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HIST150 The Enlightenment

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These notes cover The Enlightenment, which was covered during the Winter 2016 school year at Ball State University
The West in the World
Dr. Malone
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Cassare Beccaria, Adam Smith, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire
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Date Created: 02/17/16
HIST 150 The Enlightenment Motto of The Enlightenment • “Dare to know” – Immanuel Kant • Individuals need to think for themselves Objectives • 1. Critically evaluate social institutions, ideas, and practices o Is it reasonable? (#reason) § Ex. Caesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments • 2. Uncover the natural laws operating in society. o “Science of man” – aka the social sciences § Ex. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations Themes • Action, change…PROGRESS • Considered radical and new • Achieve progress through the use of REASON Caesare Beccaria – Italian thinker • 1. He argued all people should be treated equally before the law o Matter of execution • 2. He argued that penal systems should be reformed so that the punishment fits the crime • 3. Opposed the use of torture as a means of obtaining evidence in criminal cases o NOT REASONABLE • 4. Opposed the death penalty on several grounds o Objected the barbarity of executions Key Point of Opposition • It is not absurd that the law, which detest and punish homicide, should in order to prevent murder, publically commit murder themselves? • By around 1800, most European countries abolished torture and reserved the death penalty for he only gravest crimes • Advocating reform, change happens on behalf of some of hi s reforms Adam Smith – professor • Uncovered the new concept of the natural laws that operate in the economy • The economy is governed by the natural law of supply and demand (TQ) • In order to maximize a nation’s wealth, the laws should allow to be operated w/o government interference • Let nature take its course. Gov. should pursue the policy of “laissez -faire” • Individuals should be free to pursue their own economic self -interest **** “The Individual” • Natural rights and freedoms • Economic freedom John Locke - Two Treatises of Government (1690) • All men are born free and equal • The natural right of life, liberty, and property • Men form governments to protect the natural rights of man • A gov. that failed to protect those rights or rules arbitrarily or absolutelya tyrannical gov. • Can overthrow and start a new gov. Thomas Jefferson “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal” (and when I meet Thomas Jefferson I’m a compelling to put women in the sequel. WORK (David Diggs (left) as Thomas Jefferson and Lin Manuel Miranda (right) as Alexander Hamilton) Voltaire • Jean Calas – French protestant who was executed. Voltaire was enraged • Toleration • “Individuals should have the freedom to practice their religion w/o interference of others” Spreading Enlightenment Ideas th • Mid-18 c. Salon in Paris owned by Madame Geoffrin • Coffeehouse (first one appeared in Venice in 1640) Print Culture • The Encyclopedia • (TQ) To compile and spread all of the scientific and technological knowledge of the day • ****To compile and spread Enlightenment ideas in order to “change the general way of thinking.” • 1757 the publishing of it was deemed “dangerous” • He puts an innocuous statement at the beginning and end and hides the controversial point within the body so t hat it’s skimmed and not noticed by editors and publishers • Who read this? Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin


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