The Enlightenment

  • This Way, Tyranny Lies

    One of my favorite topics to teach is the 16th century scientific revolution in Europe.  If I could, I would spend an entire semester dissecting the way Ptolemy’s second-century explanation of the universe prevailed for 13 centuries, only to be challenged by Copernicus and then utterly destroyed by Tycho Brahe and Johanne Keppler, who turned 20 years of nightly observations of the heavens into three laws of planetary motion: Planets … Read More

  • The Enlightenment is at Stake, Too

    Earlier this week, a friend of mine sent me an article from Inc. magazine predicting that in 2020 liberal arts degrees would be popular among hiring managers.  The basic argument is that technology-heavy industries will need fewer and fewer coders as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning take those jobs first.  The expectation is that AI may be able to write computer programs, but it will have a hard time … Read More

  • American Democracy and the Authoritarian Tradition of the West

    Dr. Mario DiNunzio explores the legacy of the enlightenment and the European reaction to the American Revolution.  The west’s fascination with authoritarianism didn’t stop with the American Revolution—or even with the French.  DiNunzio puts that history into context with implications for the rise of new authoritarian movements today. Mario DiNunzio is Emeritus Professor of History at Providence College, where he has taught for many years and he continues to teach … Read More