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Dissonance in the Republic of Letters

By: Christopher Tozzi, Johns Hopkins University

Abstract: This lesson plan highlights the diversity of opinion within the Republic of Letters by presenting a few of the personal and intellectual conflicts in which thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries involved themselves. By reading letters exchanged by Enlightenment thinkers, students will gain an appreciation of the intellectual nuances of the period and the way in which knowledge was pursued.

Topics: disputes & disagreements | diversity of opinion | intellectual rivalry

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