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Gent 10: The Age of Reason (1690-1775)

The course deals with the age of rationalism in Western history, based on the philosophies of Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and Berkeley. It also examines the triumph of the bourgeoisie in English politics in the modifications of the social contract theory (which likewise becomes the basis for the American Declaration of Independence), the beginnings of the novel, the reaction to all of this in the great Evangelical Movements across Europe and America, and the foundations – in war and economics – for the French Revolution.

8:45-9:40 Tradition from Caravaggio to Poussin, Gamble Caravaggio to Poussin
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Enlightened Despots and the Seven Year War, Tom Enlightened Despots

8:45-9:40 Introduction to Enlightenment Philosophy, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Denis Diderot and the Enlightenment, Alan

8:45-9:40 Rococo; Naturalism in genre scenes and portraiture, Gamble Rococo, Naturalism
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The American Revolution, Tom American Revolution

8:45-9:40 Locke and Leibniz on Innate Ideas, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Rise of the English Novel, Alan

8:45-9:40 Neoclassical Art and Architecture, Gamble Neoclassicism
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Intellectual Revolution and Astronomy, Tom Astronomy

8:45-9:40 Hume and Skepticism, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Adam Smith and ‘Wealth of Nations’, Alan

8:45-9:40 Anton Wilhelm Amo and the Problems of Perception, Stephanie
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Federalist Papers, Alan

8:45-9:40 Dialogue: Team
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Test: (Bring a scantron)


Oct 17 2023 - Nov 09 2023
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Najm Akbar

I am Muhammad Najm Akbar. Call me Najm.
Born in Multan, Pakistan, I had my initial education there.
In the United States, I have graduated twice from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA 1995 and MALD, 2011, and have a graduate degree in History from Fresno State, 2022. Middlebury awarded me an MA in Teaching of Foreign Language, in 2009.

Alia and I have lived In Monterey since 2005. Our children are married and engaged in their professional lives in New York.

Our biggest delight is our two granddaughters, the eldest turns four soon, and the youngest is about a year and a half old.

I remained part of the Pakistan Foreign Service for two decades and at the Defense Language Institute taught Urdu for thirteen years until 2018.

I joined the MPC pool of adjunct history instructors in 2022 and have taught courses in Gentrain, World History, US History, and History of World Religions. 

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