Dr. George Dameron--Library 306-Campus Phone ext. x2318

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11-12; Tuesday 1-2, and by appointment

Email: gdameron

Website: http://academics.smcvt.edu/gdameron/

"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give it to the other."

Voltaire (1694-1778)

Humanities 205 (Enlightenment and Revolution) is one of five Humanities courses that fulfill the Liberal Studies requirements in "Culture and Civilization." There are no prerequisites for the course.


The purposes of this course are four: (1) to offer an inter-disciplinary introduction to the culture and intellectual history of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; (2) to encourage students to think and write critically and analytically; (3) to inspire greater interest on the part of the student in the history of these two centuries; and (4) to explore the intellectual and cultural origins of the modern world.


There will be no formal lectures, and the format will emphasize discussion of and writing about the assigned readings.


The requirements of the course are the following: (1) an hourly examination (10% of final grade) on October 14; (2) one eight to ten-page paper on a topic associated with the required readings in the course due November 23 (30% of final grade); (3) a final examination (30% of final grade); 4) short written quizzes in class on the assigned readings (10%) and (5) class work (attendance, participation in discussions) (20% of final grade).

The dates of the bi-weekly quizzes are September 18 (Friday), October 5 (Monday), October 16 (Friday), October 30 (Friday), November 13 (Friday), November 30 (Monday), and December 7 (Monday).

The paper is due on at my office. For every day it is late, I will deduct five (5) points from the grade of the paper. I refer each student to the Writing Center, a free service of the college offered to each student. It is located in basement of the library, and it is usually open six days a week. I will distribute specific guidelines regarding the paper after the mid-term examination.

As a courtesy, students should inform the professor of any anticipated absence. Students should also arrange travel plans so that they do not fall on days of exams.


The Academic Integrity policy (St. Michael's College Catalog 1998-1999, pp. 23-24) is operative in this course. The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct in particular addresses the issue of plagiarism and its penalties. For the purpose of this course, plagiarism is the "presenting of another person's ideas as your own, by directly quoting or indirectly paraphrasing, without properly citing the original source".


Students with documented learning disabilities by the Office of the Associate Dean will receive special accommodations in the areas of testing and the paper assignment where appropriate. Please see me should you like to request such arrangements.


I reserve the right to adjust the syllabus in the course of the semester, and I will do so on the online syllabus. Students should weekly consult my web page for any changes (which I will also announce in class).

All readings other than those for purchase on in then Internet Modern History Sourcebook. Students can get access to those readings by clicking on the highlighted texts in the online syllabus.

Required Books for Purchase (all paperbacks)

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews (Viking Penguin 1977);

Galileo Galilei, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, trans. with an introduction by Stillman Drake (Garden City: Doubleday Anchor 1957);

Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Viking Penguin 1980)'

John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, ed. C. B. Macpherson (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1980);

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract (Viking Penguin);

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (New York: New American Library Penguin, 1983).

Required Readings and Websites on the Internet (Internet Modern History Sourcebook)

David Hume, "On Miracles"

Selected Prints of William Hogarth

Selected paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn

Introduction to Course                 September 2

Film: "Art in the Western World

(17th/18th Centuries)"                 September 4

The Scientific Revolution, the Triumph of Rationality, and the Visual Arts

Galileo, "The Starry Messenger" (1610) Sept. 7, 9

Galileo, "Letter to the Grand Duchess

Christina" (1615)                 Sept. 11, 14

David Hume, "On Miracles"         Sept. 16

Artemisia Gentileschi and Rembrandt van Rijn, selected paintings

    Italian Baroque                Sept. 18

Political Theory and Revolution

John Locke, "The Second Treatise of

Government" (1690)                 Sept. 21, 23, 25,

Art and Social Commentary

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews (1742) Sept. 28, 30, Oct. 2

                                        Oct. 5, 7, 9

**October Break**                 Oct. 12

**Hourly Examination**                 Oct. 14

The Visual Arts: The Work of

William Hogarth                         Oct. 16

Political Theory and Social Criticism

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social

Contract (1762)                         Oct. 19, 21, 23,

                                        26, 28, 30

History and Social Commentary

Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of

the Roman Empire

(1776-1788)                         Nov. 2, 4, 6,

                                        9, 11, 13,

                                        16, 18, 20, 23

**Paper Due**                         Nov. 23

**Thanksgiving Break"                 Nov. 25-29

The French Revolution and the Rights of Woman

   (Mary Wollstonecraft, "A Vindication

    of the Rights of Woman")           November 30

The Revolt Against Rationality

Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" (1816)    Dec. 3,

                                        5, 7, 9


William Wordsworth, "The World is Too Much

With Us" (1807)                         Dec. 11

Examination                            December 16 (9-11:30)