Topics: Gender, Male, Epistemology Pages: 1 (286 words) Published: January 15, 2013
Condorcet’s optimistic views on the equality of the sexes and of races placed him far in advance of most contemporaries. His thoughts reflected an unswerving faith in human progress. He was very keen on discovery: rather than disseminating the truth by correcting popular errors made by previous clergy members, Condorcet suggests that men should reach an enlightened state by adding to human knowledge. He claims that superstition is the “first victim which ought to be sacrificed”, agreeing with another very famous philosophe, Francis Bacon. He claims that all of mankind should be respected and radically suggests that an equal education should be assessable to all people, disregarding race, gender and sexual orientation. He believes that its foolish to neglect 95% of the population who have been condemned to ignorance because of the status they have been born to. For every respected philosophe found in the aristocracy, there are another ten in the crowd of common people who were never given a chance to advocate or develop their opinions. In this sense, human progress is stunted. Though most philosophers have trouble embracing the entire intrest of man without distinction of country, color, or sect, Condorcet believes that their minds are infinitely perfectible because they are human. Thus, equal instruction would accelerate science. Condorcet also appeals to make a good education available to both sexes, either because it would promote gender equality, or because education cannot become general to men without the concurrence of the mothers of families. He claims that if law estends itself to all of humanity, health will improve—more wholesome food and more comfortable homes would become assessable to a larger magnitude of people, and disease will become less of an issue.
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