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Act I, Scene I of The Tempest by William Shakespeare by George Romney. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
King Lear and Cordelia by Benjamin West [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Portrait of Rene Descartes by Jan Baptist Weenix. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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About the Seminar
The Modern World
This seminar involves a multi-disciplinary exploration of the period that historians, philosophers, and theologians usually designate as the "Modern Age." The literature of the seminar spans the 15th to 18th centuries, and the course thus includes a critical appreciation of the artistic, philosophical, and theological achievements of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the emergence of the modern nation state, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, and the French Revolution. The required readings of the seminar will be further illuminated by research into the various artistic temperaments that underlie "The Modern Age:" early and later mannerism, renaissance humanism, baroque glamour and grandiosity, as well as the revolutionary scientific and political thought that characterized the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Letters of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montague : Written during her travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Which contain, Among other curious Relations, Accounts of the Policy and Manners of the Turks ; drawn from sources that have been inaccessible to other travellers.
Copernicus, Nicolaus, et al. Three Copernican Treatises : The Commentariolus of Copernicus, the Letter against Werner, the Narratio Prima of Rheticus. 3d ed., rev. / ed., New York, Octagon Books, 1971.
Bacon, Francis. The works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England. In three volumes. To which is prefixed, a life of the author, by Mr. Mallet. Vol. Volume 1. London, MDCCLIII. . Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale.
Paine, Thomas. The age of reason, being an investigation of true and fabulous theology. By Thomas Paine, secretary for foreign affairs to Congress in the American war. And author of the works entitled, Common sense, and Rights of man, &c. London, 1796. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale.
Newton, Isaac, Sir. Mathematical principles of natural philosophy. By Sir Isaac Newton, Knight. Translated into English, and illustrated with a commentary, By Robert Thorp, M. A. Volume the first. Vol. Volume 1. London, MDCCLXXVII. . Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale.
Newton, Isaac. Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John : In Two Parts. by Sir Isaac Newton. Dublin, Printed by S. Powell, for George Risk, George Ewing, and William Smith, 1733.
Priestley, Joseph. Experiments and observations on different kinds of air. Vol. II. By Joseph Priestley, LL. D. F. R. S. Vol. Volume 2.The second edition. London, MDCCLXXVI. . Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale.
Casas, Bartolomé de las. A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies or, a Faithful NARRATIVE of the Horrid and Unexampled Massacres, Butcheries, and All Manner of Cruelties, That Hell and Malice Could Invent, Committed by the Popish Spanish Party on the Inhabitants of West-India, TOGETHER with the Devastations of Several Kingdoms in America by Fire and Sword, for the Space of Forty and Two Years, from the Time of Its First Discovery by Them. Project Gutenberg, 2007.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. A Dissertation on Political Economy : To Which Is Added, a Treatise on the Social Compact, or, the Principles of Politic Law. 1st Amer. ed. Albany N.Y.: Printed and sold by Barber & Southwick, 1797.
Littleton, Jacob, and Joyce Moss. "King Lear." World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events That Influenced Them, by Joyce Moss and Lorraine Valestuk, vol. 3: British and Irish Literature and Its Times: Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill (Beginnings-1830s), Gale, 2001, pp. 187-196. Gale Virtual Reference Library
"The Tempest." Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry, edited by Anne Marie Hacht, 2nd ed., vol. 3, Gale, 2007, pp. 863-890. Gale Virtual Reference Library
This site organizes versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century. All main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought are maintained while the text is designed for clarity.
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus, or, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals by William Harvey is available at https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1628harvey-blood.asp. Please copy and paste the link into your preferred browser.
From Lady Masham, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway in England to Émilie Du Châtelet in France, many women played significant roles in the development of modern philosophy. Project Vox seeks to provide students at all levels with the materials they need to begin exploring their rich philosophical ideas.