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The Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment or, simply, the Enlightenment extended from the late seventeenth to the eighteenth century. This epoch had far-reaching consequences on our view of rationality, science, morality, intellectual progress, the relationship of the individual to the state, and religious tolerance and liberty. This course looks at a selection of key Enlightenment thinkers from the French philosophes (Diderot, Voltaire, d’Alembert, d’Holbach, and Rousseau) to late-Enlightenment figures (Kant, Lessing, and Mendelssohn, the founder of the Haskalah or the Jewish Enlightenment).

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Course Code: HAM 5402

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

The Age of Enlightenment or, simply, the Enlightenment extended from the late seventeenth to the eighteenth century. This epoch had far-reaching consequences on our view of rationality, science, morality, intellectual progress, the relationship of the individual to the state, and religious tolerance and liberty. This course looks at a selection of key Enlightenment thinkers from the French philosophes (Diderot, Voltaire, d’Alembert, d’Holbach, and Rousseau) to late-Enlightenment figures (Kant, Lessing, and Mendelssohn, the founder of the Haskalah or the Jewish Enlightenment).

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A key focus of this course is to examine the way the Enlightenment framed the relationship of religious authority to prejudice. Students will additionally learn how the Enlightenment set the terms of debate for issues that continue to affect the twenty-first century, including the conflict between tradition and modernity, science and faith, reason and revelation, the private and the public, and the religious and the secular spheres. They will learn to critically analyze these issues, provide historical context, and engage with contemporary political debates.

Areas of Study: History and Methods

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

 

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