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The Issue of Real Versus Perceived in The Republic by Plato and Laelius De Amicitia by Cicera
Comparing Plato and Cicero Plato’s The Republic and Cicero’s Laelius De Amicitia both explore the issue of real versus perceived reality. In his argument, Plato’s position is that humans are naturally predisposed to reject new realities, and will rarely take the initiative to seek new information for fear that it may contr...
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An Atheistic View of Existentialism in Jean-Paul Sartre's The Humanism of Existentialism
In Jean-Paul Sartre’s piece “The Humanism of Existentialism”, Sartre makes an argument for an atheistic view of existentialism. Sartre goes on to claim that this form of existentialism is “more coherent” than other forms of theistic variety. However, does it follow that all of Sartre’s central ideas about existentialism dep...
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The Views of Friedrich Nietzsche on the Nature of Human Creativity
For Nietzsche, art is innate to human nature, existing in two forms, the Dionysian and the Apollinian, the first favoring musical expression while the latter favors visual expression. This renders human creativity a mere reaction to the forces of nature, with the exception of Greek tragedy. The first nature of creativity e...
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A Review of the Tuskegee Experiment in Relation to Emanuel Kant's Theory
Kant’s Theory and the Tuskegee Experiment There are three pillars to Kant’s theory. Those are of duty, universalizability, and respect. Kant believe that humans have a moral duty. You purely make a decision because it’s the right thing to do. Any decision cannot be done out of self interest, emotion or consequences. His...
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A Comparison of Coping up with Emotions in the past and Today
Emotions have always been a very tricky subject for humans to tackle. While vital to our basic mortality, they are very messy and difficult to regulate and deal with. In the past, emotions were something to be stifled; they were shameful and it was considered weak to succumb to them. Times, however, have changed greatly, al...
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The Characteristics of the Philosophy of Utilitarianism and Its Application on the Issue of Legal Regulation of Prostitution
Utilitarianism is a form of consequentialism. It focuses on the consequences of actions, but includes all people that are impacted by that action. Because everyone is affected by the action, they all must be counted equally. That being said, some philosophers call utilitarianism universalistic because it focuses on the happ...
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An Explanation of Motivation Through Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory, the Herzberg's Two-Factor of Motivation Theory, and the McClelland's Theory of Needs
Motivation Motivation is everywhere in the world. People search for motivation. There are fitness motivators, financial motivators, lifestyle motivators, and so many other motivators. Some people are self-motivated: these are the people one can see running businesses and achieving their goals. A small percentage of peopl...
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The Definition of Utilitarianism Through the Views of John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham
John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham both have their own definitions of what Utilitarianism is. Mill describes utilitarianism in great detail in his essay actually named “Utilitarianism”. In this article defines utility as the Greatest Happiness Principle. That is the more something or an action promotes happiness and leads...
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The Road to Maximum Happiness in Michael Sandel's Justice
The final product of the process of government should be the well-being of its citizens. Well-being is defined by the pleasure of the majority, or the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. For a government to achieve this final product, it needs to ingrain certain ideas or values into its citizens. This way, citi...
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The Forgotten Language of Love
Love is a ladder. It starts with one person, it ends with the totality. Love is the beginning, God is the end. To be afraid of love, to be afraid of the growing pains of love, is to remain enclosed in a dark cell. Modern man is living in a dark cell’ it is narcissistic. Narcissism is the greatest obsession of the modern mi...
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The True Value of Philosophy According to Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell believes that the problem with philosophy is that people do not know or care to know or think about what it is, and that this article is the end of people (the audience) not knowing about philosophy and being uneducated about the true questions of philosophy. He builds his case by giving questions to think...
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A Report on Descartes's View on Foundationalism and Its Counter-Views
Epistemology: Descartes View on Foundationalism In this essay we are going to go over how Descartes was a rationalist. We are also going to go over how and why he believes knowledge comes from rationalism. After we establish his view, we are going to touch base on the alternative views on Descartes view on and come to the...
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A Comparison of the Theories of John Stuart Mill to those of Malthus and Ricardo
John Stuart Mill was born in 1806. His father was a philosopher and believed strongly in rigid education. At the young age of three he began to learn Greek and read Greek literature. He continued his rigorous studies in philosophy and politics without really ever having a childhood. He wasn't even allowed holidays as they m...
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The Definition and Understanding of Beliefs
According to John Chaffee, "beliefs are interpretations, evaluations,
conclusions, and predictions about the world that we endorse as true" and
that the process of critically thinking about our beliefs is how we obtain
knowledge (2000, p. 164). According to the web site dictionary.com, to
believe is to accept...
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The Definition and Difference between Utilitarianism and Anti-Utilitarianism
In this chapter base on utilitarianism by Bentham and mill, I understood that in this world we all have feelings and all we do is worry about our happiness and not others but according to utilitarianism, that this theory is so enormous and numerous that people tend to forget it. But it continues to be widely accepted. This...
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An Analysis of the Philosophical Essay The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Sisyphus' tale is a saddening and terrifying one. Saddening due to sympathy for his fate, and terrifying for both how terrible it is, and how similar it can be to our daily existences. Camus tells us his punishment of eternal rock-pushing is administered because of his absurd attempts to evade the gods, his consequences, a...
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The Path to Transcendentalism in the Literary Works of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Jon Krakauer
Transcendentalists Transcendentalists view society as evil. In order to transcend the corruption of society, a person must reject material pursuit and social conformity. First of all, a person must overcome their material desires to truly experience the joys of life. Society has developed to where money dominates everyth...
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The Meaning of Happiness in Like Is for Cowards, Go for What Hurts by Jonathan Franzen and There's More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Smith
What does it truly mean to be happy? In order achieve true happiness in life, then people need to realize the importance of finding meaning in their life along with an understanding of what it means to truly love something. Author Emily Smith, a columnist at The New Criterion and the managing editor of the Hoover Institutio...
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An Examination of the Science of Gratitude and Its Role in Human Happiness
The Evidence and Theory Behind Making Gratitude a Habit Happiness is a chief human concern because it provides purpose and meaning to our actions. A chief concern of a sub-discipline within psychology resolves around the conditions and prerequisites for human happiness in general. Similar to the philosopher Aristotle’s not...
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An Investigation of the Meaning of Theory by Comparing the Writings and Intellectual Contributions of Niccolo Machiavelli and Auguste Comte
All scientists share a common goal of explaining the world around them. In order to accomplish this, each scientist will establish a fact through observation. Facts are to be understood as observations that are “confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.” (Gould 1983: 255). Estab...
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The Sociological Thinking of Niccolo Machiavelli, Auguste Comte and Harriet Martineau
Machiavelli and Classical Sociology In many ways, Machiavelli was a sociologist before sociology existed as a science. A sociologist’s goal is to isolate a societal behavior, and define said behavior. Defining the behavior includes answering why it persists and how it continues to persist. Machiavelli examined the way i...
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An Argument Proving the Existence of Forms in Reality
I believe forms exist in reality. Here are objections to said belief. Objection #1: Nothing is "real" all of which is in the minds. Not the
laws of science, not warmth, nothing. If nothing exists in reality (and
only in our mind space), then, how can forms exist in reality? They cannot.
(Solipsism) Objection #2:...
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A Discussion on Whether Thoughts Arise from Impressions
Many thoughts do arise from impressions, however some do not. Objection 1 : If it is possible that a majority of thoughts (as Hume
says) arise from impressions, then it is plausible, even likely that all
ideas come from impressions. Whether they are complex or not. Objection 2 : If the idea of a God or gods is...
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The Philosophy of John Locke
Conceivably one of the greatest historically significant political theorists of the western world was a man named John Locke. This was the man who began what is now called “British Empiricism”, and was also thought to be highly important in forming the grounds, hypothetically at least, for the Constitution of the United....
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Philosophers' Views on the Use of Rhetoric
Classical Rhetoric Rhetoric, by definition, is persuasive language that may lack reason or honesty and is the center of a historical debate between philosophers and sophists. Stanley Fish illustrated the differing views of the morality and study of rhetoric in Ancient Greece in his article by describing the principles of...
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