Question description

Week 2 Discussion – post during Week 2 dates to count for
weekly attendance
“The Arts and Royalty; Philosophers Debate
Politics” Please respond to one (1) of the
following, using sources under the Explore heading as the
basis of your response:

How
were the social and political developments of European Monarchy in the
18th century reflected in the arts? And how did this compare/contrast with
Baroque in the Americas at this time?  Can you relate to Western
social and political issues today?

In
this week’s readings, a dispute in the French royal court is described
about whether Poussin or Rubens was the better painter. Take a painting by
each, either from our book or a Website below, and compare them and
explain which you prefer. There is another conflict between the playwright
Moliere and a well-born Parisian; Louis XIV stepped in. Explain how Louis
XIV used the various arts and his motives for doing so. Identify one (1)
example of a modern political leader approaching the arts this way.
Which
factors – historical, cultural, social – favored the popularity of the
novel, rise of new literary forms during the Enlightenment in England?
 How do they compare to present conditions? What is the current
status of the novel?

The
philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke disagreed on the understanding
of political authority, with Locke taking what is commonly called the
“liberal” view. Choose a side (be brave perhaps; take a side you actually
disagree with). Using the writings of each given in our class text or at
the Websites below, make your case for the side you chose and against the
other side. Identify one (1) modern situation in the world where these
issues are significant.

Explore:
The Arts and Royalty

Chapter
23 (pp. 742-755); Rubens; Poussin; Moliere; royalty using the arts; review
the Week 2 “Music Folder”
Rubens
and Poussin at http://www.visitmuseums.com/exhibition/from-baroque-to-classicism-rubens-poussin-and-17th-85 and http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio/p/poussin/biograph.html

Philosophers Debate Politics

Chapter
24 (pp. 776-7; 803-805)
Hobbes:
text at http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/hobbes/leviathan-contents.html;
summary at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hobbes-moral/;
also http://jim.com/hobbes.htm
Locke:
text at http://www.thenagain.info/Classes/Sources/Locke-2ndTreatise.html;
General background of the concept at http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/teachers/lesson_plans/pdfs/unit1_12.pdf

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