Euro Civ 1/03/05

The Enlightenment & The Lisbon Earthquake : Reading Guide I

The Problem

1. Describe the two fundamentally different explanations in the 18th century for events such as earthquakes.

2. How did the so-called Scientific Revolution affect the way many 18th century intellectuals came to understand how the world worked?

3. What is a Deist and what did they believe?

4. What is a philosophe and what did they believe?

5. On what grounds did some 18th century Catholic and Protestant traditionalists dispute Enlightened thought?

6. Note the date and details of the Lisbon earthquake.

7. Describe the nature of the debate that occurred as an “aftershock” of the Lisbon earthquake.