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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 Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mike | 11/13/2013

    " Much more a theoretical history of the beginning of the Enlightenment Era as opposed to the Era itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gloriavirtutisumbra | 7/7/2013

    " Excellent audiobook overview of a major historical epoch, with many satisfying side trips. I never realized how coffeehouses, the illicit trading of books, scientific societies (and secret ones), and even the encyclopedia of Diderot had so much impact on the modern world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mike | 10/12/2010

    " Very disappointing to me in it's coverage of the subject. "

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