Hum 4: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Revolution (1660-1848)

Quarter: Winter 2017 Room: PCYNH 106
Professor: Eric Watkins Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Office: H&SS 8062 Tel: (858) 822-0082

Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:00 & by appt.
Course Webpage:

TAs: Michael Pittman
Tobin Chodos
Jill Bolin
Office: H&SS 7054
Art of Espresso
Galbraith 173A
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:50-10:50
Wed & Fr 9:50-10:50
Mon 1:00-3:00
Reading Assignments (subject to change)  
1-9 Introduction
1-11 Science in the Enlightenment
The Scientific Revolution (no reading)

1-13 Political Authority in the Enlightenment
Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690), Chapters 1-5, (pp. 7-30)

1-16 No class (Marin Luther King Jr. Day)
1-18 Locke, Second Treatise of Government, Chapters 7-11, 19 (pp. 42-53, 65-74, 107-124)
1-20 Religion in the Enlightenment
*Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sect. 10 (1748)

1-23 *Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sect. 11
1-25 The Meaning of Life in the Enlightenment
Voltaire, Candide (1759)
First Paper Prompt
1-27 Voltaire, Candide, cont.
1-30 Political Authority in the Enlightenment and in Romanticism
Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (1754) (pp. 33-65) (pp. 39-75 in second edition)

2-1 Rousseau, On the Social Contract (1762) (pp. 141-159, 160-166) (pp. 156-176, 178-185 in second edition)

2-3 Rousseau, On the Social Contract (pp. 173-186, 192-195, 197-208, 220-227) (pp. 191-205, 212-215, 218-230, 243-252 in second edition)
2-6 Introduction to 17th, 18th, and early 19th Century Art First Paper Due
2-8 The Origins of Romantic Literature
Goethe, The Sufferings of Young Werther (1774)

2-10 Goethe, The Sufferings of Young Werther, cont.  
2-13 Enlightenment Conceptions of History
*Lessing, "The Education of Mankind," "On the Origin of Revealed Religion," "The Religion of Christ" (1778)

2-15 *Kant, "What is Enlightenment?" & "Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose" (1784)
2-17 Enlightenment Morality
*Kant, Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals (1783), Section 1 (selections)

2-20 No class (President's Day)
2-22 *Kant, Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals (1783), Section 2 (selections) Second Paper Prompt
2-24 *Kant, Continued and concluded

2-27 Political Revolution
The French Revolution, *Sieyes "What is the Third Estate?", "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen", "Declaration of the Rights of Woman" (Third Estate is here)

3-1 Romantic Conceptions of History, Art, and Ethics
*Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1794), Letters 1-9

3-3 *Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1794), Letters 21-24

3-6 Introduction to 18th and early 19th Century Music - Visiting speaker/performer Mike Slayen (For more info, see: Second Paper Due
3-8 Enlightenment Politics
*Declaration of Independence (1776), *Madison, "Federalist Papers" X & LI (1787) & *U.S. Constitution (1787/91)

3-10 Religion in Romanticism
*Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (1799) Chapter 1 in Course Reader, Chapter 2 is here

3-13 Political Authority in Romanticism
*Novalis, "Faith and Love," "Fragments from the Notebooks" (1798)

3-15 Romantic Literature
*Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" (1807)

3-17 Conclusion
3-20 Final Exam (11:30-2:20)  
* indicates that reading is contained in the Course Reader  

Required Texts
Goethe, Johann. The Sufferings of Young Werther. New York: Norton, 1970.
Locke, John. Second Treatise of Government. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1980.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Basic Political Writings. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1987.
Voltaire. Candide and Related Texts. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2000.
Dornan & Dawe, The Brief English Handbook, 7th ed. New York: Pearson & Longman, 2004.

A required Course Reader is available from University Readers (800-200-3908 or

Course Requirements:
(1) regular attendance at lecture and section;
(2) preparation for, and participation in, weekly discussion section;
(3) completion of two 5-7 page papers;
(4) a final exam.

Final grades will be assessed as follows: first paper: 20%; second paper: 30%; final exam: 35%; section: 15%

Other Information:
1. Honor Code. The Academic Honor Code must be observed in this course.

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2. If accommodations are needed for a disability or religious reasons, please notify me during the first class period or as soon as possible.