Apr 11 2010
All these thinkers are important for a deeper understanding of the processes and the ideas that led to what I called the central event of the period between enlightenment and romanticism in American history: the American revolution.
It certainly would not harm to read up on each of these figures, but as I said we will return to them again and again during the course of the lectures, and right now it may be enough to remember that their ideas stand for a new way of thinking – called the ‘Enlightenment’ – which emerged over the late 17th and most of the 18th century in Europe and which also found its way to America.
OK, there are three questions that I have, and you may want to try to answer them as a traning sessions for things to come :
1. What was the ‘Glorious Revolution’ and what does John Locke have to do with it?
2. Who was Cotton Mather?
3. What was the Royal Society and can you say something about its notion of science?
Enjoy, if you can…