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Christopher Fox, Roy Porter, and Robert Wokler


The human sciences—including psychology, anthropology, and social theory—are widely held to have been born during the eighteenth century. This study of the Enlightenment sciences of humans explores the sources, context, and effects of this major intellectual development, arguing that the most fundamental inspiration for the Enlightenment was the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Natural philosophers from Copernicus to Newton had created a magisterial science of nature based on the realization that the physical world operated according to orderly, discoverable laws. Eighteenth-c ... More

Keywords: human sciences, psychology, anthropology, social theory, Enlightenment, scientific revolution, eighteenth-century thinkers, human nature, human will, laws governing emotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520200104
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520200104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Fox, editor

Roy Porter, editor

Robert Wokler, editor