Bernard Mandeville’s Influence on Darwinism

In the early 18th century, the poet Bernard Mandeville wrote a poem, "The Grumbling Hive." This poem was not an outstanding piece of literature and had little influence at the time of its writing. However, it contained an interesting and highly controversial message that was supported in his two-volume defense of the poem, The Fable … Continue reading Bernard Mandeville’s Influence on Darwinism

Friedrich Gentz on the American and French Revolutions

A profound distinction was made between the American and French revolutions in Friedrich Gentz's essay (whose name speaks for itself), The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution, Compared with the Origin and Principles of the French Revolution.  It said that the French Revolution was based on radical change, while the American Revolution was focused … Continue reading Friedrich Gentz on the American and French Revolutions

The French Revolution

One of the most influential events in Western Civilization, the French Revolution had its beginnings in the age of Enlightenment. The Enlightenment centered around the use of reason not only to determine scientific truths, but also to formulate laws and principles that govern the way mankind functions. It was also fueled by the extravagance of … Continue reading The French Revolution