The Arts and Royalty; Philosophers Debate Politics – Discussion help

World Cultures II

The Arts and Royalty; Philosophers
Debate Politics”
 Please respond to one
 of the following, using sources under the Explore heading

  • 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


The Arts and Royalty

Philosophers Debate Politics

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