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Confronting Modernity. Three great revolutions . The Enlightenment: new knowledge and endless progress The Atlantic Revolutions: natural rights, legal equality, government of the people The Industrial Revolution: promise of universal plenty.

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three great revolutions
Three great revolutions

The Enlightenment:

new knowledge and endless progress

The Atlantic Revolutions:

natural rights, legal equality, government of the people

The Industrial Revolution:

promise of universal plenty

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O to be in EnglandNow that April's there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf. While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England--now!

---Robert Browning (1845)

modern voice uncertainty isolation from the past and the future longing for redemption
Modern voice:uncertainty, isolation from the past and the future, longing for redemption

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter. Come and I shall show you fear in a handful of dust.

---T.S. Eliot (1922)

skepticism
Skepticism
  • Everyday world of sights and sounds is deceptive
  • Ability of reason or common sense to understand that real world
19 th century certainty
19th-century Certainty

live in a world of quantifiable facts

science is the royal road to truth

science holds the key to human progress

h uman beings world mysterious
Human beings & world mysterious

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The faintest and reddest objects (left inset) in the image are galaxies that correspond to "look-back times" of approximately 12.9 billion years to 13.1 billion years ago

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