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HIST 4248 The Enlightenment (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Debate over the meaning of “Enlightenment” began in the Eighteenth Century and has continued unabated ever since. Back then, Enlightenment “thinkers” from different countries pondered the nature of man and God; they questioned existing opinions on education, slavery, gender, and war; they shared revolutionary ideas about science, economics and politics. Ever since, scholars have grappled with the legacy of their insights, at once defending and criticizing the modern notion of “progress” that these spawned. This course offers an introduction to the many facets of Enlightenment thought, looking at both texts from the time and subsequent interpretations of this era.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Dodman

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 05-Mar-15