As we think about the long-term effects of the Enlightenment`s emphasis on political and social change, we can see that, although the original philosophers were not able to escape the limitations of their misogyny and racism, the ideas they presented did end up challenging outdated notions about women and minorities.
The following contemporary documents illustrate contemporary examples of how the thinking introduced in the 17th and 18th centuries continues to influence our world today.
o The UN declaration of human rights at http://www.historywiz.com/primarysources/universalrights.htm
o UN declarations concerning the rights of women, minorities, and children at http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/women/engl-wmn.html#udhr
I have three sets of questions I would like you to consider as you connect the past to the present. CHOOSE one set and answer ALL questions:
How do these modern documents reveal the ideals of the Enlightenment?
Note that to answer this question you first have to identify the ideals of the Enlightenment and then move on to discuss how these ideals are shown in the modern documents. (Make sure you quote specific passages from the modern documents to prove your points.)
Are there differences between the documents produced during the Enlightenment and these modern documents?
If so, what are they?
What implications of the ideals of the Enlightenment did the original proponents of those ideas fail to realize? Why?
What limits modern people from fully grasping the impact of the ideas of the Enlightenment?
Again, note that to answer this question you first have to identify the ideals of the Enlightenment and then move on to discuss how the men of the Enlightenment failed to fully implement their own beliefs.
Then move on to talk about how this failure to fully implement the ideals of the Enlightenment has been part of the history of Europe and/or the US.
If the original thinkers could not see past their prejudices, in what way do our prejudices keep us from fully implementing notions of equality, freedom, and tolerance?
What do you think future generations will point out as our "blind spots"?
And what can we do to get past our own blind spots to more fully embrace Enlightenment notions?
According to the Enlightenment, each human being has certain inalienable rights – specifically, the right to not be tortured, to not be imprisoned without the opportunity to defend oneself, to not be denied food or basic necessities, etc. One contemporary debate that strikes to the heart of the debate over the full meaning of the Enlightenment is the question of whether immigrants (illegal) have human rights.
What are the basic rights that the Enlightenment thinkers believed belonged to human beings? Be specific both in terms of rights and names of thinkers.
How should the ideals of the Enlightenment inform our discussion about this important issue?
Note that to answer this question you first have to identify the ideals of the Enlightenment and then move on to discuss how these ideals should inform our treatment of immigrants, accused criminals, etc.
*REMEMBER this requirement from the Syllabus: Post utilizes scholarly research and/or statistical data to back up claims about the present and its connection to the past. Citation information is included.
Machiavelli`s view on the rights of immigrants Your Name October 28, 2016 Your Institution of Affiliation In Niccolo Machiavelli`s The Prince, one can see that the main focus of the work is how to gain power, maximize, and maintain it rather than how to respect each citizen`s rights. This is because during those times the concept of â€œhuman rightsâ€ is just starting to gain momentum.