HUm2210, Chapter 15

HUm2210, Chapter 15 - 15 THE BAROQUE AGE II Revolutions in...

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15 THE BAROQUE AGE II Revolutions in Scientific and Political Thought, 1600–1715 TEACHING STRATEGIES AND SUGGESTIONS The instructor can introduce this second unit on the Baroque age with a Standard Lecture blended with a Spirit of the  Age approach, underscoring the distinguishing characteristics of the period’s art styles as previously set forth in  Chapter 14. This first lecture on Chapter 15 should emphasize two new revolutionary themes: radical changes in  science and political theory. As background to these two revolutions, the teacher can employ one of several teaching  models: the Diffusion, the Patterns of Change, the Comparison/Contrast, or, again, the Spirit of the Age. The  instructor should then concentrate on the Scientific Revolution, since its changes had the more radical impact of the  two intellectual movements. Perhaps the best approach is to do a comparison and contrast, showing the extraordinary  differences between seventeenth-century and medieval science. The Patterns of Change model can then be used for  the two sections of this chapter that are closely connected: the actual scientific discoveries   and   the remnants of  magical thinking that survived even in the minds of the scientists themselves. The Patterns of Change method is also  useful for setting forth the stage-by-stage developments in astronomy, physics, medicine, and chemistry. Either the  Diffusion or the Reflections/Connections approach will work in assessing the impact of science on philosophy and  the ironic aspects of the Scientific Revolution.  To   introduce   the   revolution   in   political   thought,   the   teacher   can   use   a   Standard   Lecture   with   a  Reflections/Connections slant, since all of the political thinkers were clearly influenced by the politics of their day.  The Diffusion model is the most appropriate for examining the topic of European exploration and expansion. As a  conclusion for this unit, the instructor can use a Spirit of the Age approach to explain how the revolutions in science  and political thinking forever altered Western values and attitudes. LECTURE OUTLINE  I.The Themes of the Baroque Age II.Theories of the Universe Before the Scientific Revolution A.Geocentrism: Aristotle and Ptolemy B. Empiricism, inductive  and deductive reasoning III. The Scientific Revolution: Discoveries and Theories IV. The Magical and the Practical in the Scientific Revolution A.The paradox in the movement 239
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B. The role of technology C. Astronomy and physics:  from Copernicus to Newton 1. Nicolas Copernicus: a heliocentric universe  2.Johannes Kepler: the three planetary laws 
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