2 What is the Enlightenment? A period of philosophical, social and civil development in which scientific reasoning became the primary accepted authority.RoughlyOutgrowth of the scientific revolutionBegan in England, moved to France, and then to other parts of the western world (including America)The “Age of Reason”
3 Characteristics of the Enlightenment Progressive, Rationalistic, Humanistic worldviewEmerged out of the Scientific Revolution and culminated in the French RevolutionSpokesmen = Rising Middle ClassParis = Center of EnlightenmentOptimism about mankind’s abilities
4 Key Ideas of Enlightenment Distrust of Tradition and Revealed ReligionScientific method could be applied to society as wellSociety can get better as risks are takenMan is naturally goodGood life is on earth
5 How was Enlightenment Creative? Linear thinkingLogicalTraditional (Inside the box)Jumps to conclusionsFocuses thinkingLateral thinkingIntuitiveInnovative (outside the box)Keeps an open mindBroadens thinking
6 The EnlightenmentApplication of the scientific method to social problemsCreativity in the EnlightenmentLinear thinkingLearning scienceLateral thinkingApplying science to social situations, religion, and government
7 Lateral Thinking Exercise Connect the nine points below with as few straight lines as possible without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper.O O OO O OO O ODistribute transparencies
8 Lateral Thinking Exercise Connect the nine points below with as few straight lines as possible without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper.O O OO O OO O ODistribute transparencies
13 Deism ― “Scientific Religion” God is a remote Being or power in the universe (“everywhere but nowhere”)Compared to a “watchmaker” (universe governed by laws)Trusts “Natural” theology, but not “revealed” (biblical) theology.Anti-clerical and skeptical of organized religionExpects ethical, enlightened behavior
14 Thomas Paine (1737-1809) on Deism “Here it is that the religion of Deism is superior to the Christian Religion. It is free from all those invented and torturing articles that shock our reason or injure our humanity, and with which the Christian religion abounds. Its creed is pure, and sublimely simple. It believes in God, and there it rests.”
15 Discussion:Why would Deism flourish in the age of Enlightenment?
16 The “Slippery Slope”ConservativeLiberalDeistAgnosticAtheist
17 MetaphysicsGiven the new scientific understanding of how the entire observable universe operates, two gnawing issues remained:Whether and how God fits in,andWhether and how human souls fits in.
18 Metaphysics Matter is inert and incapable of thought. There must be an immaterial existence.God and human spirits are immaterial.VS.All existence is matter.Thinking and willing are properties of matter.There is no God or human spirit.
19 Alternative Metaphysics All existence is matter.Spirit is matter, but more subtle and refined.Spirit is capable of thought and will.God and human spirits are material.Does this sound familiar?
20 Alternative Metaphysics In May 1843, Joseph Smith corrected a Methodist minister stating, “There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes” (D&C 131:7).
21 Alternative Metaphysics Puritan Richard Baxter wrote in 1650: “The soul is a substance; for that which is nothing can do nothing…. It is not bones and flesh that understand, but a purer substance, as all acknowledge.”Unitarian theologian Joseph Priestley wrote in 1777: “The original, and still prevailing idea concerning a soul or spirit, is that of a kind of attenuated aerial substance, of a more subtle nature than gross bodies.”
22 The Ubiquity of God’s Spirit Many believed that God was an omnipresent Spirit filling all his creations.Newton theorized that a subtle “Spirit” filled the universe and be the medium through which gravity works. He called this Spirit “the spiritual body of Jesus”.Akin to popular concept of the “ether”Mormons know this as the light of Christ.
24 Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Materialism Leviathan "All that is real is material, and what is not material is not real."argued that any speech referring to “immaterial substances… [is] without meaning” and that “to say an angel or spirit is an incorporeal substance is to say, in effect, there is no angel nor spirit at allLearned science from Galileo
25 Thomas Hobbes Government (Leviathan) "[Early man's life was] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short... [and in a constant state of] warre, [living in] continual fear and danger of violent death.“ – LeviathanAbsolute monarchy was sent by God to help mankind control the conditions of lifeHobbes' concepts were used to justify colonialization
26 DiscussionWhy was it important to go back to the beginning of civilization to discover its purpose?Do you think that primative humans were warlike or peaceful?
27 John Locke (1632-1704) Attacked concept of Divine Right king Friend of Newton–empiricistThe forefather of our forefathers
28 John Locke Materialism Existence consists of physical matter and invisible spirit.The materiality or immateriality of God and spirit is unknown.
29 John LockeGovernmentSecond Treatise of Civil Government
30 John LockeMen when they enter into society give up ... liberty of a kind; yet it being only with an intention in every one the better to preserve himself, his liberty and property, the power conferred can never be supposed to extend farther than the common good, but is obliged to secure everyone's property.
31 John Locke[Government] can never have a right to destroy, enslave, or designedly to impoverish the subjects... To this end it is that men give up all their natural power to the society they enter into, and the community put the legislative power into such hands as they think fit, with this trust, that they shall be governed by declared laws, or else their peace, quiet, and property will still be at the same uncertainty as it was in the state of Nature.
32 John LockeThomas Hobbes ( ) had described a social contract in which people in a state of nature ceded their individual rights to a strong sovereign in return for his protectionLocke offered a new social contract theory in which people contracted with one another for a particular kind of government, and that they could modify or even abolish the governmentGreat influence on Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
33 Rule of LawWherever Law ends, Tyranny begins― Locke
34 DiscussionCould you have a very strong government and still have the rule of law?Could that government be Machiavellian?What led Locke and Hobbes to different conclusions?
35 John Locke Theory of Knowledge Essay Concerning Human Understanding Reasoning puts man above animalsRejected concept that ideas are innateTabula rasaOuter ideas from experienceMankind can attain all knowledge
36 Alexander Pope English Poet Essay on Man and Essay on Criticism Many famous sayings came from these booksPraised the Enlightenment people but cautioned them to beware of too much learning
37 “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” – Alexander Pope from An Essay on Criticism
38 All Nature is but art unknown to thee All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;All discord, harmony not understood;All partial evil, universal good:And, spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite,One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.– Alexander Pope from Essay on Man
39 “We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;Our wiser sons, no doubt,will think us so.”– Alexander Pope from An Essay on Criticism
40 Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish essayist & cleric Hated injustice Politically activeSatiristGulliver’s TravelsA Modest Proposal…
41 The Scientists“The Knowledge I had in Mathematicks gave me great Assistance in acquiring their Phraseology, which depended much upon that Science and Musick; and in the latter I was not unskilled. Their Ideas are perpetually conversant in Lines and Figures. If they would, for Example, praise the Beauty of a Woman, or any other Animal, they describe it by Rhombs, Circles, Parallelograms, Ellipses, and other Geometrical Terms; or by Words of Art drawn from Musick, needless here to repeat.” - Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (Laputa)
42 The LawyersI said there was a Society of Men among us, bred up from their Youth in the Art of proving by Words multiplied for the Pleasure, that White is Black, and Black is White, according as they are paid. To this Society all the rest of the People are Slaves.For Example, if my Neighbor hath a Mind to my Cow, he hires a Lawyer to prove that he ought to have my Cow from me. I must then hire another to defend my Right, it being against all Rules of Law that any Man should be allowed to speak for himself. Now in this Case, I who am the right Owner lie under two great Disadvantages. First, my Lawyer being practiced almost from his Cradle in defending Falsehood; is quite out of his Element when he would be an Advocate for Justice, which as an Office unnatural, he always attempts with great Awkwardness if not with Ill-will. The second Disadvantage is, that my Lawyer must proceed with great Caution: Or else he will be reprimanded by the Judges, and abhorred by his Brethren, as one that would lessen the Practice of the Law. (continued)
43 The Lawyers (cont.)And therefore I have but two Methods to preserve my Cow. The first is, to gain over my Adversary's Lawyer with a double Fee; who will then betray his Client by insinuating that he hath Justice on his Side. The second way is for my Lawyer to make my Cause appear as unjust as he can; by the Cow to belong to my Adversary; and this, if it be skilfully done, will certainly bespeak the Favour of the Bench.It is a Maxim among these Lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: And therefore they take special Care to record all the Decisions formerly made against common Justice and the general Reason of Mankind. These, under the Name of Precedents, they produce as Authorities to justify the most iniquitous Opinions; and the Judges never fail of decreeing accordingly.- Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (Houyhnhnms)
44 A Modest Proposal“It think it is agreed by all parties that this prodigious number of children in the arms, or on the backs, or at the heels of their mothers, and frequently of their fathers, is in the present deplorable state of the kingdom a very great additional grievance; and therefore whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of making these children sound, useful members of the commonwealth would deserve so well of the public as to have his statue set up for a preserver of the nation….- Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal…
45 Creativity ConceptWrite a satire in the style of Swift about some aspect of modern life
47 DiscussionWhy did the enlightenment take longer to take hold in France than in England?
48 The “Philosophes” Pronounced fĭl' ə sŏf French name for philosopher, but referred to an enlightenment intellectual.Enlightenment spread in France largely through Voltaire.
49 Progressive Ideology of the Philosophes Most philosophes were optimistic about the future because they believed in the inevitability of progress.Saw human history largely as a history of the improvement of humanity in three respects:Developing a rational knowledge of the natural world and the ability to manipulate the world through technologyOvercoming ignorance bred of superstitions and religionsOvercoming human cruelty and violence through social improvements and government structures
50 Voltaire (1694-1778) Pen name Deist; critical of Catholic church Lived in exile (London) and grew to love the works of NewtonReturned to French/Swiss chateauLeader of the French EnlightenmentCourt of Frederick II of PrussiaCandide"Let us all tend our garden“Joined Freemasonry in last year of his life
51 Voltaire as Deist“All nature cries aloud that He [God] does exist that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.”“Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.”Voltaire
52 Treatise on Tolerance“This little globe, which is but a point, rolls through space, as do many other globes; we are lost in the immensity of the universe. Man, only five feet high, is assuredly only a small thing in creation. One of these imperceptible beings says to another one of his neighbors, in Arabia or South Africa: 'Listen to me, because God of all these worlds has enlightened me: there are nine hundred million little ants like us on the earth, but my ant-hole is the only one dear to God; all the other are cast off by Him for eternity; mine alone will be happy, and all the others will be eternally damned.”Voltaire
53 Letter to Prince Frederick of Prussia “In the midst of all the doubts we have discussed for four thousand years in four thousand ways, the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have nothing to fear from death. There are some charlatans who admit no doubts. We know nothing of first principles. It is surely very presumptuous ... to pretend to know precisely why God made the world, when we do not know why we can move our arms at our pleasure. Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.”Voltaire
54 DiscussionVoltaire lost his belief in God because of the Lisbon earthquake. He said that if God was benevolent and all-powerful, he would not allow such senseless suffering to occur. Therefore, since there was suffering, God must not be all-powerful or must not exist.What do you think?
55 Treatise on Tolerance (Compassion) “Nature tells us all, ‘You have been born weak and ignorant and are doomed to live out a few fleeting moments on the earth before fertilizing it with your corpses. Since you are weak, you must look after one another, and since you are ignorant you must educate each other. If…[someone] clings to a different opinion, you must forgive him; for it is I who am responsible for making him think the way he does . I have given you the strength with which to cultivate the ground and a flicker of intelligence to guide you. I have placed in each of your hearts a seed of compassion with which to help one another through life. Do not smother this seed; nor must you corrupt it; for it is divine.”Voltaire
56 Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Contest: "Does progress in the arts and sciences correspond with progress in morality?"Social Contract“Noble Savage” (instinctive goodness)Laid the foundation for the French RevolutionLiberty, Equality, FraternityDominance of the legislature
57 “Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains.” Rousseau
58 Denis Diderot (1713-1784) Encyclopedia 15 yrs to publish all 17 volumesStated goal: “All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings."
59 Liberty"The good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. It is to the state what health is to the individual."- Diderot in L'Encyclopedie: Article on Government, quoted in Barzun, Jacques, From Dawn to Decadence, Perennial, 2000, p370.
61 Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German enlightenment Transcendentalism The Critique of Pure Reason and …Practical ReasonCategorical Imperative
62 Categorical Imperative "You should behave with only those types of behavior that are dictated by the absolute nature of the basic principle on which the act is based.""Act as if your actions would become a moral maxim (principle or model) for all others and at all times."– From Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative
63 Adam Smith Scottish professor Wealth of Nations Free enterprise system The role of self-interest and laissez-faireThrough an “invisible hand” self-interest guides the most efficient use of resources in a nation’s economy, with public welfare coming as a by-productState and personal efforts to promote social good are ineffectual compared to unbridled market forcesProvides the intellectual rationale for free trade and capitalism.
64 Edward Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Anti-religious bias Do you think, as did Gibbon, that the adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire weakened the empire?
65 David Hume Scottish philosopher Leader of empiricism movement Grew to distrust all and question everything.Materialist?Atheist?
66 Change Wrought by Enlightenment Weakened the influence of organized religion, but certainly did not destroy institutional churchesEncouraged the replacement of Christian values (which had guided European thought on religious and moral affairs for over a thousand years) with a new set of secular values
67 Legacy of the Enlightenment Debate on whether evolution or creationism should be taught in schoolsDebate on Judeo-Christian values and secular humanismDebate on free trade and protective tariffsDebate on what the role and authority of government should be
68 Examine with the mind, and listen with the heart. End of Chapter 35Examine with the mind, and listen with the heart.