Six Degrees of the Enlightenment




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Six Degrees of the Enlightenment





Many of you have heard of Kevin Bacon. He

is most famous for his role as the lead character in the

movie version of “Footloose.” His involvement in

over 50 films and plays has spawned a game named

in his honor: “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

The game is very simple and based on the

belief that there isn’t an actor in any movie that

cannot be traced back to Kevin Bacon through six

people or fewer. For example, connect Kevin Bacon to

Pierce Brosnan (James Bond). All you have to do is link actors together by the movies they costar in. Say Pierce Brosnan and Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Robin Williams and John Lithgow in "The World According to Garp." John Lithgow and Kevin Bacon in "Footloose." (This is a score of a “3” because the connection was made with a total of 3 people).

Your project will be to play “Six degrees of the Enlightenment.” (Try to hold back your enthusiasm!) This will be done in pairs or threes. Your group will pick an important European figure from 1940-2007 period and connect him/her to a major Enlightenment thinker. Each step of the way, you must explain the connection, influence, and relationship that they had to one another, as well as explain each individual’s importance and contributions to European society. The connections must be real and not superficial!


This will take quite a bit to thinking on your part to come up with the connections and to show that they are truly connected. Each person must CLEARLY have been influenced by the earlier individual’s work.


Example of what is NOT good enough:

Adolf Hitler was influenced by Hobbes because Hobbes wanted a strong, absolute leader to rule a country.


Example of what is good: (taken from a time period outside of this assignment): Connect Philip II of Spain to Thomas More through their religious beliefs. Connect Philip II to Bloody Mary to King Henry VIII to Thomas More. Of course, your explanation will not be non-existent as this one is.


You will be required to do the following things for your 30 point grade.

  1. You must turn in a 1-2 page typed paper detailing your group’s “findings” (12 pt., Times New Roman, single-spaced, ONE inch margins). (20)

  2. You must present your “findings” to the class by making a flow chart of the connections and making an oral presentation of your paper (3-5 minutes should be sufficient). (10)


Your grade will be based on:

  1. the historic accuracy of both the paper and presentation

  2. the creativity in both the paper and presentation

  3. correct grammar and spelling—no errors!

  4. the ability to hold our attention during your presentation

  5. how in-depth and interesting your connections are. Try for more than 3 degrees!

  6. understanding the nuances of historic influence and cause/effect


Due Date: Monday June 9, 2008.

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