HIST Lecture #28 12-6

HIST Lecture #28 12-6 - Enlightenment Period The...

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Enlightenment Period The Enlightenment is one of the greatest events in human history. It is a cultural, intellectual movement of the late 17 th and 18 th century. Intellectuals tried to offer a critique of society, its institutions, social hierarchies, justices and injustices in the hopes of improving them. These writers used all the means at their disposal to get their point across. They were creating a critical public sphere. Public spheres are crucial for any thriving pre-democratic system. An independent space of conversation and discourse that exists outside the power of the state and the church. It stressed reason and the human capacity, and was based on empirical evidence. The ability to think rationally is the greatest gift God has given human beings, and it is the source of dignity and why human beings need to be free. The Enlightenment is predicated on the belief in human progress. People aren’t bad; it is their environment that corrupts them. They are blank slates. John
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Hunziker during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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HIST Lecture #28 12-6 - Enlightenment Period The...

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