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Wootton, David 1952-

Works: 62 works in 320 publications in 1 language and 10,512 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Utopian fiction  Biography  Biographies  Sources  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Legends  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, Researcher
Classifications: JC143, 320.1
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Most widely held works by David Wootton
Bad medicine : doctors doing harm since Hippocrates by David Wootton( )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new look at the history of medicine, David Wootton argues that for more than 2300 years doctors relied on their patients' misplaced faith in their ability to cure. Over and over again major discoveries which could save lives were met with professional resistance. And this is not just a phenomenon of the distant past. The first patient effectively treated with penicillin was in the 1880s; the second not until the 1940s. There was overwhelming evidence that smoking caused lung cancer in the 1950s; but it took thirty years for doctors to accept the claim that smoking was addictive. As Wootton graphically illustrates, throughout history and right up to the present, bad medical practice has often been deeply entrenched and stubbornly resistant to evidence."--BOOK JACKET
Galileo : watcher of the skies by David Wootton( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galileo (1564-1642) is one of the most important and controversial figures in the history of science. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, and author, this book places him at the centre of Renaissance culture. It draws extensively on Galileo's voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored and sly
The invention of science : a new history of the scientific revolution by David Wootton( Book )

32 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Invention of Science goes back five hundred years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently, but came to intersect and create a new worldview. Here are the brilliant iconoclasts--Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe--whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition. From gunpowder technology, the discovery of the new world, movable type printing, perspective painting, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, the laws of nature, and the concept of the fact, Wootton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge"--
Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment by Michael Hunter( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The rise of atheism and unbelief is a key feature in the development of the modern world, yet it is a topic which has been little explored by historians. This book presents a series of studies of irreligious ideas in various parts of Europe during the two centuries following the Reformation." "Atheism was everywhere illegal in this period. The word itself first entered the vernacular languages soon after the Reformation, but it was not until the eighteenth century that the first systematic defences of unbelief began to appear in print. Its history in the intervening years is significant but problematic and hitherto obscure." "The leading scholars who have contributed to this volume offer a range of approaches and draw on a wide variety of sources to produce a scholarly, original, and fascinating book. Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment will be essential reading for all concerned with the religious, intellectual, and social history of early modern Europe."--BOOK JACKET
Political writings by John Locke( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Locke's Second Treatise of Government' (c1681) is perhaps the key founding liberal text. A Letter Concerning Toleration', written in 1685 (a year when a Catholic monarch came to the throne of England and Louis XVI unleashed a reign of terror against Protestants in France), is a classic defence of religious freedom. Yet many of Locke's other writings -- not least the Constitutions of Carolina', which he helped draft -- are almost defiantly anti-liberal in outlook. This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people's views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke's papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton's wide-ranging and scholarly Introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke's developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyses his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke's political thought in his own words
Paolo Sarpi : between Renaissance and Enlightenment by David Wootton( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paolo Sarpi (1552–1623) is remembered as the defender of Venice against the Papal Interdict of 1606 and as the first, and greatest, historian of the Counter-Reformation. The sources of his undoubted hostility to clerical authority have always been a matter of controversy; many contemporaries claimed that Sarpi was an 'atheist', while to others his anticlericalism suggested that he was in secret a Protestant. In the present book David Wootton argues that Sarpi's public opinions must be assessed in the light of the views expressed in his private papers. Starting from the Pensiere, in which Sarpi formulated a series of philosophical and historical arguments against Christianity, Mr Wootton seeks to reinterpret Sarpi's life work as being the expression, not of a love of intellectual liberty, nor of a commitment to Protestantism, but of a carefully thought out hostility to doctrinal religion. This interpretation of Sarpi serves to cast new light on the man and his work. But it also throws new light on the intellectual history of his age. Historians such as Lucien Febvre and R. H. Popkin have sought to deny the existence of systematic unbelief in Sarpi's day. Others, such as Christopher Hill and Carlo Ginzburg, have found evidence of a radical, popular tradition of unbelief. This book seeks, through its account of Sarpi's beliefs, to penetrate the hypocrisy which contemporaries agreed characterised the age, and to lay the foundations for a new understanding of the intellectual origins of unbelief
Divine right and democracy : an anthology of political writing in Stuart England by David Wootton( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Penguin original"--Cover. Includes bibliographies and index
Gender and power in shrew-taming narratives, 1500-1700( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first book to address and explore the various dramatic, poetic and narrative versions of the popular t̀aming of the shrew' story, from the Middle Ages to the Restoration, in the light of new historical work on the place of early modern women in society." "The contributors address the historical interrelationships of key theatrical texts such as the anonymous The Taming of A Shrew, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, John Fletcher's The Woman's Prize, or The Tamer Tamed and John Lacey's Sauny the Scot. The essays in this volume subsume and extend the historical work, especially on the later seventeenth-century versions, and address the multiple shrew-taming narratives as an extended cultural dialogue debating key issues of gender and sexual politics." "Recent criticism has tended to overplay p̀ower' readings of the shrewplays and to cast especially Shakespeare's play as an irredeemable document of barbarism. This volume reopens some of these critical questions and takes a fresh perspective on the renaissance shrew. The cast of contributors represents a balance between established critics responsible for seminal work in shrew-studies and younger scholars whose research is exploring new directions." "List of Contributors: Anna Bayman, Sandra Clark, Charles Conaway, Holly A. Crocker, Barry Gaines, H.J. Helmers, Richard Madelaine, Leah S. Marcus, Margaret Maurer, Jan Purnis, George Southcombe, and Ann Thompson."--Jacket
Republicanism, liberty, and commercial society, 1649-1776( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines republicanism in an Anglo-American and European context from the execution of Charles I to the publication of Tom Paine's Common Sense. It gives weight not only to the thought of the theorists of republicanism but also to the practical experience of republican governments in England, Geneva, the Netherlands, and Venice
The prince and the discourses by Niccolò Machiavelli( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is an excellent, readable and vigorous translation of The Prince, but it is much more than simply a translation. The map, notes and guide to further reading are crisp, to-the-point and yet nicely comprehensive. The inclusion of the letter to Vettori is most welcome. But, above all, the Introduction is so gripping and lively that it has convinced me to include The Prince in my syllabus for History of Western Civilization the next time that I teach it. ... Great price, too! And lovely printing and layout."€"Rachel Fulton, University of Chicago "The translation is lively and readable
The essential Federalist and anti-Federalist papers by Alexander Hamilton( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, in a single volume, is a selection of the classic critiques of the new Constitution penned by such ardent defenders of states' rights and personal liberty as George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Melancton Smith; pro-Constitution writings by James Wilson and Noah Webster; and thirty-three of the best-known and most crucial Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. The texts of the chief constitutional documents of the early Republic are included as well. David Wootton's illuminating Introduction examines the history of such "American" principles of government as ch
Modern political thought : readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This second edition offers a new unit on modern constitutionalism with selections from Hume, Montesquieu, the Federalist, and Constant. In addition to a new essay by Wootton, this unit features his new translation of Constant's 1819 essay 'On Ancient and Modern Liberty'
Selected political writings by Niccolò Machiavelli( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here are The Prince and the most important Discourses, newly translated into spare, vivid English by one of the most gifted historians of his generation. Why a new translation? "Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations", says David Wootton in his Introduction. "In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice." (And indeed, Wootton's Machiavelli literally does so when the occasion demands: Renderings of that most problematic of words, virtù, are in each instance followed by the Italian). Notes, a map, and an altogether remarkable Introduction, no less authoritative for being grippingly readable, help make this edition an ideal first encounter with Machiavelli for any student of history and political theory
The coming of the book : the impact of printing 1450-1800 by Lucien Paul Victor FEBVRE( Book )

23 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books, and the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance and heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological history, sociology and anthropology, as well as the study of modes of consciousness, to root the development of the printed word in the changing social relations and ideological struggles of Western Europe
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Doctor Faustus features annotated versions, with modernized spelling and punctuation, of the 1604 "A-text" and the 1592 text of Marlowe's source, the English Faust Book --a translation of the best-selling Historia von Johann Fausten published in Frankfurt in 1587, which recounts the strange story of Doctor John Faustus and his pact with the spirit Mephistopheles
Power, pleasure, and profit : insatiable appetites from Machiavelli to Madison by David Wootton( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We pursue power, pleasure, and profit. We want as much as we can get, and we deploy instrumental reasoning--cost-benefit analysis--to get it. We judge ourselves and others by how well we succeed. It is a way of life and thought that seems natural, inevitable, and inescapable. As David Wootton shows, it is anything but. In Power, Pleasure, and Profit, he traces an intellectual and cultural revolution that replaced the older normative systems of Aristotelian ethics and Christian morality with the iron cage of instrumental reasoning that now gives shape and purpose to our lives. Wootton guides us through four centuries of Western thought--from Machiavelli to Madison--to show how new ideas about politics, ethics, and economics stepped into a gap opened up by religious conflict and the Scientific Revolution. As ideas about godliness and Aristotelian virtue faded, theories about the rational pursuit of power, pleasure, and profit moved to the fore in the work of writers both obscure and as famous as Hobbes, Locke, and Adam Smith. The new instrumental reasoning was a double-edged weapon. It cut through old codes of status and rank, enabling the emergence of movements for liberty and equality. But it also helped to create a world in which virtue, honor, shame, and guilt count for almost nothing, and what matters is success.--
Candide and related texts by Voltaire( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Wootton's translation of Candide features an introduction, a map of Candide's travels, and a selection of those writings of Voltaire, Leibniz, Pope and Rousseau crucial for fully appreciating this eighteenth-century satiric masterpiece that even today retains its celebrated bite."--Jacket
Utopia by Tomás Moro( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More's Utopia is a work of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason
Basic political writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of Rousseau's six major writings in political science includes critical textual annotations, a chronology, and an extended introduction
Doctor Faustus with the English Faust Book by Christopher Marlowe( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Doctor Faustus features annotated versions, with modernized spelling and punctuation, of the 1604 ""A-text"" and the 1592 text of Marlowe's source, the English Faust Book-a translation of the best-selling Historia von Johann Fausten published in Frankfurt in 1587, which recounts the strange story of Doctor John Faustus and his pact with the spirit Mephistopheles. David Wootton's Introduction charts Marlowe's brief, meteoric career; the delicate social and political climate in which Doctor Faustus was staged and the vexed question of the relig
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Galileo : watcher of the skies
Galileo : watcher of the skiesAtheism from the Reformation to the EnlightenmentPolitical writingsPaolo Sarpi : between Renaissance and EnlightenmentDivine right and democracy : an anthology of political writing in Stuart EnglandGender and power in shrew-taming narratives, 1500-1700Republicanism, liberty, and commercial society, 1649-1776The prince and the discourses
Alternative Names
David Wootton British historian of science

Wootton, D. 1952-

Вуттон, Дэвид

우튼, 데이비드 1952-

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