For this assignment, choose two texts that we have read this semester and discuss the way that they engage with this larger question of who is – and who is not – human

Essay Prompts (Choose ONE)

  • Throughout this class we have discussed where knowledge comes from and who has access to it. Using at least two examples from class (Luther, Galileo, Copernicus, Descartes, etc.), explain how peoples’ perception of knowledge and their access to knowledge changed from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. How did peoples’ access to knowledge change over time? Who had authority over knowledge and how did this change over time?
  • The time periods that we have covered in the class to-date are periods of major technological advancement. Based on the readings, how did changing technology impact how people saw the world? Compare the role of changing technology in readings from at least two different weeks and discuss its influence on each author’s work.
  • One of the main topics that we have discussed so far this semester is the tension between science and religion. For this assignment, choose two texts that we have read this semester and make an argument regarding the relationship between science and religion within the specific work.
  • One of the main themes that we have discussed so far this semester is that of humanity. For this assignment, choose two texts that we have read this semester and discuss the way that they engage with this larger question of who is – and who is not – human. Then, craft an argument regarding the reasons that these authors chose to humanize – or dehumanize – the figures that they did.

Instructions and Criteria
Your essay should be around 1200-1500 words and adhere to all MLA style guidelines. Make sure to address the topic specifically and to use evidence (quotes) from the text you choose as well as contextual evidence from the lectures.

Your essay must be well structured and contain an introductory paragraph with a clearly stated thesis statement. In addition to an introduction and conclusion, your essay must have a MINIMUM of three fully developed paragraphs in the body with evidence supporting the arguments in each paragraph. (4-5pages/1200-1500 words)

Deadline and Essay Submission
Submit your essay as a Word document by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 10. Late submissions will be penalized as indicated in the syllabus.