Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ben Franklin

Works Discussed:
* Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Topics Discussed:
* Role of Autobiography and the Individual
* Secularization of Puritan ideas: Spiritual vs. Moral Regeneration, Spiritual vs. Communal Betterment, Protestant Ethic and Material Wealth
* Role of Enlightenment: Progress and Utility
* American Dream
* American Blueprint: Moral Perfection
* Views on Religious Pluralism and Gender
* Cultural Tension With England
* New Importance of Individual and Community

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