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The Beliefs That Influences How I Make Moral Decisions in My Everyday Life
I do not believe in the traditional Judeo-Christian idea of God, nor the concept of a single (or multiple) deity system that are used in other religions. I do not have a formal religion that I identify or participate with. That being said, I do believe in a sort of ambiguous form of power, unseen by humanity that plays a pa...
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A Personal Critique of Life
Critique of Life Religion is a funny thing. It influences almost every gear and cog of our clockwork society. This obsession, at times unbenounced to the participant, controls even the way we observe humans and weigh their value. Indeed, this element was factual for both my family and the community that so influenced my so...
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The Benefits of the Two Systems of Thinking by Noble Laureate Daniel Kahneman
When reviewing the studies provided by Noble Laureate Daniel Kahneman, it was amazing to learn about his beliefs that there are two “systems” in thinking, and how System 1 is utilized in our thinking and decision making without us even realizing that we have allowed fallacies to influence what we have done (Kahneman, 2012)....
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Comparing the Similarities and Differences in the Theories of Prinz, Kant, and Mills
What Makes A Right Action Right? Can right and wrong be determined by the outcome of an action, or is it something more profound and personal? According to Kant, a right action is always right regardless of the outcome. On the other hand, Prinz believes feelings are powerful and reliable tools for moral judgement that ca...
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The Relationship Between Humans and Non-Humans in We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Intersubjectivity The relationship between humans and non-humans changed dramatically throughout recent history. Theorists Kathryn Shanley and Matthew Calarco argue that human and non-human beings, specifically regarding animal studies and ecocriticism, are more egalitarian than has been accepted in the past. When dealing...
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Distinguishing Philosophy from Religion: The Example of Confucianism
Philosophy is the wanting to understand the natural world in which we live in, studying why things are the way they are, trying to find a deeper understanding of the world around us. The different types of philosophies are some of the basic building blocks of how ourselves and our society think about our life as a whole. Re...
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Lessons About Life and Humanity: Similarity of Themes in Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Think About It Essay and True Nature of Reality
Expository Essay While reading these stories, it was clear the messages that each individual story was trying to convey. Each story in some way correlates with the next because they are all along the same theme. Each story has an underlying theme about human life and prosperity of the individual. Each story also talks ab...
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Principles of Greek Philosophy in the Film Pi
(Pi) is a film which illustrates the principles of Greek philosophy in a subtle, but effective manner. Pi tells the story of a man named Max, a mathematician, trying to find a specific number significant to all natural processes in the world, while connecting the number’s significance to the stock market. Along the way, he...
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The Importance of the Use of Aristotle's Appeal of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in James Baldwin's Letter to His Nephew
In a detailed response, explain how the text type and it’s use of Aristotle's appeal are integral in aiding Baldwins purpose. In James Baldwin's letter to his nephew, written one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin emphasizes on the issue of segregation and the challenge to not earn acceptance from...
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A Critique on Peter Singer's Belief on Moral Obligation
Peter Singer and Moral Obligation Peter Singer believes passionately in a deep-seated moral obligation to help those less fortunate. Some might take exception with his views, and at minimum, consider his perspective to be controversial. Differing points of view on moral obligation are shaped by the broad diversity among pe...
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The Life Philosophy of Living Like a Bubble
Live Like A Bubble There’s no single manner of style on how to live one’s life, but the principal philosophy required to push your life into drive is this: live like a bubble. The simplicity of a bubble is surrounded by its’ prosper from the unfortunate, free spiritedness, practice of honor and ethics, and truthf...
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Various Philosophers' Conceptions on Virtue
Arguably, there is at least some universality in virtuousness, given that, historically, virtues can have objective, explicit meanings. But wherever there is delineation of a virtue’s definition, there lacks a clear explanation of how, when, and why to enact such a virtue in a given situation one may encounter. And though t...
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A Comparison of the Views on Virtuousness of Three Philosophers - Aristotle, Baudelaire, and Sehgal
In discussing man’s virtuousness, two philosophers, Aristotle and Baudelaire, adopt irreconcilable positions. The former advocates for adherence to a mean, to pleasure in moderation, while the latter urges man to adopt a drunken stupor and intensify every aspect of his existence. And though a third thinker, Parul Sehgal, de...
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The Three Claims on the Debate on Free Will Between Libertarianism and Determinism
Libertarianism vs. Determinism In the debate of free will, the two opposing sides, libertarianism and determinism, try to provide strong arguments for their stances. Both sides begin with the three claims that layout the foundation for the debate about free will: 1. There are genuine cases of free will, 2. The world is d...
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The Necessity of Violence in Decolonization in The Wretched of the Earth, a Book by Frantz Fanon
In his book The Wretched of the Earth Fanon makes full use of his being an outsider to teach, as Sartre said, “to beat us [Europeans] at our own game” (p. 10). Fanon stresses the necessity of violence in decolonization, rooted in the true interests of the nation, which will only be realized from the lumpenproletariat. Altho...
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Comparing the Similarities and Differences in the Philosophy of the Ubuntu, the Akon, and the Yoruba from the United States
Is the philosophy of Ubuntu, the Akon, the Yoruba and/or other traditional African religious philosophies in conflict with the individualistic/ materialistic societies of western thought or social thinking in the United States? The continent of Africa has many different types of philosophies that have similarities and diff...
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The Concept of Postmodernism
During this chapter in the book, I found postmodernism to be interesting while being confusing at the same time. It appeared that there was no definitive explanation for postmodernism due to all of the many elements that make up the term. In this position paper, I will be critiquing the concept of postmodernism while revi...
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Stephen Davies' View on Musical Expressiveness
Stephen Davies and Musical Expressiveness In Stephen Davies paper, Philosophical Perspectives on Music’s Expressiveness, he highlights issues that he deems inhibitors of Music's ability to be expressive of emotions. Davies’ paper revolves around three “puzzles,” or problems, that he believes have “dominated philosophical...
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War as a Consequentialist Idea
War is a Consequentialist Idea Have you ever thought about if war is moral or not? Is war a viable option dependent on the scenario? Is war ever a viable option? Why is there so much controversy surrounding the war choices the U.S. makes? A look upon this in the Deontological perspective will focus on their duty while the...
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The Concept of Punishment: Why We Punish and How We Justify It?
The function of punishment is a hotly debated topic in which opinions differ vastly from person to person. In order to understand why we punish, it is important to grasp the concept of punishment holistically. The notion of punishment has significantly altered in meaning throughout history to reach its current stage, where...
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The Concept of Fascism as Political Religion
Fascism as Political Religion Even in our modern society, we have struggled to produce a true separation between politics and religion. This includes fascism, which has even been described as having the “rudiments of a new religion,” in 1929. Gentile suggests that fascist regimes wanted a monopoly on obedience, leaving...
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An Argument on Aristotle's Thoughts on Contemplating the Cosmos
In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle argues that "prospering in life
is about exercising our goodness, {exercising our virtues}" and that "it
makes sense for it be the exercising of our very best kind of virtue[,
which] would have to be the virtue specific to the best part of us." He
goes on to say that, "intellect is the be...
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An Overview of the Four Paradoxes of Motion
Zeno's paradoxes are alive and well thousands of years after he posed
them. The four paradoxes of motion known respectively as the Dichotomy,
Achilles and the tortoise, the Arrow and the Stadium all share a common
thread. Within each paradox there is the argument that motion is impossible
due to the infinite divisibility of...
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Voidness as the Nature of Everything in Theravada Buddhism
In response to the early doctrines or Theravada Buddhism the
philosopher N?g?rjuna in his critiques he gives rise to a foundation of
Mahayana thought called voidness in which the doctrine of no-self is
incorporated and expanded using the later Mahayana notion of dependent co-
arising which states that while there is no self...
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An Analysis of Niccolo Machiavelli's Dissertation on Lesser Republics
War on the Romefront: Machiavelli’s Dissertation on Lesser RepublicsAs Machiavelli theorizes, the latent destiny and will of man (and the causation of an empire’s success) relies heavily on the support of the nation’s denizens in their militaristic campaigns. After all, to desire the expansion of the nation into “fertile la...
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