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Optimism and cosmopolitanism in the Enlightenment

By: Neven Leddy, University of Ottawa

Abstract: This session introduces the Enlightenment through the Lisbon Earthquake of November 1st, 1755 focusing on the elements of Optimism and Cosmopolitanism. In the process it illuminates the diffusion of “news” through the eighteenth century Republic of Letters. The methodological thrust of the lesson plan is interdisciplinary, demonstrating the crossover and feedback between history, philosophy, religion and literature. It assumes a bilingual student body.

Topics: optimism | cosmopolitanism | diffusion of news

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