Fri, April 4, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked a new and important departure in Western inquiry into the phenomena of harmony, causality, and chance. The unprecedented dramatic financial crises of the 1720s, among them the South Sea Bubble, drove some Englishmen to reconsider questions of randomness and chance, human agency versus divine providence. Social, theological and scientific developments of the time enhanced the revolution in ideas. These advances in thought eventually became impDror Wahrman is Ruth N. Halls Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University. He attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and completed a Ph.D. at Princeton University, where he was the last student of Lawrence Stone (and thus will no doubt be pleased to answer questions about the famous feud between Stone and Hugh Trevor-Roper). His The Making of the Modern Self (Yale, 2004) won both the Ben Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies and the Louis Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.