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Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica states Newton’s laws of motion, Newton’s law of universal gravitation that we can find in our physics textbooks today. The book also contains a lot of mathematical methods and…

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Mary Wortley Montagu (May 15, 1969 - August 21, 1762) was the wife of a British ambassador, which gave her the opportunity to travel to various places like Vienna, Adrianople, and Istanbul. Her witty, richly detailed letters about Eastern life are…

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The Essay Concerning Human Understanding is sectioned into 4 books. Book I, “Of Innate Ideas,” is an attack on the Cartesian view of knowledge, which holds that human beings are born with certain ideas already in their mind. In Book II, Locke…

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This is the French version of Newton’s famous book Opticks. It talks about the nature of the light by means of refraction and diffraction. It is also Newton’s second major book on physical science. There are a lot of pictures in the book. I find…

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The pamphlet is a dialogue upon the duties of the King and how the public should accept his rule as the divine right given to him by God. It is extremely pro-monarchy and, through religious terms, it helps kings justify all their actions as simply…

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The rare book is Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Du Contract Social: Ou Principes Du Droit Politique, otherwise known as The Social Contract. It was published in the year 1762. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a philosopher and writer during the Enlightenment and…

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In “The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seuenth”, Bacon writes about the life and eventual fall from power of King Henry VII. It is one of the first analytical biographies written in the English language. Bacon’s career and experience…

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John Locke was an English philosopher and political theorist who lived during the time of the Scientific Revolution. His theory of how government should always protect the rights of life, liberty, and estate deeply influenced the United States when…

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René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. He was famous for his words “I think; therefore I am”, and was dubbed the father of modern philosophy because of his theories on existence. Because of his background in…

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is one of the founders of modern political philosophy. His thoughts mainly concerned the problem of social and political order. He established the idea of social contract and the view of life in the state of nature as…
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