Enlightenment Philosophers: Philosophes

November 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Enlightenment Philosophers: Philosophes

  Rational thinkers developed thoughts about mankind or the environment during the enlightenment era.  They form an inter circle of intellectual ideas and called themselves as the Philosophes. These men formally documented their ideas in letters or essays format.  -They believed that that all creation was similarity rational, so that it was possible for man […]

Skepticism throughout the Enlightenment

November 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Skepticism throughout the Enlightenment

Skepticism was common in Enlightenment philosophy. Being skeptical meant that a person was able to able to think critically and methodically. Be able to think methodically lead to the creation of science. Not only scientific thinking was created, philosophical thinking was more rationalized by the renounced philosopher Rene Descartes. In his book Meditations on First […]

Salon Culture

November 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Salon Culture

Salons were established for one purpose and that was to seek knowledge. Elite men and women arranged these get together as a means of socializing and entertain each other. General discussions took place and topics of enlightenment ideas, where enlightenment thinkers shared various ideas about general topics that pertain to society and develop theories that […]

Denis Diderot

May 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot, born in 1713, became an Enlightenment thinker who argued that only a person who is rational could find true knowledge and can lead mankind to progress and happiness. Then,  from1751 to 1772, the 28-volume work was completed with mathematician  Jean d’Alembert. The Encyclopedie was originally formatted to the the translated English encyclopedia in circulation, but […]

Primary Souce Paper

April 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Primary Souce Paper

Voltaire & Mozart in the Enlightenment -Gabriela Burgos             “’Cut,’ said he, ‘only one buttock from each of these ladies [and] if you have to return, there will still be as much left…; Heaven will be please at so charitable an action and you will be saved” (Voltaire 47-48).  This satirical line from Voltaire’s novel, […]

Olympe de Gouges

April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges was born in 1748 in Montauban near Toulouse in France as Marie Gouze. She came from petit-bourgeois origins. Although just as intelligent as she was pretty, no attention was given to her education. She could hardly read or write, and coming from the South of France only spoke French poorly and later […]

Salon culture

April 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Salon culture

Although many variations existed, nineteenth-century salons shared some general characteristics. They were regular gatherings in private homes of mostly elite men and women, who came primarily to talk, but also to see and hear short theatrical and musical performances, to listen to readings from literary texts or memoirs, to play games, and/or to watch artists […]

Skepticism During the Enlightenment

April 2, 2012 | Comments Off on Skepticism During the Enlightenment

“Skepticism enjoys a remarkably strong place in Enlightenment philosophy, given that confidence in our intellectual capacities to achieve systematic knowledge of nature is a leading characteristic of the age. This oddity is at least softened by the point that much skepticism in the Enlightenment is merely methodological, a tool meant to serve science, rather than […]

Grave Robbing

April 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Grave Robbing

Due to increased religious skepticism, science became popularized during the Enlightenment; anyone could do science. Physics and anatomy were heavily focused on, and grave robbing was a popular method for learning more about and examining the human body. One famous grave that was disrupted was that of Mozart, whose skull was stolen. “In the early twentieth century the […]

Patronage System

February 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

         The Enlightenment gave rise to the Classical Era during which musicians worked under what is known as the patronage system. Musicians and/or composers would “[work] as servants to powerful noblemen” writing and performing pieces for their patron. There are pros and cons to this system: Some pros are financial stability and security; working under a patron gets […]

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