Presentation on theme: "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE ICON OF RATIONALISM 1706 - 1790 “…everything but a poet.”"— Presentation transcript:
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE ICON OF RATIONALISM 1706 - 1790 “…everything but a poet.”
A man committed to the commonweal: B. Franklin - “The First American”
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin published in various editions 1790 - 1868 If he could, anyone could: runaway apprentice - > working man -> business owner -> civic advocate -> politician -> international diplomat
The Moral Essay “Arriving at Moral Perfection” - the thirteen virtues Addresses the Rationalist belief in self-improvement Encourages logical, reasoned, orderly process – One virtue per week, thirteen weeks, repeated 4 times per year = Success! Metaphor of gardener: weeding one bed at a time keeps from overwhelming the gardener
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