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Human Life and Fire
Human Life and Fire
Human Life and Fire The world is full of powerful forces. There are forces that effect the entire society and there are forces that only effect a select part of it. One of the most powerful forces of nature is fire. Fire is constantly present in today\'s society. Whether it be by staying warm or the destruction of private memories and property, fire is an ongoing influence in society. Due to this fact, it is possible to compare fire and life in general. Fire begins with an idea of a spark. Then
Long Distance Relationship and How To Make It Work
Long Distance Relationship and How To Make It Work
Long Distance Relationship and How To Make It Work Dear Love Lady, I have a love problem and I don\'t know what to do. I am a freshman in college and so is my boyfriend. We have been together since our senior year in high school, and we are very much in love. But, since we\'ve been at college, we have developed a problem. We don\'t see each other from month to month. You see, we go to colleges in completely different states. We have always lived on the same street, but now we are so far apart. I
Loving in Truth: Creating a Society of Living in H
Loving in Truth: Creating a Society of Living in H
Loving in Truth: Creating a Society of Living in Harmony in the 21st Century In the course of one\'s existence, one is constantly striving to achieve the pinnacle of their abilities, a certain excellence within themselves, and a balance between themselves and their society. Unfortunately, as we near the end of the millenium, society is failing to provide us with the appropriate means in order to realize that goal. So as we prepare for the next century, we must recognize that there are many probl
Machiavelli
Machiavelli
Machiavelli Machiavelli\'s views revolved around the ideas that one must do anything within his (Machiavelli did not refer to ‘her\') power to keep the influence and power that he has attained. For him, anything that must be done in order not to lose the influence and the power that one has should be done without question. The ends justifies the means, he said. The power of one that rules must be kept by keeping the people in constant fear. Without the fear in the people, the trust that they h
The Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx and Frederic
The Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx and Frederic
The Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx and Frederick Engels In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels present their view of human nature and the effect that the economic system and economic factors have on it. Marx and Engels discuss human nature in the context of the economic factors which they see as driving history. Freud, in Civilization and Its Discontents, explores human nature through his psychological view of the human mind. Marx states that history ...is the history of
Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin Maxine Kumin, who experienced many different views of the world through travel, feels the most comfortable in New Hampshire, her rural home. In any area that she travels, she always makes a similarity to her home, as expressed in her poems. In her poem, “The Long Approach”, she is driving in her Saab hatchback from Scranton to her farm in New Hampshire. She also discusses her plane ride back from Orlando to New Hampshire the week before. Throughout the poem she makes references back
Descartes' Meditations
Descartes' Meditations
Descartes\' Meditations Descartes overall objective in the Meditations is to question knowledge. To explore such metaphysical issues as the existence of God and the separation of mind and body, it was important for him to distinguish what we can know as truth. He believed that reason as opposed to experience was the source for discovering what is of absolute certainty. In my explication, I will examine meditation two in order to discover why knowledge was so important to Descartes. Meditation On
Consciousness, the Self, and Personality Theory: A
Consciousness, the Self, and Personality Theory: A
Consciousness, the Self, and Personality Theory: A Critical Survey of Theories of Philosophical Arguments and Modern Psychological Personality Theories. This paper will concern itself with some main philosophical arguments and dilemmas and how they correlate with modern psychological personality theories. This survey will include dilemmas about the mind and body, the concept of the self, and inner and outer reality. Also, it will discuss six personality theorists and their scientific and philoso
Mill's Utilitarianism: Sacrifice the Innocent For
Mill's Utilitarianism: Sacrifice the Innocent For
Mill\'s Utilitarianism: Sacrifice the Innocent For The Common Good? When faced with a moral dilemma, utilitarianism identifies the appropriate considerations, but offers no realistic way to gather the necessary information to make the required calculations. This lack of information is a problem both in evaluating the welfare issues and in evaluating the consequentialist issues which utilitarianism requires be weighed when making moral decisions. Utilitarianism attempts to solve both of these dif
John Locke and John Stuart Mill's Definition of Fr
John Locke and John Stuart Mill's Definition of Fr
John Locke and John Stuart Mill\'s Definition of Freedom John Locke believes that man ought to have more freedom in political society than John Stuart Mill does. John Locke\'s The Second Treatise of Government and John Stuart Mill\'s On Liberty are influential and potent literary works which while outlining the conceptual framework of each thinkers ideal state present two divergent visions of the very nature of man and his freedom. John Locke and John Stuart Mill have different views regarding h
Morality
Morality
Morality Moral philosophy is very important to the success of an individual. But, before I tell you why moral philosophy is so important, and how it has helped me in my life, let me give you a little background knowledge. Rational knowledge has two components. These components are material and formal. Formal knowledge is not object oriented, and is based on reason. Formal knowledge is logic, or the laws of thought. Material knowledge is object oriented, and has two components. These two componen
Morality: The Pre-existing and Universal Code
Morality: The Pre-existing and Universal Code
Morality: The Pre-existing and Universal Code Morality: A doctrine or system of moral conduct; particular moral principles or rule of conduct. To say that modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one\'s age is to suggest that human morality changes with the passing of time. This statement is just unacceptable. Morality is not something of a fad. It should not go through trends like clothes or popular music, morality is the foundation in which our society is embedded in, a foundation
My Philosophical Approach to Counseling
My Philosophical Approach to Counseling
My Philosophical Approach to Counseling Definition of Existential Therapy One survey taken by Corey suggests a definition of Existential Therapy include two key elements: Existential Therapy is essentially an approach to counseling and therapy rather than a firm theoretical model, it stresses core human conditions. Normally, personality development is based on the uniqueness of each individual. Sense of self develops from infancy. Self determination and a tendency toward growth are control ideas
My Personal Search for a Meaningful Existence
My Personal Search for a Meaningful Existence
My Personal Search for a Meaningful Existence I am the representative embodiment of my nihilistic culture. I am narcissistic, insatiable, petty, apathetic and I am above all an emotional invalid. Yet, up until very recently, I was not consciously aware that I was guilty of having any of these wholly pejorative attributes, because I had unconsciously suppressed my inherent will to attain a meaningful existence, in favor of the comfort and security that complacency and futility provide. There exis
Nurture Plus Nature
Nurture Plus Nature
Nurture Plus Nature Raegan Robb Psych101 Dec.9th 1996 The classic debated topic of nurture versus nature has been, and always will be an argumentative subject in the scientific world. Some psychologists and scientists share the view that our behavioral aspects originate only from the environmental factors of our upbringing. While other opposing specialists argue the outlook in science that agrees with the naturalist idea. This concept of naturalistic ideas supports the hereditary genetic framewo
Nature vs. Nurture
Nature vs. Nurture
Nature vs. Nurture The dubious history of the heredity environment controversy can be easily traced as far back as the start of the present century with at least some historical evidence placing the roots of this dispute in the time of John Locke. This controversy has continued despite continual reiteration that the critical question is not how much of a trait is due to heredity and how much is due to environment, but rather how environment transact to influence development.” ( Wachs , 1983, p.
Poet's Use of Mockery As Diction in Poem
Poet's Use of Mockery As Diction in Poem
Poet\'s Use of Mockery As Diction in Poem Tom Dinkel The poet\'s use of mockery as diction conveys his disillusioned attitude toward the men that plan the battles without actually fighting in them. Using the words “If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath,” to describe the majors allows the reader to picture the majors as old, fat, out of shape men that spend their days “guzzling and gulping in the best hotel” safe from any danger. Fierce, bald and short of breath give the reader a negati
The Threat of Death
The Threat of Death
The Threat of Death As the war on crime continues, two truths hold steady: eliminating all crime is impossible, and controlling it is a must. The main weapon used to control crime in this war is deterrence. The government\'s deterrent for committing murder is the death penalty. The fear of death will not deter every person who contemplates murder from doing it. Whether it is for religious reasons and the hope of salvation or something else, stopping some people is not possible (Cohen 48). The in
Novelty Never Lasts
Novelty Never Lasts
Novelty Never Lasts One thing I have recently begun to learn in life is that the novelty of anything, given a little bit of time, no matter how fascinating or unusual it was at first, usually wears off quicker than one would prefer. I have found this to apply to nearly everything I have experienced in my life, and a frightening term comes to mind. jaded. At least it should be frightening to a mere seventeen year old, with so much left to do in life. I am more than confident that this is just a
Predestined Fate of Oedipus
Predestined Fate of Oedipus
Predestined Fate of Oedipus In ancient Greek society they believed that ones life is predestined and that ones fate is sealed. What is meant to occur will happen no matter what that person does. In Oedipus Rex Oedipus\' fate is doomed from his birth because of the actions of his ancestors. Unlike Oedipus most people today don\'t believe in predestined fate. People can be all they want to be regardless of their background or the circumstances of their lives. However some people don\'t realize t
Aristotle's Concept of Teleology
Aristotle's Concept of Teleology
Aristotle\'s Concept of Teleology In his Physics, Aristotle examines the theories and ideas regarding nature of his predecessors and then, based upon his own ideas, theories and experiments, argues against what he believes are incorrect conclusions. One idea that Aristotle argues specifically is teleology. Teleology is the idea that natural phenomena are determined not only by mechanical causes but by an overall design or purpose in nature. In this essay, I will examine what Aristotle\'s concept
Oran: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Oran: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Oran: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Oran, peaceful and unprepared, is overcome by Bubonic plague. Separation, isolation and indigence become the common lot of distinct characters whose actions, thoughts and feelings constitute a dynamic story of man imprisoned. Prior to the closing, people went about their business as usual, almost oblivious to the plague. When Oran was shut off from the world, its residents had to adapt to the new conditions of life. Men reacted to the terrible visitation in
What Is Orientalism?
What Is Orientalism?
What Is Orientalism? Said made a clear analogy between orientalism and colonialism. They are both set with the same binary opposition. white/ non white occidental/ non occidental In a very detailed and structured study of the orient (behavior, habit, tradition ...) we document a large amount of fact and data. All compile in a general study they produce the illusion of a well understood and objectively constructed knowledge. These are, in fact, mere observations and purely subjective entities (se
Originality of Philosophy
Originality of Philosophy
Originality of Philosophy Feb.25.1997 What is philosophy? What does a philosopher really do? Questions like these can be answered in a review of Philosophy Now. What can possibly be answered.....questions which have them. And what is it that philosophers study? Generally, most philosophers study questions in which there is no rational or justifiable answer. And the type of articles in the magazine are very interesting because they elighten the reader to question the answers. Some of the articles
Panopticon: The Ideal Social Order
Panopticon: The Ideal Social Order
Panopticon: The Ideal Social Order Chris Carlson English 1-53 The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogenous effects of power. Panopticism is a style of controlling the individual and making him conform to the system. That system could refer to the police or the world as a whole. There is never a definite top position, therefore, everyone feels as if they are being monitored by someone else. It is for this reason that this disciplinary
Hands: Paranoia
Hands: Paranoia
Hands: Paranoia Pierce English 102 b Jan. 28, 1997 It seems that in all three of these works there is a sense of paranoia. In Hands a man is fearful of what might happen if he continues to do as he has done in the past, touch people. A terrible fear of what a small touch could lead to. In the story Eveline a young woman is confused about what to do with her life. Whether to go with a man she thinks she loves or stay with her father. In the poem Summer Solstice, New York City This man is ma
Personal Identity
Personal Identity
Personal Identity 8th March, 1997 Dear Diary Today in class we had a brief discussion of what personal identity is. I didn\'t get a chance to speak out my thoughts and opinions so I felt like to share it with you. Personal identity is what I see myself as, positively or negatively. It could be argued but most people think they are at what called the Good side even though he is a brutal killer. Word from a retired warden. Over 80% of the prisoners ready to be executed still believes they are in
I Believe: A Code of Ethics
I Believe: A Code of Ethics
I Believe: A Code of Ethics by PHIL 301 Fall Semester, 1996 I believe in the power of Mind... I believe pitchers should bat... I believe Oswald was a patsy... I believe everything is a conspiracy... I believe that people are responsible for their own actions... I believe that The Who is the greatest rock band of all time... I believe in tolerance... I believe in capitalism... I believe we are who we want to be... I believe in choice... I believe in love... I believe that Bert and Ernie are telev
Personal Identity
Personal Identity
Personal Identity Personal Identity can be broken down into three areas: 1.) Body 2.) Memory and 3.) Soul. In John Perry\'s A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality these composing aspects of personal identity are discussed at length. In the reading and class discussions the body was defined clearly as a part of one\'s person, even alluded to at times as a prison in which one cannot escape until one dies. Memory and one\'s Soul seemed to be lumped together many times, understandably s
Personal Identity: Philosophical Views
Personal Identity: Philosophical Views
Personal Identity: Philosophical Views Tim V Kolton Alan Watts once said, Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. The task of personal identity is to define a quality of a human which makes him or her a unique self. The person whose identity is in question must realize themselves, and other people must identify this person. In other words, what makes John unique from Bob? One must consider both internal (mind) and external (body) perspectives. There are several general
Persuasive Essay: Overpopulation
Persuasive Essay: Overpopulation
Persuasive Essay: Overpopulation Overpopulation is becoming one of the most preeminent problems facing human civilization. This complicated, pervasive issue will come to be a problem of the utmost importance for people of all races, religions, and nationalities. Our planet now provides for approximately 5.8 billion people, with projections of around 10 billion by the year 2050. Two billion of these are extremely poor, the poorest of which live in absolute poverty and misery. One very serious eff
Phaedo
Phaedo
Phaedo Philosophy is a vast field. It examines and probes many different fields. Virtue, morality, immortality, death, and the difference between the psyche (soul) and the soma (body) are just a few of the many different topics which can be covered under the umbrella of philosophy. Philosophers are supposed to be experts on all these subjects. The have well thought out opinions, and they are very learned people. Among the most revered philosophers of all time was Socrates. Living around the 5th
Philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle The philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle had different points of-view but they were also similar in some ways. For example, all three philosophers had their own thoughts on the subject of justice and government. Socrates belief on this matter was that democracy was an unwise form of government. He thought that the electing of the people was unfair justice. Plato had some of the same beliefs. He believed that government should only have rul
Does Plato Believe There Can Ever Be A Just Societ
Does Plato Believe There Can Ever Be A Just Societ
Does Plato Believe There Can Ever Be A Just Society? In answering this question I first need to describe what a just society would consist of. A perfect state can only be lead under perfect conditions. Civil Society would be a better name for this state. A just state would be made up of three parts. First, a state is a structure with parts that work together like an organism. If the parts do not work well together then the whole thing breaks down. It must have virtues, voices, it can be wise and
Socrates and Maintaining a Harmony What is Right a
Socrates and Maintaining a Harmony What is Right a
Socrates and Maintaining a Harmony What is Right and Expression of Opinions Socrates has thoroughly justified his own decision to obey the opinions of the majority and serve out the sentence that his own city has deemed appropriate for his crimes. At the beginning of this piece, Socrates has presented a period of questions and answers through dialogue with Crito. Throughout the dialogue Socrates is explaining his reasoning for not running from the government. Crito does not understand the madnes
Atirtotle's Politics
Atirtotle's Politics
Atirtotle\'s Politics Aristotle\'s Politics is a timeless examination of government structure and human nature that explains his ideas on how a utopian state can be achieved. In this work, Aristotle examines ubiquitous issues such as government structure, education, crime, property ownership, the honesty of occupations, and population control. He states in Book IV, Chapter Eleven …the best form of political association is one where power is vested in the middle class, and secondly, that good go
Seeking Pleasure and Agression Is Part of Human In
Seeking Pleasure and Agression Is Part of Human In
Seeking Pleasure and Agression Is Part of Human Instinct Name: Mohamed Fakhry A.Wahab Based on Freud concepts of pleasure and aggression, discuses Hay Ibn Yaqzan and The Island of Animals It is said to be that seeking pleasure and aggression are a part of our human Instinct. We seek pleasure to shorten the time of our unhappiness. We live in a constant struggle to be always happy, and we use all the ways that take us to happiness. Aggression, on the otherhand, is a part of our human nature, whic
Presuppositions of The Game Theory
Presuppositions of The Game Theory
Presuppositions of The Game Theory Soloman believes that as the game theory gets more sophisticated, we tend to lose sight of the problem rather than solve it. He sees the problem as how to get people to think about business and about themselves in an Aristotelian rather than a neo-Hobbesian (or even a Rawlsian) way, which the game theoretical models simply presuppose. Soloman discusses seven presuppositions in the first section of his Ethics & Excellence book. They are: rationality and pruden
Procrastination
Procrastination
Procrastination Jeremy Simmons 3rd hour Procrastination is a universal everyday phenomenon that can seem little more than clich‚, a small-talk joke or boast or complaint; we all do it, after all. Yet a newly reported survey of students at a large urban university in the U. S. is probably typical in that a majority (52%) of the students claimed a high or moderate need for assistance with regard to procrastination which is more than any other area of concern (www.info.wlu.ca). There are a great ma
Protection From Abuse and Neglect
Protection From Abuse and Neglect
Protection From Abuse and Neglect I have recently been elected in a new statewide project in Minnesota to create and provide leadership in a small scale voluntary association for children . The focus of the small scale association is based on the United Nations General Assembly that adopted a Convention on the rights of the Child. It is a program to provide information and knowledge on the substantive right for Protection from abuse and neglect designed specifically for children. The right sta
Psychological Egoism: Every Person Is Oriented Tow
Psychological Egoism: Every Person Is Oriented Tow
Psychological Egoism: Every Person Is Oriented Towards His (or her) Own Welfare, and The Object of Every One of His Voluntary Actions Is Some Good To Himself Janan Savage Ethics Due 4/7/97 Psychological egoism is a reflex that every person has to orient themselves toward their own welfare. Through this, it follows that every one of his (or her) voluntary actions is some good to himself. If someone gives away the last piece of bread to someone else, it is because they want to look like a better p
Reality Is Perception
Reality Is Perception
Reality Is Perception Human reality is full of physical objects but how humans perceive these objects is completely objective, depending on the person and there senses. Perception of physical objects cannot occur without other objects that allow one to perceive these manifestations in the first place. When a sentient being acknowledges that they exist in a world of physical objects, they also confirm that their sense perception functions to an extent which allows them to reason, even to a smal
Infinity
Infinity
Infinity There is only one being, continuous, material, and motionless. Let\'s take a moment to examine a number line. ----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----> 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 It\'s pretty simple to understand. The line represents a distance, and the | characters symbolize different points on the line-the exact points are differentiated by the number below them. Any number line is understood to have contain points which aren\'t necess
Reincarnation
Reincarnation
Reincarnation written by: Sivan Kaplan grade: 10th score: 90% date: 16/2/97 Reincarnation is the belief that after death, one\'s soul keeps existing and is reborn another person or animal. It keeps reborning until it redeems itself. Then it returns to the temple of god, which the Buddhists call Nirvana - eternal tranquillity. Two of the many ancient tribes who believed in reincarnation are the Greeks and the Egyptians. Karma, the belief that our actions determine our future, is one of the foun
Reincarnation
Reincarnation
Reincarnation A weird idea of much interest is that of reincarnation. What is reincarnation? Some say it\'s the fact that a person\'s soul lives without a body and throughout the years possesses different bodies. Is this true or is reincarnation the result of a mentally unstable person\'s vivid imagination or even the result of cryptomnesia, when a person takes something they have heard or seen, forgets about ever hearing or seeing it and then remembers the event(s) as happening in another life.
Relativism: The Tangible Theory
Relativism: The Tangible Theory
Relativism: The Tangible Theory Since the beginning of rational thought, philosophers have searched for the true meaning of morality. Many theorists have attempted to answer this question with reasoning, in an attempt to find a universal set of rules, or a way to distinguish right from wrong. Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moral standard, while others debate if there can be a single solution. Cultural Relativism explores the idea that there can be no one m
Senseless: A False Sense of Perception
Senseless: A False Sense of Perception
Senseless: A False Sense of Perception I feel as though I have no choice but to be a skeptic about our ability to know the world on the sense experience given the information that is being presented. Our senses are touching, hearing, smelling and tasting, I believe it is quite possible that a person could think they see, touch, and smell something such as a glass of bear but there be no glass of beer present, therefore their perception of this glass of beer is false. There is a good possibility
Separation or Assimilation?
Separation or Assimilation?
Separation or Assimilation? Our country, The United States of America, was essentially founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through solidarity of human kind. In Bernard R. Boxill\'s article, Separation or Assimilation, he fundamentally poses the Hamletesque question: to assimilate or not to assimilate. Subsequent to the dilemma of some black cultural nationalists, whom not only argue for assimilation of the black American populace, but also believe that this
Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes of the Past
Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes of the Past
Siddhartha: Overcoming Misfortunes of the Past On page 132 we read Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone. What does this mean in regards to Siddhartha and any other of the characters in Hesse\'s story? Do you agree with this statement? Explain. This quote is taken from the context of when Siddhartha is crossing the river and he sees his reflection and it looks like his father. This quote refers to a repeating of events.
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud, an Austrian born during the Habsburg Monarchy, was one of the trailblazers of modern-day psychology. The american historiam william johnston sees freud, the father of psychoanalysis, among those personalities that one made austria a shining example of modernism in a world that had lost orientation. In his function as a neuropathologist freud came to realize that he had no clear understanding of neurotic patterns despite his throrough studies of the human brain. Fro