Kant and Shelley on Scientific Progress, Human Progress, Human Peace

Type a 7-page paper (the works-cited list is page 8) in which you explain Immanuel Kant’s definitions of religious progress, scientific progress, and human progress and demonstrate: in her novel Frankenstein, does Mary Shelley adopt or critique the Kantian theory of progress?

Basic Thesis Statements

Kant proposes that in an enlightened society, scientific progress must be guided by human progress, and Mary Shelley, in her novel Frankenstein, dramatizes her agreement with this Kantian proposal.

Kant proposes that in an enlightened society, scientific progress must be guided by human progress, but Mary Shelley, in her novel Frankenstein, dramatizes her disagreement with this Kantian proposal by showing how scientific progress disrupts and defeats human progress.

Paper #1 Outline

  • Page 1, 1st half–Intro + thesis
  • Page 1, 2nd half and pages 2-3: Explain Kant: the logic of RP,  SP, and HP, the logic of Human Peace
    • page 1, 2nd half–explain RP
    • page 2, 1st half–explain SP
    • page 2, 2nd half–explain HP
    • page 3, 1st half–explain Human Peace
  • Pages 4-7: Demonstrate about Frankenstein 
    • Page 3, 2nd half–intro the novel: what is the novel about? who are the main characters? how does the story unfold?
    • Page 4–the opening of the novel (the climate context & SP)
    • Page 5–Victor Frankenstein’s early life & education & his creation of the creature (SP)
    • Page 6–the creature’s education and struggle (HP)
    • Page 7, 1st half–the end of the novel (Human Peace)
  • Page 7, 2nd half–conclusion
  • Page #8–WC list (3 Kant items, 1 Shelley, 1 Wilderson)

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