Nihilistic, anti-Christian, fully subjective
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
Robert Kennedy assassinated
Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Neil Armstrong becomes first man on the moon
Woodstock, the event and the poem by Joni Mitchell
Vietnam Peace Agreement
resignation of President Nixon over Watergate scandal
end of the Cold War
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1 Franklin’s 13th Virtue was to “imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
2 “I am commencing [said Rousseau] an undertaking, hitherto without precedent, and which will never find an imitator. I desire to set before my fellow-men the likeness of a man in all the truth of nature, and that man is myself. Myself alone! I know the feelings of my heart, and I know men. I am not made like any of those I have seen; I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence.”
3 He applied primitivism to his political agenda, the idea that civilization has spoiled the Noble Savage.
4 “What a light has burst over Europe within the last few years! It first illuminated all the princes of the north; it has even come into the universities. It is the light of common sense!” Rouseau
5 Written in three days.
6 Opinion of Frederick the Great, a patron of Voltaire
7 A spontaneous, chaotic account of several years in the character’s life. Denounced and highly acclaimed.
8 The bloody French Revolution and the American War for Independence are linked with the age of Romanticism.
9 Absolute truth will be displaced by relative, pragmatic truths that science will proclaim
10 What faith had been to the Middle Ages, science would be to the coming 19th century.
11 Dickens’ harshest indictment of English social problems during his time.
12 “An immoral law makes it a man’s duty to break it”
13 A Transcendentalist.
14 The theory of evolution was defended by intellectuals and scientists against theological objections, and was taken as confirmation that progress was the natural direction of life. The controversy helped define popular ideas of the dedicated scientist and ever-expanding human knowledge of and control over the world. “survival of the fittest” and “natural selection” suggest that strength and force win over right, and moral absolutes become relative.
15 Science brought confidence to mankind. It was felt that the heart and feelings were the key to understanding and meaning, Transcendentalism.
16 She was greatly influenced by Jonathan Edwards and Emerson.
17 Like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche was an existentialist.
18 Example of social comment, the Noble Savage.
19 Greatly influenced by Marx, Darwin, and Nietzsche.
20 One who believes that there can be no proof of the existence of God but does not deny the possibility that God exists.
21 Banned, burned, then devoured. One day in a man’s life.
22 His writing and painting was proclaimed obscene.
23 A classic of feminist movement, interior monologue.
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