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2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HS 3400 - Science, Religion and Magic in Modern Europe

An intellectual history of Europe since the Reformation, reviewing trends, approaches, and important figures in the history of modern European thought and culture. The course focuses on the interplay between “traditional” and “modern” elements and analyzes the process of secularization as explained by prominent western historians. Topics to be addressed include popular beliefs like magic and witchcraft, the development of a modern scientific method and perspective in the Scientific Revolution, the application of scientific standards to society in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and challenges to the Enlightenment program after the French Revolution, the relationship between science and religion in the Victorian era, modernism and the fragmentation of the western culture consensus, and the persistence of traditional faith and popular culture.