Scotland and england produced well known intellectuals during the enlightenment but irelands contribution to this revolution in western thought has received less attention. An engaging take on irish thought challenges the stereotype that as a people we were too keen on imagination and averse to reason to have an enlightenment. Part of the innovation of the irish enlightenment by this reading is the common rejection of an earlier tradition that determined end page 157 . The title of this book may raise some eyebrows the concept of an irish enlightenment let alone a french enlightenment in ireland being somewhat novel. Get this from a library the irish enlightenment michael brown during the eighteenth century enlightenment scotland and england produced well know figures as david hume adam smith and john locke
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