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Friendship is the Positive Recipe for Happiness
The most important part of life is happiness, it is the main goal everyone strives to achieve. For me i use friendship as a tool of happiness, surrounding yourself with positive people and love guarantees a recipe for happiness. Since I was young, I have been very good at making friends. But my family was moving from citi...
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War is an Irrational Ritual
War is an irrational ritual War is ever present in every civilisation. It is where people lose or sacrifice their own blood to gain or achieve something, hopefully with a greater purpose. Before analyzing the statement we must first look at the causes of war. Nations and civilisations go to war for multiple purposes such a...
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An Analysis of The Good, the True, and the Beautiful by Michael Boylan
The good the true and the beautiful by Michael Boylan create a motivating
introduction to philosophy. It explores all issues regarding knowledge,
aesthetics, and ethics. Additionally, the book illustrates how those
attributes are related to our day to day lives (Boylan, 2008, p. 44).
Michael Boylan recommends a uniquely tho...
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An Explanation of Kant's Categorical Imperative
A Question: Explain Kant’s Categorical Imperative (25 marks) Kant’s theory of ethics is deontological. Deontology is the ethical view that some actions are morally forbidden or permitted regardless of consequences, they are either right or wrong. Kant believed that the only thing of intrinsic moral worth is good will. This...
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The Ethical Relationships Between Descartes' Moral Maxims and Methods
Descartes’ Moral Maxims and Methods Rene Descartes, scientific and philosophical revolutionary, wrote Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences (1637) throughout the 17th century and delayed its being published in order to avoid condemnation from the Catholic church. As...
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Understanding Human Behavior, Morality, and the Notion of Mean
Aristotle argues that the human behavior and moral virtues is the average of high and low degree of something. The notion of mean is a good standard to evaluate individual behavior since people learn through practice and experience rather than instructions and reasoning. An example given to illustrate the notion of mean is...
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An Analysis of the Philosophy of Thales
The Philosophy of Thales Thales is credited by many for being one of the first recorded philosophers in history. Rather than relying on mythology to explain the environment, Thales sought a unifying principle that could explain the material composition of the cosmos. Thales stated that all things are made of “gods”. By say...
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A Comparison Between the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant
Morality is defined as beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior. Who tells us what is right or wrong? Parents, culture, religion, etc. But under what principles do these people base their ideas on? When discussing ethical theories, it's hard not to question the moral standards of two major philosopher...
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An Analysis of Kant's Argument on Categories of Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives
Kant breaks from his idea that the only thing good in itself is good will. He explains two categories of imperatives, which he describes as formulas that determine one’s actions. These two categories are hypothetical and categorical imperatives. The difference depends on whether the action is good because of its results, or...
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An Analysis of Mill's Argument on How Utilities Are the Basis for Morality
Mill describes how utilities are the basis for morality. He describes this as the greatest happiness principle, saying that “actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong in proportion as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness” (Mill 5). By linking actions to happiness, Mill links happiness...
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The Trolley Dilemma: A Thought Experiment in Ethics
The trolley dilemma gives you the option of partially being responsible
for the deaths of a single person or a group of five people. A runaway
train is headed toward five maintenance workers on the track. You can
either let the train hit and kill the five workers or you can divert the
train to another track where there is o...
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A Discussion on Marx's Critique of Commodity Fetishism and Its Influence on the Enslavement of Humans
Abstract "Man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by physical need to sell himself as a commodity." (Guevara: 1965a.) One of the basic premises of Marxian works, that economic relations have been established by the capitalists to their own benefit, and at times to the disbe...
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The Concept of Mill's Liberty and the Liberty of the French Peasants
Liberty’s Lacking: Liberty, Equality, and the French Peasant As one of the dominant political philosophies of nineteenth-century Europe, liberalism privileged the pursuits of individualism, the ability to think rationally, and the possession of liberty and equality before the law. The socioeconomic and political transforma...
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The Understanding of the Meaning of Being Human in Definition of a Man, an Essay by Kenneth Burke
Burke’s “Definition of Man” The essay "Definition of a Man" by Kenneth Burke illustrates his understanding of the meaning of human and how they are unlike any other animal in the world. Burke's definition of a man is that they are "the symbol using (symbol-making, symbol-misusing) animal[,] inventor of the negative (or m...
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A Reflection on Morality Is Relative, an Article by Ruth Benedict
In Ruth Benedict’s article, Morality is Relative, Benedict argues in favor of moral relativism in that the definition of morality is altered on the means of cultural and or societal perspectives. Benedict claims that morality is differently classified on what is considered normal and abnormal within each particular group. T...
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A Discussion on the Personal Morals and Ethics of Individual Judges in the American Judiciary System
“Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially.” ~ Socrates Introduction The judiciary is one of the most important institutions in the United States of America, as it both determines the way those who break the law are dealt with (within the boun...
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A Discussion on What Moral Saints Would Look Like in Virtue Ethics
In “Moral Saints”, Susan Wolf argues that being morally perfect is “not a compelling ideal”. Perhaps the strongest argument that Wolf gives for this claim is by condemning the undesirable and unattractive lifestyles that moral saints have. I believe that leading a perfectly virtuous life is a compelling ideal. This paper wi...
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The Ethical and Moral Issues of Sadomasochism
I found an article called Real-Life Vampires: We ‘Feed’ During Sex on The Daily Beast while scrolling around and looking for anything interesting to read. Because I just finished reading ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, vampirism fascinates me, much like any teenager. But I have to ask… Why? This article goes into the potentia...
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Achieving Morality through Redefined Values
Charity as Duty: Achieving Morality Through Redefined Values The goal of moral reasoning is to determine the “right” way to act as a member of a community of rational/moral agents. Although definitions of “right” vary across different schools of thought, all ideologies have in common the desire to somehow improve both indi...
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Is There Room for Mean in a Fated Life?
Is There Room for Mean in a Fated Life?        Fate is a perplexing and intimidating concept for most humans to wrap their minds around. Throughout history an individual or character typically believed a version of the following concepts: that they have a fated destiny, that they are building their own fate through their a...
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A Discussion on the Meditations of Rene Descartes in Relation to the Existence of Sensory Perception
Descartes Account of Perception In Rene Descartes, Meditation I, it is argued that the only thing that we are granted proof of is that we are nothing but a thinking thing. The existence of our body cannot be proven because at any moment we may be subject to the will of a great deceiver. That being said, his opinion and def...
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Can or Kant We Kill Ourselves? A Kantian Perspective on Assisted Suicide
Can or Kant we kill Ourselves? Closely considering the value of your own life will hopefully not be an obstacle that you will have to endure. However, if it came down to a debilitating disease or an inescapable amount of suffering and pain, do you think you could make the decision to end your own life? Don’t you think peop...
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An Analysis of Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person by Harry Frankfurt
In “Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person,” Harry Frankfurt begins by lamenting the popular usage of the word “person” as inclusive of non-human animals. He then defines a person as en entity that is capable of both first-order and second-order desires. It is thus conceivable that a non-human entity may be a perso...
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John Stuart Mill's Interpretation of Utilitarianism
Essay 3 John Stuart Mill predicates his interpretation of utilitarianism as a mechanism for determining the morality of an action on the Greatest Happiness Principle – “That actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness”. In Mills’ view, happines...
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Being Morally Responsible For One's Actions in The Deep Self View by Harry Frankfurt, Gary Watson, and Charles Taylor
The Deep Self View espoused by Harry Frankfurt, Gary Watson, and Charles Taylor in various forms holds that an individual ought to be held morally responsible for his action when and if that action is accurately translated into being from his will. The Deep Self View further contends this is so because an individual’s will...
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