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Hey, I got a fun game.

Just got the essay prompts for my History of Golden Age Spain class (300 level) at the University of Washington. I'm interested in what /his/ thinks on the topic and since its final season for all the quarter-based universities, why not post final prompts, discuss, and compare?

Here is one of the prompts,

"Consider the rise and fall of Spain during the period covered in this course (about 1400's to late 1600's). How would you account for the successes/failures of Spain in the Golden Age? Should we speak in terms of success and failures, or rise and fall? How did early modern critics assess this same issue, and what do their responses have to say about Spanish culture and society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Your answer may invoke modern/contemporary scholars writing on Spain, yet it should also engage directly with the historical conditions of the Golden Age (a successful essay, in other words, should be both historical and historiographic).
I'm thinking about talking about generally the Spanish of the Golden Age framed their history through what I call "Hero Culture" and how up until like the 70's modern historians have had problems escaping the Romanticism of the Empire.
Any comments or insights would be appreciated, but I'm not trying to start a "Write my Essay for me Thread."
Also, post magnificent Spanish beards.
Here is one for my introduction to Philosophy course. I have to write as much as I can.

1. Describe Aquinas view of the mind and compare it to Rene Descartes, which do you find more believable?

2. How does Kant resolve the skeptical problem of Hume?

3. What is the good life for the skeptics and Epicureans?

4. What is the phenomena and noumena in Kant?
From what I can tell, a lot of Spanish history has been focused on the heros and the royalty, like El Cid, Isabella and Ferdianand, and Charles IV. I mean, thats what you always get when you have monarchies, but it seems like Spain has a particular case of the "justified monarch".
fuck off
I've got no knowledge of Philosophy, sorry. Any of them have cool beards?

Descartes looks like a sleezy porn dude. Epicurus and Sextus Empiricus did.
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Here is Sextus Empiricus with his beard. Kinda gross looking desu
Hot fucking damn.
Thats one thing I haven't learned much about in this course, Spanish philosophers.
>inb4 thats because they were too busy writting plays and murdering Aztecs
Our prof did mention a few. He discussed it when discussing how philosophy changed with the discovery of the Americas. It is a historical survey so he may mention more. He said there plays have a lot to do with their view of ethics too.

He mentioned Francisco Suárez. He also mentioned Alonso de la Veracruz who was first published philsopher from the New World. He also pointed out that after a while they used a Mexican Logician, Antonio Rubios, work in the Baroque period. He said the Mexican philosopher Juana Inés de la Cruz had a similiar effect but not with logic.
Knowing the cultural context of the Reconquista, a lot of Spaniards thought of philosophy as bitch work until like the 1500's. They had the same fetish for Greek philosophy that all of Europe had back then, but that was mainly because of the romantic aspects of it. Spain was literally the most Catholic place (fuck, even more so than Rome) and because of that I know they really shied away from philosophy back on the Iberian Peninsula.
What you said makes perfect sense. He did not quite give too much background.
He mentioned that they developed the scholastic method further. He traced there version to Peter Abelard and Aquinas's modifications to John of Damascus.
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For a really long time all of their scholastic work lived in the shadow of Italy, they never truly pulled out ahead of anybody when it came to universities (other than fantastic funding). What can be said is that Spain did have a leading figure in the Humanist movement, Antonio de Nebrija, but I would say thats a gateway to philosophy, not philosophy itself.
I will have to look into him. He sounds interesting. That sounds like the later philosopher Baltasar Gracián. We have not progressed that far but I have read his aphorisms.

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