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A Critique of Rainer Marie Rilke's Statement That the Only Journey Is the One Within
“The only journey is the one within.” –Rainer Marie Rilke The personal development of ethics and morals overshadows all other developments, according to German poet Rainer Marie Rilke in his quote “The only journey is the one within.” Specifically, “journeys” are rendered irrelevant when compared to the expedition an indiv...
The Effects of Ethical Limitations in Society
Ethical judgment is the process of considering several alternatives and choosing the most ethical alternative. This process can also be described as the process by which an individual determines one alternative is morally right and another is morally wrong. An example of an ethical judgment could be when a loved one is on l...
An Analysis of Rene Descartes's Dualist Thesis on the Mind/Body Problem, Its Relevance, and Criticisms
Dualism Still Falls Short Because of René Descartes’ dualist thesis, philosophers have toiled over “the mind/body problem” for centuries. Many have directed their efforts toward dismantling his theory and have done so successfully. Much of their success has come from advances in science that have granted contemporary philo...
A Philosophical Discussion of the Subjectivity of Truth
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth," Marcus Aurelius once said. This quote states in as few words as possible what I believe to be everything that encompasses what truth is and where it comes from. For starters, all human beings have their own opinions about wha...
John Stuart Mill's Views on Happiness
Happiness is something everybody strives for. When you think about it, isn’t the most important thing in life to be happy? Well, to John Stuart Mill, a philosopher, he believes that happiness can be spread among people through basic actions. Is this possible? Looking at a so-called trivial subject, like gay marriage, how ca...
A Discussion on the Difficulties Related to Making an Ethical Decision
Ethics surround us everyday, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised that – when making certain decisions – ethics come into play. Whether you’re a CEO at a huge company or working at McDonalds, ethics are still valid. They are used as a guideline, a set of rules, to keep society in order. Now, it is no secret that people st...
An Examination of the Possible Response of Friedrich Nietzsche to the Writings of W.E.B. DuBois
Friedrich Nietzsche is well known for his book On the Genealogy of Morals in which he writes several essays addressing topics such as good, evil, bad, guilt, bad conscience, and much more. He targets what he calls the noble or master morality along with slave morality. More specifically within noble morality he discusses wh...
An Examination of Comprehensive Moral Theories as the Right Tools for Ethical Reasoning
Comprehensive Moral Theories as Tools for Particularistic Reasoning In employing ethical reasoning, we attempt to determine not only what it means to live a “good” life, but also how to go about living one. But what does ethical reasoning entail? Is there a methodic process that ensures intuitively moral actions? Through t...
A Review of Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism, a Thesis by Max Weber
Brief Analysis of “Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism” by Weber Weber’s argument1 heavily borrows from Richard Baxter’s concept of asceticism. As defined in lecture, asceticism refers to “rigorous self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence.” Baxter believed everyone should work hard to acquire wealth but...
The Difference between the Philosophical Ideas of Greeks and Jews
For our first examination in Western Heritage we were asked to memorize several dichotomies between the standard pattern of Jewish thought and the Greek tradition popularized by thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle. This is an important list of distinctions to make as these traditions are arguably some of the greatest contr...