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A Discussion of the Word Hegemony through Prison Notebooks as Written by Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Philosopher and Sociologist
When Europe was drowning in fascism throughout mid-twentieth century, Antonio Gramsci was in a prison in Italy under Benito Mussolini’s regime, writing Prison Notebooks on cultural hegemony. Originating from the Greek word egomonia; meaning leadership, its usage as the political dominance one state has over another or sever...
Emmanuel Kant's Philosophy on the Topic of Killing
In Kant’s essay, he discusses degree of responsibility. Kant states “The degree of responsibility depends on the degree of freedom….The more a man is driven to action by external forces, the less is his responsibility; but if he overcome the external pressure and does not act in accordance with it, his merit is the greater....
An Analysis of Good Will Based on the Philosophy of Emmanuel Kant
In Kant’s Book “Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals” he discusses the topic of good will and how it is the only thing that can be good without qualification. For example the things that are called character, like intelligence, wit, and judgment, can also become a bad thing and are not then good in themselves. These thi...
The Connection Between Theatre and Bentham in Michael Foucault's Book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
To Be Panoptic or Not To Be Panoptic In the world of theatre, it is the actor’s duty to not only bring the character that they were cast as to life, but to do so in a way that will please and entertain the faces that are watching them during their performances. However, every minute they spend on stage, the eyes that are...
A Discussion on the Characteristics of Young People in Today's Society
What are the characteristics of young people? Young people are between the age of ten to nineteen. They are supposed to be today’s tomorrow, that is, the future of the world lies in their hands. But their reputation lies in the hands of adults who either judge the youth of being good or being bad. This essay will discuss t...
An Analysis of David Hume's Criticism of the Social Contract
Hume’s Criticism of the Social Contract Social contract emerges when a community of people unite and agree upon a set of rules. Within this contract, people surrender absolute freedom (and in turn, absolute danger) for the security the state can offer. In his essay “Of the Original Contract” philosopher David Hume contest...
The True Qualities of a Successful Life
A SUCCESSFUL LIFE Somebody who has a fruitful life must have the capacity to set objectives and finish those objectives. There is a shared factor for a genuinely fruitful life, and it is to incorporate knowledge, confidence in a higher being, and peace. Insight is the capacity to have sound judgment and trustworthiness. Co...
The Demise of Humanity According to Henry David Thoreau
The Synthesis of Henry David Thoreau The idea of a grim future has long dawned on us when we realized our slow demise. Thoreau had predicted this long ago and we have realized and taken this into consideration. Unfortunately, we haven’t done much action in this department. Thoreau’s ideas have been examined but no action...
The Idea of Freedom and Free Will According to Augustine and Manichean
“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do” Robert A. Heinlein. From thi...
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...