Spring 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUHI 7314 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Enlightenment Historiography

Description of Course:


This is a course on the historiography of the European Enlightenment. Students will gain knowledge of past and current trends in research on European cultural and intellectual history of the period 1650-1800. We will study and discuss works by historians that stand as important examples of scholarly trends of the last 35 years.

Required Texts:

Shapin, Steven, and Simon Schaffer. Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0691024325

Porter, Roy. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Pp. 201-303.

Roger, Jacques. The Life Sciences in Eighteenth-Century French Thought, edited by Keith R. Benson and translated by Robert Ellrich. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997. Pp. 426-474.

Habermas, Jürgen. Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0262581080

Jacob, Margaret C. The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans. Multiple editions.

Darnton, Robert. The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985. ISBN 978-0674536579

Hunt, Lynn. Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0520241565

Israel, Jonathan I. Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights 1750-1790. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 9780199548200

Foucault, Michel. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. New York: Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN 978-0679753353

Schiebinger, Londa. Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science. 2nd edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004; original ed. 1993. ISBN 081353531X

Sheehan, Jonathan. The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780691130699

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Regular attendance and participation in discussion, including a seminar presentation (25% of final grade), and a twenty-page historiographical essay (75% of final grade).

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