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An Analysis of the What Is Enlightennmen by Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant is a man of few but meaningful words in most of his
essays and books. In his response to a question about "What is
Enlightenment?" he continues about a theory of immaturity which reaches the
level of anything where the person does not maintain the ability to use
one's own understanding. This in theory, seems l...
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An Analysis of the Metaphysic of the Theory of Justice by the John Rawls
Rawls, in his response to Sandel's criticisms of A Theory of Justice,
contends that the Veil of Ignorance, when it originates with oneself, has
no bearing on the metaphysical ideology. However, it is moderately
comprehensible as to why Sandel might contemplate a metaphysical conception
considering that written words can fre...
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The Relevance of Philosophical Discussion in the Article Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility by Susan Wolf
Susan Wolf begins her article “Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility” by discussing the relevance of philosophical discussion regarding responsibility to real life “apparently nonphilosophical” applications of responsibility such as are encountered by lawyers, judges, and parents. She explains that philosophers writi...
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A Survey on the More Basic Entity of the Universe
During an independent philosophy assignment last year, I asked the same question: “What is the more basic entity of the universe? Time or change? And Why?” to 5 different people. In my survey, I included three of my own family members. Interestingly enough, their answers were all the same as my own. The three interviewed we...
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A Discussion on Multiverse Hypothesis and Kierkegaard's Views on the Doppelganger
Ah, yes, the multiverse hypothesis. I've encountered Nietzsche's idea of the eternal recurrance (or similar thoughts, like the multiverse hypothesis) many times before. It's a good subject of contemplation, as the idea that an infinite number of yourself are experiencing horrific and wonderful fates is perturbing. It ma...
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An Analysis of Descartes's Argument in His First Meditation
Descartes’s dream argument is one of the many arguments in his First Meditation aimed at casting doubt as a precursor to discovering the truth. The first stage of Descartes’s argument occurs when he likens himself to a madman who cannot distinguish his own visions from reality, though soon after he dismisses this argument o...
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A History of Existentialism, the Individual Experience of Creating a Meaning in a Meaningless World Created by Jean-Paul Sartre
The literary and philosophical movement existentialism emerged in the intellectual vacuum left from World War II. Developed by Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialism is the individual experience of creating meaning in an objectively meaningless world. This idea is founded on Sartre’s postulate that existence precedes essence--lif...
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Understanding Kantian Ideology in the Case of the Queen v. Dudley and Stephens
On July 5, 1884, four men (Brooks, Dudley, Stephens, and Parker) released their anchor near the Cape of Good Hope. Not long after doing so, a storm headed in their direction caused a wave to strike the ship. (The Queen v. Dudley and Stephens 4) The ship, suffering damage, began to sink, and the crew grabbed what they could...
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The Definition of a Kitsch and Its Defining Characteristics
It is safe to say that virtually all denizens of developed countries have at one point or another in their lives been a tourist. During their tenure as a tourist, it is almost an irrefutable fact that they've encountered kitsch. All kitsch is a souvenir, but not all souvenirs are kitsch. Inherent to the concept of kitsch is...
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A Comparison of the Existential Philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Albert Camus
Martin Heidegger and Albert Camus are two philosophers that talk about existential similarly but in different ways. First, let’s start with a little bit of background on each philosopher. According to Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (iep.utm.edu), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was acknowledged as one of the most original...
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