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Heroes of the Enlightenment

Heroes of the Enlightenment

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In the 17th century, Western Europe became a hotbed of curious inquiry that eventually became known as the age of Enlightenment. In this two hour-long documentary, some of the era's heroes are celebrated, with due spotlight given to titans such as Isaac Newton and Voltaire, and equal attention devoted to lesser known figures that made watershed contributions to political and scientific thinking. Most of the luminaries covered began to look to human reason as the only means of understanding the world, which led to a backlash from an entrenched religious culture that threatened to hamper progress. Newton's scientific breakthroughs, Voltaire's advocacy of free speech, and Denis Diderot's landmark encyclopedia are all seen as forerunners of the civilization we know today, but in their time, their new ideas were treated with skepticism and outright hostility. The documentary offers insight into how they persevered, transformed a culture, and opened the door to the future. This documentary is being offered by the Humanist Society of South Australia on YouTube.


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  • Published: 2011
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: H079076