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Nov 15

November 15: William Pitt the Elder

William Pitt the Elder

William Pitt the Elder (1708) It was on this date, November 15, 1708, that “The Great Commoner,” English statesman William Pitt the Elder, was born in London. After attending Oxford, Pitt stood for Parliament, where he attracted followers by opposing the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. He was a novel politician in a largely corrupt …

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Sep 17

September 17: Marquis de Condorcet

Marquis de Condorcet

Marquis de Condorcet (1743) It was on this date, September 17, 1743, that French mathematician and political philosopher Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet, was born in Ribemont, Picardy, France. His father died early, so his mother, a very devout woman, had Condorcet educated at Jesuit Colleges in Reims and at the Collège …

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Jul 08

July 8: Religion vs. Psychology

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Freethinkers such as Voltaire in France and John Locke in England pushed back the night of superstition with the light of reason.

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