Wednesday 10.15 - 12.15
The Enlightenment was a European cultural revolution on a massive scale – not just a ‘spring’, but a long century of radical thinkers who took reason and science as their guiding lights against a background of absolutism, ignorance, slavery, and the beginning of industrialisation. This course will explore the changes fuelled by the powerhouse of 18th century French and English philosophers and their impact on science, religion, the arts and nature. We will look at the Enlightenment superstars, the statesmen and artists they inspired beyond Europe, and the key role played by women in the coffee houses and literary salons where they met. And we will examine their enduring effect on our ways of thinking in the 21st century.
This series of lectures is given in French and is aimed at intermediate and advanced French learners.
10 monthly sessions, September - June