The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals beginning in the late 17th and 18th centuries, emphasizing reason and individualism over tradition.  Its purpose was to reform society using reason, challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith, and advance knowledge through the scientific method.  It promoted scientific thought, skepticism, and intellectual interchange.  Important Irish intellectuals during this period (for which ARB has works of) include George Berkeley, Edmund Burke, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Oliver Goldsmith, and Laurence Sterne.


Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

jonathan swift

Jonathan Swift

Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne

robert boyle

Robert Boyle

Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

edmund burke

Edmund Burke

george berkeley

George Berkeley


William Rowan Hamilton

john toland

John Toland