The Age of Enlightenment
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NHIS 4365
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
Western thinkers in the 17th and 18th centuries fiercely questioned the world around them. They engaged in an optimistic project to understand the physical universe, the formation of world societies, and the workings of the human mind. These explorations launched many of the sciences and academic disciplines as we know them today, such as psychology, progressive medicine, sociology, and modern history. 'Dare to know' is how one philosopher summed up the spirit of the Enlightenment, and the course encourages this spirit of thorough study and friendly debate. Readings include Bacon, Voltaire, Locke, Newton, Alexander Pope, Diderot, Benjamin Franklin, and Mary Shelley.
Course Open to: Degree Students