Stand By list 18th Century Philosophy: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes

Stand By list 18th Century Philosophy: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes

05 March 2018

19:30 - 21:30
  1. Reasonableness and humanity: Voltaire, 1694-1778 (5 Mar)
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18th Century Philosophy: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes

Rene Gabriëls, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UM

Mon 5, 12, 19 en 26 Mar and 9 Apr – 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2

In The Netherlands right wing intellectuals and politicians tend to show themselves as defenders of The Enlightenment. They see the achievements of the ‘century of reason’ being threatened by the Islam. The irony is that for a long time left wing intellectuals and politicians had to defend the ideals of The Enlightenment, being Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood, against the right. Where the left criticized the authority of the church and state and strived for emancipation, the right wants to maintain the ‘ancien régime’. The topicality of the Enlightenment is a good reason to bring to the attention the work of those philosophers who played an important role in the development of it. Their thoughts and on key themes can still be inspiring for those who haven’t found what they are looking for, yet.

The individual lectures
1. Reasonableness and humanity: Voltaire, 1694-1778 (5 Mar)
2. Materialism and Atheism: Diderot, 1713-1784 (12 Mar)
3. Sovereignty and Authenticity: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778 (19 Mar)
4. Passion and Doubts: David Hume, 1711-1776 (26 Mar)
5. The Public Use of Reason: Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804 (9 Apr)

Costs whole series
UM students €10
UM employees and students from other schools €25
Others €50

12 March 2018

19:30 - 21:30
  1. Materialism and Atheism: Diderot, 1713-1784 (12 Mar)

19 March 2018

19:30 - 21:30
  1. Sovereignty and Authenticity: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778 (19 Mar)

26 March 2018

19:30 - 21:30
  1. Passion and Doubts: David Hume, 1711-1776 (26 Mar)

09 April 2018

19:30 - 21:30
  1. The Public Use of Reason: Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804 (9 Apr)