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Monday, July 6, 2009

WERE THE GREAT ENLIGHTENMENT PHILOSPHERS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE AND AMERICA PC OR NOT?

Today's 1st Buggy Topic

Found, as usual, in a thread left at Economist View --- run in laudable manner by Professor Mark Thoma, an economist at the University of Oregon --- the topic and the buggy commentary on it deal with a different views of the impact of the great English, French, and American thinkers (some German too, toward the end) on a host of issues: above all, democracy, human rights, the status of women, and the status of American Indians and black slaves.  

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Please Note

The intrusive issue of Political Correctness was raised by some left-wing posters --- in a dispute with a couple of libertarians --- over the pc-status of the more important Enlightenment thinkers in Scotland like Adam Smith, David Hume, Adam Ferguson, and Thomas Reid (among others) and elsewhere, especially Jefferson in America.  Prof bug's lengthy commentary --- filled with easily accessible links to the thought of the great Scottish thinkers (Adam Smith holding a post as a Moral Philosopher at Edinburgh University), and to Jefferson and his views of democracy, human rights, women, and that status of American Indians and African slaves --- came after these acrimonious exchanges and willy-nilly deals with them, among other things.