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Welcome to The History Guide's Lectures on Modern European Intellectual History: Abelard to Nietzsche. These lectures were written over the past five years and served as the basis for my upper division European intellectual history and history of European socialism classes at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton and Davie, FL) and Meredith College (Raleigh, NC).

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The primary thrust of the lectures is the history of the western intellectual tradition from Abelard to Nietzsche. The lectures, furthermore, are broken down into rather traditional categories, ie. Reformation, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and so on. I make no claim to originality in any of these essays. The opinions expressed here are my own but I am sharing them with you because I believe that education is something much more than a classroom and grades. If I appear to have contributed something to your own knowledge of yourself and others, please share that knowledge with me.


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Lecture 1: Modern European Intellectual History: An Introduction
Lecture 2: The Medieval World View (1)
Lecture 3: The Medieval World View (2)
Lecture 4: The Medieval Synthesis and the Renaissance Discovery of Man
Lecture 5: The Medieval Synthesis Under Attack: Savonarola and the Protestant Reformation
Lecture 6: The Medieval Synthesis and the Secularization of Human Knowledge: The Scientific Revolution, 1543-1642 (1)
Lecture 7: The Medieval Synthesis and the Secularization of Human Knowledge: The Scientific Revolution, 1642-1730 (2)
Lecture 8: The New Intellectual Order: Man, Nature and Society
Lecture 9: �crasez l'inf�me!: The Triumph of Science and the Heavenly City of the 18th Century Philosophe
Lecture 10: The Vision of Human Progress: Vico, Gibbon and Condorcet
Lecture 11: The Origins of the French Revolution
Lecture 12: The French Revolution: The Moderate Stage, 1789-1792
Lecture 13: The French Revolution: The Radical Stage, 1792-1794
Lecture 14: The Language of Politics: England and the French Revolution
Lecture 15: Europe and the Superior Being: Napoleon
Lecture 16: The Romantic Critique of the Enlightenment
Lecture 17: The Origins of the Industrial Revolution in England
Lecture 18: The Social Consequences of the Industrial Revolution -- currently editing
Lecture 19: The French Revolution and the Socialist Tradition: Early French Communists (1)
Lecture 20: The French Revolution and the Socialist Tradition: English Democratic Socialists (2)
Lecture 21: The Utopian Socialists: Charles Fourier (1)
Lecture 22: The Utopian Socialists: Robert Owen and Saint-Simon (2)
Lecture 23: The Age of Ideologies: General Introduction (1)
Lecture 24: The Age of Ideologies: Reflections on Karl Marx (2)
Lecture 25: The Age of Ideologies: The World of Auguste Comte (3)
Lecture 26: The Age of Ideologies: Charles Darwin and Evolutionary Theory (4) -- currently editing
Lecture 27: The Revolt Against the Western Intellectual Tradition: Nietzsche and the Birth of Modernism

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