Analysis Of Condorcet's Things Fall Apart

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In 1794 a French philosopher and educational reformer named Marquis de Condorcet wrote a book called Sketch of the Progress of the Human Mind. He wrote this book in response to his philosophical ideas during the Enlightenment period. During this period arose many philosophers and idealists that questioned the world based on religion. They began to question ideas based on science and reason instead. Condorcet based his book on the Enlightenment-eras ideals and assumed the world would continue to grow with the new wave of science and reasoning. In his book is an excerpt stating, “will the vast gulf that separate’s these people from the slavery of nations under the rule of monarchs, from the barbarism of Africa tribes, from the ignorance of savages, …show more content…
It is assumed world peace is mutually agreed upon by most, but this reality is simply not in human nature. There are multiple examples throughout history that display the destructive and judgmental behavior of mankind. Even before Condorcet had written his book, there were multiple signs of mutual human hatred. In the book Things Fall Apart, the narrator follows a tribe whose religion and culture were ultimately over run by Christianity from British invaders. The residence of the tribe either joined the ideas of the British or rebelled. Those who rebelled ultimately lost due to the advancements the British had over them. This type of invasion happened continuously throughout history. Including the genocide Europeans committed in America on the natives after leaving Europe. Condorcet believed things would change after the introduction of the Enlightenment era, but sadly he was wrong. I believe due to history it is accurate to conclude mankind has not reached national equality, or equality within nations. And there are multiple examples of these. However, mankind has shown some improvements in humanity which can also be shown throughout history, but it has not erased superstition, prejudices, violence, or oppression. Condorcet has said the world has already gone through the first nine stages, the great epochs of history, and is now in the tenth stage, the epoch of the future. Thus, to start the analysis …show more content…
Time and time again the world has shown the inability to maintain equality. The coming together of different nations has the effect of one of two ways, either the dominate nation kills or pushes the subordinate nation away, or the nation forces the subordinate nation to convert all its ideas to the dominate nation, which both ultimately result in rebellions. There are multiple occurrences throughout history to backup this statement. The main instances of this are the multiple revolutions including the American and Latin. Both these revolutions were inspired by the ideas of the Enlightenment period. The colony members were tired of obeying the dominate British rule and rebelled. America fought Britain for freedom, the British imposed taxes on the colonies to show their dominance, but Britain was too far away to closely control the colony revolt. They ultimately gained it and created the independent federal republic. “The Declaration of Independence drew deep inspiration from Enlightenment political thoughts in justifying the colonies’ quest of independence” (pg. 640). After the American revolution was a snowball effect causing the Latin Revolution. The Latin Revolution was not as simple as the American revolution. The Latins had two powers over them at the time, they had the Spanish and American creoles. The American creoles led rebellions that resulted in the freedom from Spain,

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