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03 Jun 2008
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The child sex trade in Asia

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

References to Asia often bring to mind the stunning beauty of the Orient. Rich cultural tradition coupled with unique design and architecture make Asia appear to be an almost mythical culture to Western citizens. While it is indeed true that Asia is associated with an exotic culture deeply...

03 Jun 2008
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Does race play a mitigating role in the application of the death penalty?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Over the course of the twentieth century there have been a number of issues that have promulgated debate. Prayer in public schools, gun control and abortion are among the most notable issues to garner attention. While each of these issues has significant ramifications for the development of...

02 Jun 2008
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The "Marx Brothers":Wallerstein, Chakrabarty, and Appadurai in Conversation

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The anthropological study of capitalism is rendered difficult by the inaccessibility of capitalist subjects as informants, the political legacy of Marxist and socialist movements, and the continuing disagreement over the origins and productions of capitalism, among other things. However, there...

30 May 2008
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Manifest: To Become

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

On the occasion of International Women's Day, I find myself wanting to write about feminism. I don't know what wave I am—4th, or maybe some unknowable iteration in the process of being born and matured. But I do know that I think a lot about what it means to be a woman wielding her power in...

16 May 2008
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A Little Breathing Room : A Look At Feminism

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“ ‘To speak behind others' backs is the ventilator of the heart…' and in this way we began a long session of ventilation of the heart” (Satrapi). With these words, Marjane Satrapi sets the stage for Embroideries and her intimate insight into the lives of women in an Iranian...

15 May 2008
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New Zealand Popular Music

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

New Zealand rock and pop, while relatively new, are both very exciting and active genres of music. Several artists have found much success in the field over the years, having their music heard through New Zealand and sometimes even throughout Australia, Great Britain, and the United States....

12 May 2008
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Negative Portrayals of Heavy Metal Music

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In today's world, the entertainment industry is one of the most prominent enterprises in the developed world, if not one of the top money makers. In fact, music sales alone have been a massive source of revenue, even regardless of the hits it has taken because of music piracy. Music,...

08 May 2008
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Thinking This Hard Hurts

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Joseph K. is in trouble, and he doesn't know why. Accused of a crime the details of which he is not privy to, his life becomes one impossible search for an acquittal. All his energies are throwing into determining his crime and a way to prove his innocence, but ultimately his...

06 May 2008
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Logical Positivism

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Describe the logical positivist view of scientific theories. Explain at least one problem with the view, and assess whether it is a problem for all forms of logical positivism. Logical positivism, developed by the members of the Vienna Circle, was a new way of considering science and language. It...

22 Apr 2008
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Adler/Maslow Personality: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Competition is something that has run in my blood since I can remember. I have gone against the grain of what a “normal” female gender role entails, I have been very competitive in all aspect of my life, starting when I was younger with a co-ed baseball team, which blossomed into...

19 Apr 2008
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Evidence of Platonic Ideals Communicated Through Ancient Greek Statues

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Platonic idealist is the man who by nature so wedded to perfection that he sees in everything not the reality but the faultless ideal which the reality misses…” - George Santayana (1) Art is subject to interpretation. Each and every work of...

18 Apr 2008
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War and Peace: An Examination through Relativity

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Human beings are not inherently desirous of war and destruction. Antithetically, their basal concern is preservation preservation of land, property, rights, religion, and life. War has no innate locale in the souls of man; it is a device, and many consider it flawed in nature and...

18 Apr 2008
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"125th and Lenox: The Intersection of Different Ideological Avenues"

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X personify the argument regarding protest within the Civil rights Movement. The two charismatic leaders wanted civil and economic progress for the African-American community, and their differing perspectives on American society in the 1960s form the basis of...

14 Apr 2008
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Mucha's Dream: A New Art for a New Nation

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In 1790, with the beginning of the National Revival, the Czechs worked to create a Czech state, which required the forming of a national consciousness that did not hitherto exist. The Czech people fashioned this identity using legend and myth and largely by contrasting themselves with...

19 Feb 2008
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Lyndon Baines Johnson: An overview study

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

When one thinks of the president Lyndon Baines Johnson, typically one associates him with the turbulent period we call the ‘sixties.' Whether or not his term in office merely coincided with this era is an issue often debated. Nonetheless, his commanding presence has left an...

19 Feb 2008
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The Marriage of Mereology and Topology: A coherent theory of Ontology

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the study of Ontology some peculiar issue arise out the study of entities and what make them up. The first thing that one notices is that there are parts of things and wholes that are the things which we view ontologically. This ontological status of parthood as relating to...

17 Feb 2008
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Romantic Love in the Time of Abelard and Heloise

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This essay seeks to show the existence of romantic love in the 12th century through various its manifestations in the letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise, as well as show how the idea of romantic idea was different from the ways in which we think of it today. These letters are filled...

17 Feb 2008
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The Rise of the Ribat Mentality and the End of Muslim Spain

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Between the fall of Toledo in 1085 and the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212, a new force entered the politics of Muslim al-Andalus (or Andalusia). This force was the North African Islamic fundamentalism of two groups, the Almoravids and their successors, the Almohads. Both...

06 Feb 2008
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"People like Us" by David Brooks

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

David Brooks' “People Like Us” is an analytical essay on the issue of diversity seen from the eyes of the author. Brooks takes an emotional point of view of the way in which we take for granted how diverse our nation is although it is “relatively homogeneous” when looked at...

04 Jan 2008
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What are the Objects of Visual Perception?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There is much debate about what it is we actually perceive of the world, if anything at all. In this essay I wish to focus on the theory of Direct Realism, and show why I believe it to be the correct theory. I will show this by looking at all the main objections to Direct Realism, and show that...

04 Jan 2008
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Is Creation Due to Nature or God? Discuss the Arguments for Creation in the Samkhyakarika.

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Samkhya School of philosophy has what I believe to be an agnostic note on the nature of creation and on the existence of God, although not atheistic in the sense that there is still a cause for evolution. In this essay I will try to show how the Samkhya idea of creation is appealing but it...

04 Jan 2008
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Can Knowledge Be Characterised as Justified True Belief? What Would a Better Account of Knowledge Look like?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There have been many attempts over the years to try and define what constitutes knowledge. Up until the early 1960's, the general consensus was that the tripartite analysis of knowledge was correct. However, it is now widely accepted that this is not the case, due to the work of Edmund Gettier...

04 Jan 2008
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Essay on the Vaisesika and Bhagavad Gita Distinctions between Self and Body

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

It is my opinion that the distinction between self and body, as set out in the Vaisesika and mentioned in the Vedanta (Sourcebook, 1957, pp121-138, 386-423) , is an extremely cogent theory which seems to be able to reply to most objections raised to it. In this essay I will attempt to show...

04 Jan 2008
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Is Sound Eternal, as the Mimansa Philosophers Believe It to Be or Is It Transitory as the Nyaya Says?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Behind the claim that sound is eternal appears to be the idea that it must be eternal because the utterance of the word is for the purpose of another. Without this eternality, one person could not make anything known to another, because once the word was spoken, it would no longer exist. Another...

04 Jan 2008
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What Would It Mean for an Event to Be a 'Miracle' in the Sense that Hume Describes It?

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In this essay, I hope to show that some of the criticisms levelled against Hume, especially those by Robert Hambourger (1980), are not effective in their attempts to erode Hume's argument. These issues were discussed in an article by Dorothy Coleman (1988), which I will use to outline the...

04 Jan 2008
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Has Hume Refuted the Design Argument?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In my opinion, David Hume, in his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, completely destroys the traditional design argument. In this essay I will outline an example of the traditional design argument, as written by Newton, and also Hume's critique of this argument, in his ‘Dialogues...

17 Dec 2007
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Aristotle's "The Rhetoric"

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

When digging deeply into Aristotle's “The Rhetoric” it only begs the question of the origins of the author. Many of us learn about Aristotle's legacy in grade school and learn about his works. However, many of us also fail to learn the basic elements that made Aristotle who he was then...

11 Dec 2007
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Progressing Toward the End of Spirit: Hegel on World History

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Although Hegel's concept of spirit can sound like a purely metaphysical concept, more simply it is the ultimate force of our wills. Hegel believes that the wills of individuals, (which are inherently free wills,) that make up a nation are a kind of collective consciousness, which has an ultimate...

07 Dec 2007
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The Ideas of Confucius

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Confucius lived through a time of social change in China. Society was moving away from the old values, and towards more selfish pursuits that he felt were immoral and unjust. To this end, Confucius taught others what he felt were the core values of ancient Chinese culture, and in...

07 Dec 2007
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What Is Empiricism?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Empiricism is a view about where all knowledge comes from. Empiricism is not exclusive to scientific knowledge, but rather knowledge as a whole. This includes knowledge of everyday life. Empiricism states that science and everyday thinking have the same basic principles,...