Monday, May 5, 2014


The Age of Enlightenment or The Age of Reason was a cultural movement that began in the 17th century and emphasized the power of rational thought. It stressed tolerance, the scientific method and individualism. It was also one of the major movements which shaped Western Civilization as we know it and therefore, a topic you need to familiarize yourselves with. If you want to broaden your horizons and practice writing cause and effect type essays, give this task a shot.

Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  

Familiarize yourself with the topic:
·         “The Enlightenment”  
·         “The Enlightenment – causes and effects”  
·         “Enlightenment: the effects”
·         “Age of Enlightenment”  
Reading material to annotate:
·         “The impact of the Age of Enlightenment”
·         “Enlightenment period”
·         “The political and social impact of the Age of Enlightenment”
·         “How did the Age of Enlightenment influence Western civilization?”
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “The Enlightenment – Part I”
·         The Enlightenment – Part II”  
·         “Heroes of the Enlightenment Ep. I” BBC documentary   
·         “Heroes of the Enlightenment Ep. II” BBC documentary
Present day implications:
·         “Why the Enlightenment still matters today”

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