Plato[ edit ] Both Plato and Aristotle saw in mimesis the representation of natureincluding human nature, as reflected in the dramas of the period.
So we made a thoroughfare for Freedom and her train, Sixty miles in latitude, three hundred to the main; Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain, While we were marching through Georgia. We bring the jubilee! The Flag that makes you free!
One of the most conspicuous of morally charged terms of political condemnation, and certainly the most explosive in its dimension for political passion and even civil violence, is "racism. This case against racism seems so strong that its form gets borrowed to characterize parallel conceptions of moral and political evils like "sexism," "classism," and "homophobia.
If racism at root is just the belief that some races or groups of humans are genetically and intrinsically less able i. If the moral law is that we must allow the free exercise of the innocent, competent will of others in regard to their own interests, then it is perfectly possible that someone with racist beliefs might actually follow this rule and even have the best of intentions.
We might even say that at one time, if not even now, that kind of thing was rather common: They thought of Africans as the practical and moral equivalent of children -- which actually added to their outrage and their anguish since mistreating children the incompetent is more morally culpable than mistreating competent adults.
We cannot hold the Abolitionists morally liable for not holding the "right beliefs" about race, unless we believe that such right beliefs are so obvious that only a kind of intellectual negligence could be the cause of their believing them.
Looking at the received knowledge of the age, however, it would be surprising if they believed anything else. As Stephen Jay Gould saysabout the ridicule often heaped upon Bishop James Ussher for his determination from Biblical chronology that the world was created in BC, "The proper criterion must be worthiness by honorable standards of one's own time Models of inevitable progress, whether for the parorama of life or the history of ideas, are the enemy of sympathetic understanding, for they excoriate the past merely for being old and therefore primitive and benighted " [Stephen Jay Gould, "Fall in the House of Ussher," Eight Little Piggies, Reflections in Natural Hisory, W.
We don't have to be too "sympathetic" with ideas that we now associate with terror and genocide, [ 2 ] but self-righteousness today is not a virtue in relation to a period when many things seemed different.
Hume's views are a good indication of the opinion of the age among informed men. In a essay, "Of National Characters," he says: I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites.
There scarcely ever was a civilized nation of that complexion, nor even any individual, eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious manufactures amongst them, no arts, no sciences. On the other hand, the most rude and barbarous of the Whites, such as the ancient Germans, the present Tartars, have still something eminent about them, in their valour, form of government, or some other particular.
Such a uniform and constant difference could not happen, in so many countries and ages, if nature had not made an original distinction between these breeds of men. Not to mention our colonies, there are Negro slaves dispersed all over Europe, of whom none ever discovered any symptoms of ingenuity; though low people, without education, will start up amongst us, and distinguish themselves in every profession.
If we expect Hume to have known better, we must ask what information he can have had. We cannot just say that he should have assumed, as a moral axiom, that everyone is the same. There is no reason why Hume, or anyone else, should ever make such assumptions.
That is not a question of morals, but of facts. And if we think differently, it should be because we are better informed. In contrast to Hume, however, we may consider Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was very concerned with this issue, since he advocated the emancipation of black slaves.
In the end Jefferson by no means disagreed with Hume, but he seems far less certain about it. He carefully considers all the evidence known to him in his Notes on Virginia and, after arguing that there is no evidence of the moral inferiority of blacks rather different from more recent racismthen concludes: The opinion that they are inferior in the faculties of reason and imagination, must be hazarded with great diffidence.
To justify a general conclusion, requires many observations, even where the subject may be submitted to the anatomical knife, to optical glasses, or analysis by fire or by solvents. How much more then where it is a faculty, not a substance, we are examining; where it eludes the research of all the senses; where the conditions of its existence are various and variously combined; where the effects of those which are present or absent bid defiance to calculation; let me add too, as a circumstance of great tenderness, where our conclusion would degrade a whole race of men from the rank in the scale of beings which their Creator may perhaps have given them I advance it, therefore, as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.
It is not against experience to suppose that different species of the same genus, or varieties of the same species, may possess different qualification. It is now odd to note that Jefferson was under the impression that blacks were physically inferior to whites.
That was a rather common belief, even as late as the time of the Olympic triumphs of Jesse Owens, when Adolf Hitler was sure that the Olympics would demonstrate German physical superiority over everyone.
The last thing Hitler expected was for an American Negro to scoop up a bunch of gold medals, and he refused to shake Owens' hand.
Owens later said he wasn't sorry that he didn't get to shake Adolf Hitler's hand; but now it is also said that Hitler didn't shake any non-German's hand. Now, when many people have the impression that in many areas blacks may be physically superior to whites, the old belief seems comical.
Later in life Jefferson was eager to receive such information of black intellectual achievement as would contradict his conclusions [ 3 ]. On the other hand, it is often held against him that he was a hypocrite who continued to own slaves even while he supposedly advocated their emancipation [ 4 ].
But the complication was that Jefferson always believed that whites and blacks, for various reasons including his opinion about their abilities, but also because of the tension created by black memories of indignities and oppressionwould not be able to live peacefully together on grounds of equality.
He thought it would thus be better and happier for all for freed slaves to return to Africa, and his continued holding of slaves was a consequence, at least in part he also had financial problemsof his sense that they could not and should not simply be freed without some provision for their return to Africa.Essay Paper on Two Theories Comparison.
For many years, personality development has puzzled man. Why do people do what they do? Where does personality come from and how does it grow? There are some well-known theories that explain where personality comes from, and why we act the way we do.
There are two very famous theories which were developed. Also, “it starts to look like me and the feminists” should be “looks like I”. And “untitled” doesn’t really make sense.
And if biology is a hard science, it’s on the extreme soft edge of hard sciences. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two competing psychological theories of human behaviour. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two competing psychological theories of human behaviour.
they both believe the importance of a person's childhood experience can affect their adult personality, both theories.
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