HIS-3355 The European Enlightenment

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

This course seeks to understand the nature of the cultural and intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In what way was it a continuation of the Scientific Revolution? How did it reflect changes in the structure of eighteenth century European society and politics? Did it involve a repudiation or undermining of Christianity? In what ways did it anticipate intellectual debates of later centuries? In what sense did it reflect contemporary concerns? To answer these questions, this course relies on readings from leading historians of the Enlightenment as well as texts from French, British, Scottish and German thinkers of the period.