A crucial point in the formation of the mind of modern man came in the eighteenth century. This period produced the fruits of natural law: liberalism, democracy, tolerance, humanitarianism, constitutionalism, the social contract, and the social sciences.
This text shows how the idea of natural law was applied to religion, society, and government. The rise of experimental sciences and the development of literature, art, and music are discussed. Selected readings from great books of the period are included.