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14 08, 2017

Thomas Paine – American Philosophy

By |2017-08-14T13:00:34-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Philosophy|0 Comments

Thomas Paine (by Matthew Pratt, about 1790) In the late 1700s AD, around the same time that Voltaire, du Chatelet, and Rousseau were writing philosophy in France, and Hume was writing in England, Thomas Paine was writing philosophy in America. Paine was born in England, and his father was a Quaker, and owned a small business. Young Paine didn't go to [...]

7 08, 2017

Voltaire – European philosopher

By |2019-09-18T07:41:44-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe|2 Comments

Voltaire - a French philosopher Voltaire took ideas about religion, science, and human rights that were just getting started in the 1700s AD, and encouraged new ways of thinking about them. His ideas paved the way for the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolution, though he died just before the French Revolution. Voltaire was [...]

7 08, 2017

Emilie du Chatelet – European philosophy

By |2019-05-18T09:08:25-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher in the 1700s Did Emilie du Chatelet go to school? Emilie du Chatelet's rich father, who was interested in literature and science, hired tutors to homeschool her, instead of sending her to a convent school. She learned Latin, German, Greek, and Italian, as well as math and science. [...]

6 08, 2017

David Hume – European philosophy

By |2019-09-04T10:40:27-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

David Hume, the European philosopher Who was David Hume? Soon after Hobbes and Locke died, starting in 1739 AD, David Hume published more important books about philosophy. Hume disagreed with Descartes' idea that people did what their reason or logic told them was best. Thomas Hobbes John Locke René Descartes The Enlightenment All our modern Europe articles Hume thought [...]

6 08, 2017

du Chatelet light project – European science

By |2019-05-18T08:46:04-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|0 Comments

Any desk lamp will do for this du Chatelet light project What is the du Chatelet light project? Emilie du Chatelet was a scientist who lived in France in the 1700s, in the time of Louis XV. She proposed this experiment as a way of showing that longer wavelengths of light heat things [...]

30 05, 2017

Peter and Catherine – Russian History

By |2017-05-30T23:31:10-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sophia, ruling as Regent Michael Romanov, the first czar elected by representatives of the people, took power in 1613 AD. Czar Michael made peace with Lithuania and Sweden, and managed to take control of Ukraine and Kiev away from Poland. During the 1650s, the czars conquered more and more of Central Asia until [...]