Daily Archives: July 10, 2007

The Enlightenment: FOR or AGAINST? (Part 2)

In the interest of equal time on the Enlightenment issue, here is the call for the next discussion. Virtual contributions welcome: 


Please join the University of Maryland English Department Eighteenth-Century Reading group for a discussion of:

The Enlightenment: FOR or AGAINST? (Part 2)


Did the Enlightenment free humanity from the tyranny of superstition or did it create more powerful forms of social control through new technologies of power?  Did it lay the groundwork for fascism or for human rights?  Have you ever wondered what Swift was really making fun of in Book 3?  Unless you’re too busy purifying the English language, find out and weigh in on the Enlightenment on Wednesday, August 1, 1-3 pm in Susquehanna 3105, University of Maryland.  As usual, refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Readings for Part 2:

 Thomas Sprat, The History of the Royal Society of London

Jürgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity 

(both are available on Amazon)