Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Enlightenment: The Age of Reason in Britain, France, Germany and America (1690-1790)


Price for Members: $70
Price for Non-Members: $105
Date/Time: Thur. Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17 & 24   3:00 – 5:00*  Note the later time.
Instructor: Ken Alexander, MA, lecturer Art History and Humanities, Los Medanos College
Location: Online

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Course Description

In the 16th and 17th century religious differences and efforts to “reform” Christianity unleashed wars, pillaging, plague, destruction of property, and the deaths of millions. In the wake of such tragic turmoil, thinkers and writers began critical reassessment of what had occurred. Join us for a discussion of the great thinkers and writers of this vibrant period of “enlightenment”, one, sad to say, that would lead to its own revolutions and wars. The “cast of characters” includes John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, Immanuel Kant, Johann Goethe, Gottfried Leibniz, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson. Here’s a crew well worth revisiting. Their hits and misses can instruct us all. (ONLINE)


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Ken Alexander, MA, lecturer art history and humanities, Los Medanos College

Event Details

Date: 2022-02-24

Start time: 03:00 p.m.

End time: 05:00 p.m.



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