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Kierkegaard's Definition of the Self and Overcoming Despair
Kierkegaard’s Despair To begin to understand Kierkegaard’s argument one must first understand how Kierkegaard chooses to define the self. Kierkegaard attempts to accomplish this by showing the self as “a relation that relates itself to itself”. To explain this phrase, Kierkegaard describes this phenomenon as the relationsh...
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The Importance of Acknowledging the Past
George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist said that “those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it”. While the meaning behind this quote may appear simple and easy enough to understand, to actually put those words into action can be a complex task. By not taking into account past actions, includ...
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A Response to the Standard of Taste Based on the Teachings of David Hume
The Standard of Taste: A Response According to David Hume, standard of taste is a rule by which society is able to distinguish between who is a good judge of taste and who is not; essentially what this means is that there is a rule that judges good and bad taste. For instance, Hume establishes a rule of three to determ...
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The Importance of Colors in Our Life
Colors are vibration of lights. Colors are present all around us and are involved in every aspect of our life. Life would have been dull and meaningless without colors for our choice of decoration and clothing depends on colors. This essay will discuss the importance of colors. The human eye is the mean that is used to de...
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The Gradual Molding of Human Nature by Our Experiences in Life
The title of this work is Latin for a mind not yet affected by experiences or anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state. The minds of many great philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke have explored and argued the structure of human nature, but the main essence is the origin of this broad term. Does...
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The Good and Bad Qualities of Kantian Deontology
Immanuel Kant is one of the greatest moral theorists of the eighteenth century. He is the mastermind behind the moral theory, which is aptly named after him, Kantian Deontology. His moral theory "is widely considered the most important and influential of all deontological theories" (Burnor and Raley). It does has many attr...
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An Objection to the Rejection of Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative
Save the Categorical Imperative? Yes We Kant! Most people would agree that lying to a murderer about the whereabouts of his victim to save a life is morally permissible, but Kant famously insisted that even in this case, lying is impermissible. Some cite this refusal as a failure of his moral system, for surely no system w...
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The Argument Between Free Will and Determinism
The argument between free will and determinism has been contended about for hundreds of years. What are the main differences between the two viewpoints? If a person were to look in a dictionary, free will would be defined as the power, attributed to human beings, of freely making choices that are unimpeded by outside cond...
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The Art of Properly Dealing With Pessimism in Life
Attitude Essay Many claim that life is what you make of it. While there is undeniably some truth to this statement, the full reality of the matter is hardly so simple. One could indeed choose to see things in as negative a light as possible, therefore needlessly prolonging their frustration, however, thinking one ca...
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A Discussion on the Importance of Critical Thinking in Life
Critical thinking is the ability to evaluate a certain issue to reach a clear and rational conclusion. In order to further understand the matter, gathering relevant information to the topic and interpreting it fairly is important. Being biased and judging the issue with pre-conceived notions wouldn’t help as you’re already...
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John Locke's View on Personal Identity
Throughout ages, philosophers have continually argued and researched
on the issue of personal identity. Many questions have been raised of what
makes up personal identity. The theory of personal identity deals with the
philosophical question of the existence of human beings including the
possibility of there being life afte...
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The Disagreement of Galileo and Descartes with the Theories and Explanations of Aristotle
One of Aristotle's philosophical theories described all entities as
possessing two components: one, the substance, or matter of which it is
comprised; and two, the form, or essence. He referred to the form of an
entity as the "soul," although not in the same quasi-religious regard in
which we consider "the soul" today. Ac...
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Similarities Between Ancient and Modern Thinkers: Aristotle and John Locke
There are evident similarities when comparing ancient thinkers and modern thinkers. One similarity is in terms of their definitions of the truth. Both the ancient consensus and the modern consensus is that truth is impartial, ahistorical, and deciphered through logic. Despite these similarities, there are fundamental differ...
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The Best Evidence for Dualism: Brain Versus the Nature of the Mind
The best evidence for dualism is the dubitable nature of the brain versus the indubitable nature of the mind, implying that the two entities are disparate. While it may be difficult for one to doubt the existence of their brain, it can still be done and thus has dubitable existence. For example, John’s brain is removed and...
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An Analysis of Philosophical Accounts of Existentialism
Over the years, there has been many philosophical accounts of existentialism. Indeed, questions regarding the nature of existence and what exists are among the earliest investigated by philosophy. In this paper, I will be presenting a philosophical position that is meant to explain existence and give a criteria of existence...
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The Real Meaning of Success According to Malcolm Gladwell
The Success Skeptic: Malcolm Gladwell's Hypothesis Is success a combination of a million little things or does it fall
right out of the sky? In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
defines the real meaning of success and how it presents itself. He supports
his theory through many examples of how success ei...
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Western Values and the Concept of Autonomy by Erick Erickson
Multicultural Critique The aspects of the various theories discussed that reflect Western or middle- class values of individualism include Erick Erickson’s concept of autonomy, which states that “between the ages of one and three, children begin to assert their independence, by walking away from their mother, picking which...
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Sam Harris Theorizes That Free Will Is Essentially an Illusion
Free Will Essay: Part One Sam Harris’, “Free Will,” is an extended essay that focuses on the theory that free will is essentially an illusion. His central thesis states that our “thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control” (Harris 5). The idea...
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