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What Was the Enlightenment? by James Schmidt

What Was the Enlightenment?

by James Schmidt

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Unabridged Edition
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35 Min.


This is the first lecture from the Modern Scholar course The Enlightenment: Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity taught by Professor James Schmidt.

In this lecture Professor James Schmidt talks about what Immanuel Kant called "man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity". The Age of Enlightenment began the elevation of science and reason in Western civilization. It was an era where great thinkers began to think for themselves and question the absolute rule of religious and political authorities. Professor Schmidt talks briefly about many of the key figures of the Enlightenment including Denis Diderot, Isaac Newton, Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, and Voltaire, and he talks about where the ideas of the Enlightenment prospered primarily in England, Germany, and France.

For more information on this course or to get it on audio download check out: The Enlightenment: Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity.

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