Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy Faculty of Humanities and Education University of the West Indies Mona Campus Semester II 2005-2006 Session PH30F – American Philosophy Tutorial and Essay Questions 1. Carefully examine the philosophical foundations and importance of Puritanism for American culture, politic and philosophy. 2. Critically discuss the cultural and philosophical foundations of the American Revolution. What are the major implications of the American Revolution for human intellectual history and cultural heritage of humanity? 3. Those who most preach equality, freedom, reason, humanity of humans are, paradoxically, the most guilty of the worst form of human inhumanity to other humans. In the light of American belief in individualism, carefully examine the above position expressed by Orlando Patterson in Slavery and Social Death. 4. Carefully examine American intellectual attempts to deal with slavery. 5. Critically discuss transcendentalism in American philosophy. 6. Critically examine the epistemological and methodological foundations of Pragmatism as American contribution to philosophy. 7. Carefully discuss Pragmatism as American political philosophy of action and governance. 8. Critically examine the works of two great African-American contributors to philosophy. 9. Carefully discuss the place of American culture in the development of feminism and feminist philosophy. 10. Give a careful examination of the cultural and philosophical foundations of “The American way”!