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Author Lyons, Jonathan.
Title The Society for Useful Knowledge : how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America / Jonathan Lyons.
Published New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
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 Floor2  E162 .L96 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xiv, 220 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index.
Contents The age of Franklin -- Breaking the chain -- The leather apron men -- Useful knowledge -- Sense and sensibility -- Dead and useless languages -- Knowledge and rebellion -- The mechanics of revolution -- Epilogue : manufacturing America.
Summary The young Benjamin Franklin sought his fortune on a trip to England, but instead discovered a world of intellectual ferment in the coffeehouses and salons of London. He brought home to Philadelphia the intense hunger for knowledge that buzzed in a Europe where Newton, Bacon and Galileo had made epochal discoveries. With the "first Drudgery" of settling the American colonies now behind them, Franklin announced in 1743, it was high time that the colonists set about improving the lot of humankind through collaborative inquiry. Franklin and a network of kindred American innovators plunged into the task of creating and sharing "useful knowledge." They started a raft of clubs, journals, and scholarly societies, many still thriving today, to harness man's intellectual and creative powers for the common good. And as these New World thinkers began to make their own discoveries about the natural world, new conceptions of the political order were not far behind.--From publisher description.
Subject United States -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1783-1865.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Philosophy.
Enlightenment -- United States.
Philosophy, American -- 18th century.
Political science -- United States -- Philosophy -- History -- 18th century.
Alternate Title How Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America
ISBN 1608195538 (hardcover)
9781608195534 (hardcover)
OCLC number 825049147