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Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality


May 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
May 17, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
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Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall

Conference organized by Dr. Anton Matytsin and Professor Dan Edelstein.  Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Europe Center, the Stanford Humanities Center, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the French Culture Workshop, the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, the Seminar on Enlightenment and Revolution,and the Departments of French and Italian, German Studies, History, and Philosophy.

The field of Enlightenment studies has recently undergone a series of debates regarding the role of religion in 18th-century thought, leading to reconsiderations of the supposed predominance of secular rationalism during this period. The traditional definition of “the Enlightenment” as a secular “Age of Reason” has been challenged by studies that have demonstrated the persistent importance of religious ideas. Such major revisions call for new explorations into the origins of the intellectual transformations of early-modern thought. See the full program by clicking on this link.