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A Comparison between Bentham and Mill's Theories of Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the moral action is the one that maximizes utility, therefore creates the majority of happiness for the majority of people. It is a consequentialist theory because it is based on the rules that moral judgments should be based on the outcome or consequences of an ac...
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The Difference in the Philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
Of all the writers and philosophers who are considered to be transcendentalists, two of the most prevalent are Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Their works have been pondered for over 150 years. It is evident that Emerson is fundamentally a transcendentalist; however Emerson is not as much of a transcendentalist...
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What Do We Need Philosophy For?
On a person-to-person basis, the archetypal social jungle of high school is often dangerously devoid of any philosophical, ethical, or individualistic self-consciousness, even though an environment such as this has very real potential to serve as an ethos in which fledgling, thinking-men can exercise their respective creati...
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A Report on the Falseness of Thomas Malthus's Predictions in An Essay on the Principle of Population
4-3 Thomas Malthus In 1798, Thomas Malthus, an English philosopher, wrote “An Essay on the Principle of Population”, which had four main points. The first of these points was that population grows at an exponential rate. This means that population grow proportionally to the current population, accelerating as time progr...
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An Examination of the Natural Law and Social Contract by the Colonists
1. How did the colonists relate natural law and the social contract to
the idea of a written constitution? Natural law theory stated that in order for a law to be respected and
obeyed, that law must adhere to certain eternal principles that exist in
the natural order of the universe. The social contract theo...
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Gandhi's Philosophy of Nonviolence
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.” This was said by Mahatma Gandhi. This quote means that is if you are strong, then you won’t fight, unlike those who fight, say that they’re weak. Gandhi was a great man that not only helped improve himself by his principle of life that he followed, but he also helped his country get...
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An Assessment of the Utilitarian Values of Herbert Clutter in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood
Herbert Clutter’s Utilitarianism The source of morality, or the details of a moral system, are much more easily interpreted from written theory than actual human action. It can be difficult to discern what framework, if any, most people build their own morality around. In Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Herbert Clutter is p...
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An Analysis of the Relation between Customary Connexion and Necessary Connexion by David Hume
Rocks, Windows, and Punches In his work An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume states that the “connexion, therefore, which we feel in the mind, this customary transition of the imagination from one object to its usual attendant, is the sentiment or impression, from which we form the idea of power or necessary con...
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An Argument on the Source of Evil and Suffering in the World
Throughout the world, there are very few influential factors that can be held constant and applied to the majority of individuals on Earth. The people, their languages, their culture, their architecture, the land they live on and even their technology all differ from other portions of the world. One factor that can be held...
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An Overview of John Stewart Mill and Karl Marx's Philosophy on Individual Freedom and Identity
Private Property as an Externalization to Freedom of the Self and Self-regarding Behavior This paper asserts that although John Stewart Mill and Karl Marx appear to write from very separate political perspectives, they compliment one another concerning individual freedom and identity. In it, the notion that private propert...
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