Assume the persona of a famous figure of the Enlightenment and defend that figure’s preeminence as the pivotal personality of the era in an open debate. There will be no duplication of persona. Choice of identity will be made according to random order of students.
Open Meet and Greet (5 points for 4 Philosophers – total = 20 points
Biographical Sketch Answers (10 points)
Written response ( 15 points)
Self-Evaluation (10 Points)
Total: _______________/75 Points
Content: The project will consist of the following:
Tag/Shirt/Place mark/Poster Including:
Character’s name with dates of birth, death and country of origin.
Write a quote from your character underneath your name. You should be able to discuss this quote’s meaning and how ti relates to your philosophy.
You should draw a representative picture that represents something important to you and your life’s work as a philosophe.
If room, the rest of it should have representative words, ideas, quote etc. that show your points of view form your major philosophical works.
Biographical Sketch of your character – outline form is acceptable:
Who are you?
Where are you from?
What are some of your major works and accomplishment?
Most important, what sort of contribution are you making to the progress of mankind?
Which 17th century figure do you admire most – Locke, Descartes, Spinoza, Pierre Bayle, or Newton? Why? Justify your answer?
What are some ways that you may have gotten around censorship? (Or have you been in trouble with the law for what you’ve published. Go ahead, you can tell me…).
Is it important to travel and see other places in the world? Why?
Is organized religion good or bad for mankind? Are some organized religions better or worse than others? Explain your answer. Where did the Bible come from?
Is there a God? If so, what is he/she like?
Is there a form of government that is best for all people? If so what is it?
What sort of person should rule people? Why?
Are all people created equal?
What can be done to promote Human Progress?
What sort of art and music do you like? What are your favorite books and authors?
Discussion Research Topic: What is the ideal society? How will we achieve it? (Please give an in depth and detailed response - 1 page max)
Introduce yourself with the information from your biography. Discuss your significance to the Enlightenment. Another possible option: Discuss your quote and its meaning.
Fact Finding Mission: Open debate will proceed with the decorum befitting a meeting of philosophers – timeframe should be 20 - 30 minutes, time permitting) You are to mingle with at least four guests today. You must obtain this information and write it below.
Fact Finding Mission – 25 Points
You are to mingle with at least five guests today. You must obtain this information and write it below.
Name of Philosophe ___________________________
Major publication of this philosophe and what it was about: