FREN 4432 Faith and Reason (Spring: 3 )
The French seventeenth century, commonly referred to as France's "grand siecle," is also known as both the century of saints and the beginning of the age of reason. The double impetus of faith and reason brought about enormous creativity and, at times, considerable conflict. In this course we will explore these fundamental poles of French classical literature in thought through the study of major authors, including Saint Francois de Sales, Descartes, Pascal, and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as selections from Bossuet, Malebranche, Bayle, and Leibniz.
Instructor(s): Stephen Bold
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14