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Enlightenment 14 Jacques the Fatalist, II
Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self course "You are a product of the Enlightenment. In fact, the philosophy behind so much that has created the modern concept of Self—politics, economics, psychology, science and technology, education, art—was invented as recently as the Enlightenment of the 18th century. In The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self, literary scholar Leo Damrosch of Harvard University considers the time when ideas about the self were first considered. " We watch and discuss one lecture per week. Here is the full list of lectures for the course: 1 Changing Ideas of the Self 2 17th-Century Religious Versions of the Self 3 17th-Century Secular Versions of the Self 4 Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves, I 5 La Princesse de Clèves, II 6 British Empiricism and the Self, I 7 British Empiricism and the Self, II 8 Voltaire, Candide 9 Voltaire, Johnson, Gibbon-Some Lives 10 Boswell, The London Journal, I 11 The London Journal, II 12 Diderot's Dialogues 13 Diderot, Jacques the Fatalist, I 14 Jacques the Fatalist, II 15 Rousseau, Inequality and Social Contract 16 Rousseau, The Confessions, I 17 The Confessions, II 18 Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker 19 Franklin, Autobiography 20 Franklin and Adam Smith 21 Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, I 22 Les Liaisons Dangereuses, II 23 Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience 24 Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG) offers many opportunities for discussions of philosophy and philosophical issues. No advance preparation or knowledge is required, unless stated in the meeting description. All our meetings are free of charge.

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