Talk:The Age of Reason

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Natural law[edit]

This ties in with problems in the articles Natural Law and Physical law. To an educated individual of the late 18th Century, especially one versed in the ideas of the Enlightenment, the term Natural Law would refer to what we call today the Laws of Physics, rather than referring to modes of human behavior as rooted in the natural world. Meanings of phrases and words shift over time, and that needs to be made clear when discussing the viewpoints of deists and what they speak of when they use the term "natural law." PJtP (talk) 03:07, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

This isn't a book?[edit]

The Rights of Man is found at book stores with 256 pages. Common Sense can be found with 56 pages. I don't know exactly where the division between "book" and "pamphlet" lies, but The Age of Reason is found with 220 pages, so it's either a book or a very thick pamphlet. I think this should be altered and called a "book", don't you? – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 00:59, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

It was published in three parts and referred to as a pamphlet at the time. Hence, "pamphlet". Wadewitz (talk) 18:52, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Were all three parts together called a pamphlet? or were each of the parts individually called a pamphlet, so that when all three are combined they are large enough to be called a book? (The irony of all this for me is that my library has a small, thin, hardcover "book" on the shelf titled Common Sense by Thomas Paine. It was a pamphlet back in the 18th century, and now it's a book – a very thin, hardcover book.) – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 01:31, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
All three parts separately were called a pamphlet and the larger work together was also called a pamphlet. Pamphlets in the 18th century were much longer - often in the hundreds of pages. Wadewitz (talk) 06:50, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
So it remains that this work has only 36 fewer pages than The Rights of Man, which is called a book; shall we continue to refer to The Age of Reason as a pamphlet? Does that not misguide readers and make them think that this work is so much smaller and shorter than it really is?
Do you know of any sources that refer to this work in its entirety as a pamphlet? – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 19:41, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Those are not 18th-century sources, nor are those scholarly sources. If you look at the sources used in this article, they are peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Most follow the 18th-century convention of referring to it as a pamphlet. (And it is obviously not an "ebook" since it could not have been published in an electronic format first.) Wadewitz (talk) 17:44, 22 November 2013 (UTC)