The Intellectual History of Europe: From Saint Augustine to Marx

The Intellectual History of Europe: From Saint Augustine to Marx

The Intellectual History of Europe: From Saint Augustine to Marx

The Intellectual History of Europe: From Saint Augustine to Marx

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Intended for those who have some knowledge of medieval and modern history, this course of study is based, not on secondary compends, but on the texts of important works. These readings tap the main currents of the intellectual life of the Western World from the close of antiquity to the middle of the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the relations of literature, philosophy, science, and art to the great trends of public opinion and political and social action. Sufficient secondary material, of the type of Randall Making of the Modern Mind, is included to serve as an introduction to the works studied. The reader should find all these classics worth study. A number of the works are not easy reading; every reader will inevitably prefer some to others.

When such a course of study is offered to college students, lectures furnish a running account of the main currents of thought. They begin with the transformation of the classic view of life from the age of Homer to that of the Church Fathers. Then follows a description of the culture of the early Germans and of the fusion of Roman, Christian, and Germanic ideas during the Dark Ages. The Middle Ages, from about 900 to 1400, are presented topically: vernacular literatures; Latin literature, including philosophy and science; and the fine arts, for which two hundred University Prints are used. The survey of medieval culture is followed by topics for the period 1400 to 1750: humanism; vernacular literatures; the fine arts (again with two hundred prints); music from the Greeks through Handel (illustrated with gramophone records); science; and religion. The final group of lectures considers the Enlightenment and the reaction against it: Romanticism; the return to the throne and the altar; the revival of Liberalism after 1820 . . .

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