Birth of Modern Philosophy and Colonization & Slavery

PROMPT: What is the relationship between (A) ideas associated with the birth of modernity philosophy and (B) the realities of colonization & slavery 1500-1700?

Assume there is a connection. Think of yourself as an investigator trying to figure out how the idea and the reality fit together into a coherent explanation.

Be specific about the connection between (A) an idea and (B) a real-world reality in (C) your explanation.

A. Select a quote from one of the readings for Tuesday (9/8) which refers to an idea associated with one of the births of Modern philosophy. Explain the meaning of the quote in its philosophical context. Why is this idea significant? What philosophical debate as it related to?

B. Select a point made in one of the videos about the experience, causes, or effects of colonization or slavery. Why is this point significant?

C. Connect these two points in a meaningful way in order to answer the main question of this discussion. You are speculating (guessing with a good reason), not stating a fact. Give a reason for the connection/relationship you propose.

DISCUSSIONS: Initial discussion post (25 pts) due Friday at 11:59 pm, and at least three replies (5 pts each) by Sunday at 11:59 pm. Please reply first to group members who have not yet had a reply. (No late submissions). For full credit on your initial discussion post, it should reflect your understanding and quality, focused response to the concepts, issues, and questions covered in the lectures during the week. For full credit on your replies, you must engage the views of others by questioning, challenging, or supporting complete with your rationale for doing so. Discussions will be graded based on quality and depth of engagement: A= 36-40; B=32-35; C=28-31; D=24-27; F= 23 or below.

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