Program Details

The Enlightenment

Taylor Hagood

Course Description

In this unique lecture series, Professor Taylor Hagood will delve into the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth century and contrast it with the present moment. The United States was founded on the philosophical principles of Enlightenment thinkers, while the art and music of the era have, in many ways, set the gold standard of classicism. These philosophical and artistic accomplishments were based on ideals of rationalism, liberty, and equality as natural rights. Dr. Hagood will present the era's major philosophers, artists, and composers by exploring the current moment in history in the United States with an eye to how the Enlightenment has continued or fallen short into our era. Space is limited.


  1. Enlightenment Philosophy: Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes, Voltaire, and other Foundational Enlightenment Philosophers
  2. Enlightenment Music: Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven Dominated Enlightenment
  3. Enlightenment Art: Following the Rococo Era, Art of the Enlightenment Strove for Symmetry and Classicism
  4. Fruits of Enlightenment: The legacy of the Enlightenment in the Present Moment

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., is a professor of American literature at FAU. He has published several books, including "Faulkner; Writer of Disability" (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-10).

    Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-15