HPS202 Progress (+ Tutorial)

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Department
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Course
HPS202H1
Professor
G.Garbutt
Semester
Fall

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HPS202Thursday September 29 2011Progress as Enlightenment IdeaEnlightenment late 17CE to end of 18CEintellectual culture strongly influenced by rationalism and Baconian natural philosophy scientific observation quantificationassociated with mathematization of natural investigation and application of reason to all aspects of lifeRenaissance scholars see selves as attempting to regain glories of Ancient Greece and Rome Enlightenment scholars believe surpass Ancients and have reached new more perfect social political and intellectual agesaw history as building up to themIf I see a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giantsIsaac Newtonalso believed Enlightenment ideals would inevitably lead to the creation of a better worldenlightenmentutopiabetter world being defined as one was more aligned with western rationalist idealsscience and tech taken as important visible signs of progress because moral and social betterment hard to measureahistorical for any given time and place definition of progress idea hold
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