Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Description
Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 4380 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The European Enlightenment

Description of Course:

European history, culture, and thought from 1648 to 1815--an era of absolute monarchy, Enlightenment, and revolution. We will interpret the literature, political theory, theology, metaphysics, and science of the European Enlightenment through the study of important published works from the era. The course ends with the French Revolution and the birth of both human rights and scientific racism.

Required Texts:

Blanning, Tim. The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe, 1648-1815. Penguin, 2008. ISBN 978-0143113898

Descartes, René. Selected Philosophical Writings. Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN 978-0521358125

Atherton, Margaret, ed. Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period. Hackett, 1994. Pp. 9-21 (avail. on e-Reserve)

Spinoza, Benedict de. Theological-Political Treatise. Trans. by Samuel Shirley. 2nd ed. Hackett, 2001. ISBN 978-0872206076

Strauss, Leo. "Persecution and the Art of Writing.” In idem, Persecution and the Art of Writing. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1988, c1952. Pp. 22-37 (avail. on e-Reserve)

Pufendorf, Samuel. On the Duty of Man and Citizen According to Natural Law. Cambridge University Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0521359801

Isaac Newton, excerpts (avail. on eLearning)

Locke, John. Second Treatise of Government. Hackett, 1980. ISBN 978-0915144860

Bernasconi, Robert, and Anika Maaza Mann, “The Contradictions of Racism: Locke, Slavery, and the Two Treatises.” In Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy, ed. Andrew Valls. Cornell University Press, 2005. Pp. 89-107 (avail. on e-Reserve)

Hull, Isabel V. Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815. Cornell University Press, 1996. Pp. 229-256 (avail. on e-Reserve)

Hunt, Lynn. The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History. Bedford/St. Martin, 1996. ISBN 978-0312108021

Bernasconi, Robert, and Tommy L. Lott, eds. The Idea of Race. Pp. 1-37 (avail. on e-Reserve)

Schiebinger, Londa. Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (1993), pp. 143-183 + corresponding endnotes (avail. on e-Reserve)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

attendance and participation in discussion (20%), mid-term exam (20%), seven-page paper (25%), ten-page paper (35%)

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