The Enlightenment

Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity
Author(s): James Schmidt
Genre: History
Imprint: Modern Scholar
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Product Number: UC061
Released: Mar 30, 2005
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ISBN: #9781419337161
Narrator/s: James Schmidt
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The Enlightenment stands at the threshold of the modern age. It elevated the natural sciences to the preeminent position they enjoy in modern culture. It inaugurated a skepticism toward tradition and authority that decisively shaped modern attitudes in religion, morality, and politics. And it gave birth to a vision of history that saw man, through the unfettered use of his own reason, at last escaping that state of ""immaturity"" to which superstition, prejudice, and dogma had condemned him. The world in which we live is, for better or worse, in large part the result of the Enlightenment. This course will explore this remarkable period. It will discuss the work of such influential thinkers as Voltaire, John Locke, Denis Diderot, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Benjamin Franklin. It will also spend some time with less well-known, but no less influential, figures such as Joseph Priestly - a clergyman, scientist, and philosopher who was one of the most passionate defenders of the American Revolution in England - and the remarkable John Toland, a man whose writings on religion changed the way many Europeans thought about the Scriptures.

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Author(s): James Schmidt
Narrator(s): James Schmidt
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Author(s): James Schmidt
Genre: History
Product Number UT061
Released: Jul 12, 2005
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"The Enlightenment marked the birth of the modern age. Serious scientific inquiry began in earnest, political philosophy took root, and intellectual discourse moved into the public sphere. Dr. James Schmidt's narration is thoughtful and reserved, allowing the forceful ideas to speak for themselves. The presentation is spare, without musical interludes or other embellishments, and the lectures are followed by questions from the otherwise quiet audience. This is a thoughtful and lucid survey of a momentous time in human history. An accompanying pamphlet summarizes the lectures, and provides illustrations and additional readings. This sturdily bound collection delivers on its promise of college-level material. J.W. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"