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Great Minds on Learning

Dec 6, 2021

The Enlightenment was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its thinkers believed in individual liberty, religious tolerance, opposition to absolute monarchy and the dogmas of the Church, and an emphasis on the scientific method and the primacy of reason.
The Enlightenment overturned many then traditional ideas about politics, science, arts, law, economics and many other fields – but at the centre of their project was a slew of revolutionary ideas about learning. Donald pinpoints a group of enlightenment thinkers who had particularly interesting things to say about how we learn and how we ought to learn, many of which speak to central issues of our own time.
  • The Enlightenment & Learning – 1:02
  • John Locke (1632-1704) – 10:26
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) – 19:33
  • Adam Smith (1723-1790) – 34:02
  • Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) – 43:15
  • Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817) & Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) – 1:00:58
  • Summing up – 1:09:48
  • Locke
  • Rousseau
  • Smith
  • Wollstonecraft
  • Edgeworths (2)
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