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HIST 4860 The Enlightenment in Western Thought and Culture (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

We will examine the broad intellectual and cultural movement of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and its continuing legacy in Western society. The Enlightenment produced some of the founding ideas of modern Western society, some which are indelibly inscribed into our existing political, religious, and cultural institutions. Through an examination of primary and secondary texts, this course will trace the development of these ideas up to the present day. Some of the topics to be discussed are the promises and perils of Enlightenment thought; the cultural origins of ideas; the relationship between the Enlightenment, the American and French revolutions; and anti-Enlightenment movements.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jason Cavallari

Prerequisites: History Core

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Last Updated: 22-Feb-14