Enlightened Exchanges

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Enlightened Exchanges

Fall 2018

Taught By: Gina Walker

Section: A

CRN: 7242

Credits: 3

This course reads recently recovered published and private conversations between male and female thinkers that shed new light on women's participation in Enlightenment. We study the theological correspondence among Anna Maria van Schurman, Gisbertus Voetius, Andre Rivet, Jean Labbadie, and Bathsua Makin; Gabrielle Suchon's affinity for Spinoza, the philosophical interplay of Rene Descartes and Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia; Marie le Jars de Gournay's complex response to Michel de Montaigne; Marie Madeleine Jodin's political education in Diderot's library; the personal and intellectual communications between Damaris Cudworth and John Locke; Emile du Chatelet and Voltaire; Margaret Cavendish and Frances Bacon; John Milton and Lucy Hutchinson. We consider women's idiosyncratic use of the Classical tradition in their engagement with canonical ideas, their reactions to each other, the new knowledge they produced, and the volatile public reception to "the equality of the sexes." We review contemporaneous and modern analyses of Poullain de la Barre's Cartesian argument that "the mind has no sex" as a litmus test of the current diffusion of female intellectuals' works and reputations. This course is open to undergraduates by permission only.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:30am 1/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018