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- Examine aspects of The Defense of Poesy by Philip Sidney.
- Discuss the quotes of John Stuart Mill.
- Delve into the essays and politics of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.
- Learn about the influence of social critic John Ruskin.
- Read the sermons and biography of Jonathan Edwards.
- Review the quotes and autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
- Evaluate the works of Thomas Paine and Francis Bacon.
1. Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy
Sir Philip Sidney: courtier, soldier, governor, poet and critic. Learn all about this multifaceted Elizabethan celebrity and his massive effect on the worlds of poetry and literary scholarship.
2. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory
Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.
3. Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin: Politics and Essays
Meet THE power couple of the 1790s: Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Watch how Wollstonecraft inspires the feminist movement, and thrill to Godwin's early anarchic ways! Plus: how does one betray the other, even after death?
4. John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism
From his beginnings as a poet and painter to his status as one of Victorian England's foremost social critics, learn all about John Ruskin's influence on the worlds of art and economic structure.
5. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography
Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.
6. Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm and that he signed the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about his writing? In this lesson, we'll look at two of his most famous works and how they influenced American literature.
7. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis
Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.
8. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy
This lesson examines the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to science. We take a long hard look at the scientific method, with special emphasis on experimental science. Then we briefly examine how Bacon sold science to the world.
9. What is Aesthetics in Philosophy? - Definition & History
Many people disagree about definitions of beauty and art. In this lesson, you will learn how philosophers have approached the concept of beauty and its relationship to ideas about art.
10. What is Ontology? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore the philosophy of ontology. We will learn exactly what ontology is, as well as explore some of the most complex questions ever posed.
11. Probing Questions: Types & Examples
Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.
12. The Social Contract: Summary & Author
Do you think that the people should set the laws? Or maybe that government is best suited just enforcing the laws that the people place? If so, you're probably going to like the idea of The Social Contract.
13. Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis
Why is this short 18th-Century comedic novel not only an important work of literature but also one of the top-10 banned books of all time? Explore the wacky characters and shocking story line that is one of France's most recognizable contributions to world culture.
14. Voltaire: Philosophy & Works
In this lesson we examine the literary contributions of François-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire), a prominent writer and thinker of the French Enlightenment.
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