Looking at Thomas Reid, pick one component of his philosophy (common sense) and after providing your understanding of the component, explain how it either muddled or improved on the work of one or more earlier British Empiricist.
In the late years of the 19th century the United States had interest in Cuba due to their mass production of sugar, which can account for millions of annual income (Clements, Harbach, 2017). Cuba was a major port for trading, and the prime point of shipping products across the sea to the US. The transportation of coastal shipping can be at fault for the spread of infection. The first yellow fever epidemic in the United States occurred in 1693 in Boston when a ship brought the disease over from the Indies. Despite their port security methods to block infected areas, some ships passed claiming they were sterile. 100 years later, the epidemic made its way to Philadelphia, the former capital of the United States. It was carried over by French refugees who became infected at the slave rebellion in Haiti. Roughly, ten percent of the population died from yellow fever that year. Since there was no known vaccine or cure, many philadelphians fled the city, including President Washington. “In 1878, infected passengers on steamships carrying yellow fever to New Orleans were allowed to disembark without passing through quarantine, and the yellow fever they carried was thought to have touched o the worst epidemic in U.S. history. roughout the summer, yellow fever ravaged the population of New Orleans and spread up the Mississippi Valley as far north as St. Louis, while also moving outward along the railroad lines. Outbreaks of yellow fever occurred in more than 100 cities and towns, over 120,000 people were infected and more than 20,000 died. e economic losses across the region were estimated to amount to $100 million, possibly more” (Clements, Harbach, 2017). Once again trying to regulate the origin of yellow fever, “the U.S. sent a group of experts, the Havana Yellow Fever Commission, to Cuba to determine the sanitary conditions that allowed yellow fever to ourish in Cuban ports and to devise measures that might prevent ships bound for the U.S. from carrying the disease in any way” (Clements, Harbach, 2017). “At the outbreak of the epidemic there was no city Board of Health in existence. The last board had been totally ineffective since it lacked sufficient authority to enforce its rules and regulations, and had been denied support by the city authorities” (Carrigan, 1853). No one was trained enough nor had been exposed to yellow fever enough to understand the specific cause and protection methods. People were left in the dark with the true severity of the infection and well as close by cases. “When informed of the first cases of yellow fever that appear in summer, the newspaper press almost invariably denies the truth of the reports, and, not unfrequently, showers upon the heads of those whose duty it is to pronounce upon the character of the prevailing disease, volumes of abuse and ridicule. If the cases multiply and the sign of the times plainly indiare the approach of an epidemic, the able editors of our valuable daily journals, under what i must pronounce a most erroneous impression of their duty to the public, studiously endeavour to conceal or suppress the true state of affairs” (Fenner, 2008).>GET ANSWER