The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment

An overview of the Enlightenment period with a focus on philosophers of the movement.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hist 158 - EARLY MODERN EUROPE Lecture 3

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HIST 158 1st Edition Lecture 18 Outline of Last Lecture I. Absolutism a. Theories b. Characteristics c. Constitutionalism Outline of Current Lecture I. Enlightenment a. General background b. Terminology c. Philosophers/Enlightenment thinkers Current Lecture I. Enlightenment a. General background i. Very few enlightenment thinkers expected revolution ii. They just didn’t trust people to think for themselves and didn’t want to give power to the incapable b. Terminology i. Libertines- proto-atheist movement/very critical of religious institutions and customs 1. Anonymously critical, however 2. Evolution of the term: a. In 19th century refers to people acting promiscuously b. Now, refers to freedom of choice and anti-government ii. Atheism- anti-God/ minority of Enlightenment thinkers iii. Pantheism- God is in everything and everywhere These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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