Week 8 Paper Topic (Group B)

Submitted by bowcuttf on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 8:21am.

Choose from two prompts: 

1. Jacob describes the moral aspirations of many of the leaders of the Scientific Revolution. If we are to believe Brockway, the scientific revolution did not benefit all people equally. Who benefited and why?

2. How did medieval and early modern cultural values plant the seeds for the kinds of relations with plants and British colonies described by Brockway? You might consider human relations with gardens and farming described in fall readings and Merchant's Death of Nature. Consider whether Francis Bacon's writings created a model for Kew Garden. To what extent did Kew Garden depart from his vision. What forces might account for this departure?