C100 Themes & Terms Flashcards Drill yourself on this flashcard deck, identifying the Period and recalling the definition for each Theme or Term .
Empiricism: NeoClassical Knowledge that is observable and verifiable . Knowledge that is gained through the senses , not through books.
Individualism/Self-Fashioning: Renaissance Manipulating one’s public image to gain favor or popularity. Related to Humanism with the emphasis on Individualism and free will.
Darwinism: Realist The theory of evolution by way of natural selection , in which organisms adapt to their environment gradually over time.
Balance: Classical Aesthetics and values of harmony and symmetry in art and thought .
Skepticism: Neoclassical A form of critical thinking in which philosophers reach their conclusions based on reason , not prejudice or bias .
Archetype: Foundations A character-type, image, or symbol that is found across cultures and eras . The “ hero ” is an archetype.
Exoticism: Romanticism A fascination with non-Western , non- Christian cultures, which European artists saw as being more free and sensual .
Rationalism: Neoclassical (also Renaissance) A philosophy that emphasized the role of reason as the key to knowledge and understanding.
Myths: Foundations These are stories that explain things like the origins of humanity and natural phenomena. They offer practical and spiritual wisdom and provide entertainment.