Josiah Wedgwood, 1769
In the eighteenth century, philosophers displayed a new confidence in the power of reason. In human affairs an understanding of the rational order of the universe, which could now be revealed by experiment and measurement, might produce better ordered societies and more rational behaviour. In industry this philosophy influenced ways of organising work. One result was the creation of new, rationally organised manufacturing systems.
Here we will look at some of the industrialists who had the vision to carry the ‘Enlightenment project’ into reality.