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The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate. We will examine the impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature. Finally, we will examine the forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the cultural climate that existed as the Enlightenment began
- understand the main characteristics of the Enlightenment
- demonstrate an awareness of the cultural shifts and trends leading from Enlightenment to Romanticism.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 'The Enlightenment'
- 2 The Enlightenment and its mission
- 3 Enlightenment, science and empiricism
- 4 Enlightenment, religion and morality
- 5 Enlightenment and the classics
- 6 The Enlightenment on art, genius and the sublime
- 7 The Enlightenment and nature
- 8 The forces of change: towards Romanticism
- 9 Conclusion
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The course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate. We will examine the impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature. Finally, we will examine the forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free History of Art courses or view the range of currently available OU History of Art courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 14th April 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 14th April 2016
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