F.E. Peters is the award-winning author of The Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition and Jerusalem and Mecca: The Typology of the Holy City in the Near East. He has two degrees in Classical Languages as well as a Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Princeton. He teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University.
Jerusalem: City of God, City of Fire (Portable Professor Series)by F.E. Peters
Eighteenth-century Europe saw a flowering of ideas that shook the social and political order to its very foundations. Voltaire, Locke, Diderot, and Kant and other great thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, as this period would come to be known, sought to rid society of the shackles of superstition and ignorance by promoting such then-radical ideas as the inalienable rights of the individual, religious toleration, and the power of reason and science to better mankind. Discussed in the coffee houses, salons, academies, and secret societies of Europe and Britain, Enlightenment ideals influenced the architects of the French Revolution and the founding fathers of the United States, and would go on to become the foundation of modern political, economic, and social theory. In this fascinating course, Professor James Schmidt explores the great thinkers and ideas -- as well as the controversies -- of this intellectually rich period in history.
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