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An Analysis of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion by John Mill
Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion, by John Stuart Mill, is a work that rises to defend the freedom of speech and opinion. Mill believes that the right to speak your opinion, no matter how unpopular, should not only be protected and upheld at all times, but is necessary for the functioning of society. I agree with Mil...
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The Positive Effects of Being Rejected
“Dear to us are those who love us…but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The sting of r...
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Ethics in a Selfish Society of Modernistic Mindsets
Selfish Society, Modernistic Mindsets Charity is a form of voluntary aid to those in need. To be charitable means to be willing to give without expecting to receive in return. Unfortunately, selfless, charitable acts are rare in today’s society, unless a payoff is a part of the plan. Many people participate in charity be...
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An Analysis of the Society by Daniel Bell
Philosophy Journal Daniel Bell was advanced for his time and knew what was going to
become a greater problem in the near future. His view of society and the
way it changes is very different from most of the philosophers we have
already read about. Bell believed that whatever the artists believes and
plays out in his m...
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The Effects of the Ideology of Meritocracy on Society
Society operates on a very pervasive system, it is not ideal but it is obvious. There is a clear hierarchal structure that places gender, races, sexuality, social class etc. into an order from the most privileged within society to the least. If the structure was critically examined it would become apparent that the order i...
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A Discussion on Happiness Being a Choice
Happiness is a choice Happiness. When you hear the word happiness, what do you see? I don't know about you guys, but when I hear the word happiness, I see myself surrounded by loads of pasta and garlic bread. Also some mashed potatoes and some green beans, and maybe some pizza. Oh wait, and candy. Lots of candy. But none...
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A Discussion on What It Means to Be Human and Its Relation to Transhumanism
Robo Sapien “Prepare to die, is not the exhortation in this Church and Kingdom; but prepare to live…” (Mystical Musings and Politics) This quotation by Brigham Young gives a brief but precise summary for what the near future has in store for us; transhumanism. Transhumanism is a school of thought that believes the human sp...
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Rousseau's Philosophy of Man's Use of Reason
Man is only a man when he is made free by binding his will
wholeheartedly to a social contract, Rousseau claims. In seeing man, a
creature above all others due to his ability to reason, Rousseau sees a
need for men to order themselves in relation to other men so that man's
reason may be used to its full potential. If man do...
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A Discussion on Functionalism and Its Contributions to Society
Assess the functionalist contribution to society (33 marks) Functionalism is a macro approach to sociology which examines how each institution of society works together in order to create social solidarity. Functionalists argue that society is harmonious because every institution, for example the family, the education sy...
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A Discussion on the Notion of Hedonism Bringing True Levels of Satisfaction
Hedonism Research Paper Happiness is the one thing people look for. Some people go their whole lives hoping, waiting, or working for it. This brings us to the age old question everyone must answer for themselves: what is happiness, and how do we achieve such a thing? Hedonism is the sole belief that explicit pleasure, imme...
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The Definition and Importance of Love According to Milan Kundera
What is Love What is love? Why is it so important in our daily lives? According to Milan Kundera, “Love is the longing for the half of ourselves that we have lost.” Kundera is implying that without love you are just half a person. This is a hypothetical definition though. Physically it is impossible to be half a person...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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Pangloss' Philosophy in Candide by Voltaire
“Candide”, by Voltaire, is about a man named Candide who goes through a series of unfortunate events but somehow remains optimistic by following Pangloss’ philosophy. In the book, Candide’s tutor, Pangloss, has an optimistic belief: This world “is the best of all possible worlds.” Throughout the story, Candide grasps onto t...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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