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Friday, November 1, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Uris Hall, G08
Institute for European Studies, Cornell University
Matt Kadane, Professor of early modern European history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and for the current academic year the Willis F. Doney Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. The author of The Watchful Clothier (Yale University Press, 2013) and articles in The American Historical Review, Past & Present, and several other journals and book collections, he is now finishing a book titled "The Enlightenment and Original Sin." His research has been funded by, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Huntington Library, where he was a long-term fellow, and the Mellon Foundation.
This lecture will look at the European Enlightenment through the doctrine of original sin, which offers the clearest way of understanding the Enlightenment’s coherence and contradictions and the reasons eighteenth-century people found it compelling or repulsive.