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17 May 2009
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Robert O.Paxton: The anatomy of fascism

Book review - 5 pages - Philosophy

Many authors have proposed definitions for the question “what is Fascism?”, but most of them failed to give a complete definition. The historian Robert O. Paxton answered this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the Fascists did, rather than what they said. To...

17 May 2009
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Why did Aristotle believe in natural slavery?

Thesis - 3 pages - Philosophy

Aristotle wrote Politics as a criticism of Plato's Republic, after having been his student for 20 years. Aristotle especially disagrees with Plato's view that only knowledge and perfect forms count. He would criticize Plato's view that women and children should be held in the perfect state and...

17 May 2009
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Are forgiveness and a search for the truth a better solution to heal the minds and bodies of the victims of wars than externally imposed tribunals?

Thesis - 4 pages - Philosophy

Even after a settlement is reached and a peace agreement is signed, it is by no means the end of the conflict. For a conflict to really end, healing the minds and the bodies of the victims of wars is necessary. Indeed it is the necessary first step to reconciliation to appear and people who have...

17 May 2009
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The Third Way by Anthony Giddens

Book review - 7 pages - Philosophy

Anthony Giddens, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science published The Third Way in 1998. What does “Third Way” mean? For The author, the goal is a renewal of the social-democracy. Through this phrase he refers to a framework of thinking and policy-making that...

11 May 2009
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Violence and expressionism

Thesis - 4 pages - Philosophy

Expressionism is an avant-garde movement in which violence is everywhere in themes, in forms, in the expression of the artist in general. We can define violence by aggressive facts, language immoderation, brutality and provocation. When we talk about violence in art, the violence is not...

11 May 2009
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Democracy and totalitarism

Thesis - 6 pages - Philosophy

Nowadays the term ‘democracy ‘has become a widespread reality which is practically accepted everywhere. Even China's leaders argue that their country is on the path to democracy but “it needs time” (Wen Jiabao, China's Prime Minister). Nevertheless many dictatorships still...

07 May 2009
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Essay on the national liberation struggle in mozambique

Thesis - 7 pages - Philosophy

Mozambique is, in the early 20th century, a very heterogeneous country. Without any linguistic, cultural or ethnic harmony, the only point that is common all over this southern African country turns out to be the Portuguese colonial power. However, after an intense liberation struggle, Mozambique...

07 May 2009
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The Jews and the passion

Thesis - 3 pages - Philosophy

The Passion narratives must be understood through the Jewish historical experience, religious tradition and, above all, holy scripture. It is crucial to remember that the Passion story, considered as the birth of Christianism, is very linked to the Jewish culture and holy scripture since,...

07 May 2009
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Occidentalism, the redefinition of a concept in the discourse of international culture

Thesis - 6 pages - Philosophy

Occidentalism can exist and develop only in relation to its pre-existing coefficient, orientalism” . Indeed, there exists a dichotomy between these two concepts. It refers to the description of the World and its organization. Therefore, an analysis of the meaningful concept of...

07 May 2009
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Catholic religious orders in Europe

Thesis - 3 pages - Philosophy

Monarchism started in Egypt during the IInd century and may have its roots in the forms of some Jewish sects. Saint Antony (236-347) created next to Alexandria what we call anachoretism. He organized a hermits' life. These men gather in communities called anchoret. They live alone but meet on...

07 May 2009
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The universal human rights concept

Essay - 5 pages - Philosophy

The UN was founded immediately after the horrors of the Second World War because of the Nazi-regime and in response to the economic and social difficulties after the Depression. This need of security by law was explained by a particular tradition in Europe where in the seventeenth and the...

07 May 2009
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A critical comparison of Aristotle's and Augustine's concepts on time

Thesis - 5 pages - Philosophy

Aristotle and Augustine are two men whose intricately crafted ideas have been regarded as some of the most intelligent for thousands of years. Both men came from very different times and many times took very different approaches when explaining their ideas. Aristotle conceptualizes using mostly...

05 May 2009
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Would I lie to you

Thesis - 5 pages - Philosophy

What do job interviews, parents, significant others, store managers, telemarketers, homeless people, personal managers, and movie ticket agents have in common? They've all been lied to. At job interviews, applicants may tell a little lie about their qualifications in order to get the job. An...

01 May 2009
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The mysticism of Teresa of Avila

Thesis - 7 pages - Philosophy

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a nun who came forward in the tumultuous years of the Spanish Inquisition to found a new order of nuns, the Carmelites. The new order had stricter rules about poverty and seclusion than other Spanish orders of that time. Teresa was a contemplative who was famous...

01 May 2009
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The image of the mother in the Tao Te Ching

Thesis - 7 pages - Philosophy

Western scholarship has traditionally portrayed Chinese cultural as patriarchal and not supportive of women. This perspective often fails to look at ways that the feminine has been acknowledged and honored in major Chinese religious traditions. Kuan Yin, for example, was originally the male...

01 May 2009
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The role of Eros, madness and desire, and physical sexuality in Plato's philosophy

Thesis - 7 pages - Philosophy

The philosophy of Plato had a strong impact on the development of Western thought and the evolution of Western culture. His ideas were influential with Christian thinkers in the third and fourth centuries and with European philosophers in the Renaissance and after.This paper will examine Plato's...

26 Apr 2009
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Pam Gems feminist vision in "Stanley". Exploring queer aesthetics through historical reflection

Thesis - 6 pages - Philosophy

Stanley Spencer, one of England's most lauded post-war visual artists, is also among the most obscure outside of the context of his reception in England, which included his being Knighted near the end of his life.(Hauser, 2001) In a “Self-Portrait” from 1914 the artist paints himself in...

26 Apr 2009
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The light and the dark - Goethe's faust and the theme of the search for inner wholeness

Thesis - 6 pages - Philosophy

In dramatic literary history, tragedies are a form through which dark elements in human motivation, character and decision making are explored. Often the tragedy revolves around the flaw of its main character, known as the tragic hero. The hero may have a tragic flaw such as egoistic hubris, or...

26 Apr 2009
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Heine's philosophical thinking

Thesis - 10 pages - Philosophy

This essay will explore ideas from “On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany” written by Heinrich Heine, one of the most famous German poets and cultural figures in general, of the early to mid 19th century. The paper will argue that in his often enigmatic and aphoristic...

22 Apr 2009
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Healing and the modern day servants

Thesis - 5 pages - Philosophy

The miraculous power of faith has been deemed able to heal a countless number of ailments from the time when Jesus walked the Earth performing miracles all the way to present day medical miracles involving prayer and strong faith. But what do these miracles tell us and prove in both the teachings...

22 Apr 2009
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Views about the afterlife

Thesis - 4 pages - Philosophy

Nobody knows for sure what will happen in the afterlife, we can only estimate based on our religious beliefs and personal opinions. Five major western religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Ba Hai, also have very different outlooks on what will happen to us, individually and...

19 Apr 2009
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An essay concerning Bloom's reading of the Republic

Essay - 5 pages - Philosophy

Philosopher and literary critic Allan Bloom (1968) writes that “The Republic is the true Apology of Socrates, for only in the Republic does he give an adequate treatment of the theme which was forced on him by Athens' accusation against him. That theme is the relationship of the philosopher...

13 Apr 2009
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Why has class conflict not occurred in the form expected by Marxist thinkers and why has history not developed in the way Marx predicted?

Thesis - 4 pages - Philosophy

Karl Marx (1818 - 83) was responsible for one of the first and most influential theories of class within the sociological discipline. For Marx, classes can be seen as basic social groups divided by their specific position within the division of labor, and distributed within society according to...

20 Mar 2009
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Michel Foucault and his discourse on discursive history

Thesis - 4 pages - Philosophy

Michel Foucault may be one of the most influential French philosophers of our time. He spent much of his professional life as a professor, and he is best known because of his critical analysis of various social institutions; medicine and the human sciences being specific ones. He published many...

18 Mar 2009
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Human relationships in the teachings of Teresa of Avila

Thesis - 9 pages - Philosophy

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was the founder of the cloistered Carmelite order during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As the founder of a strict, cloistered order that emphasized poverty one might expect Teresa to have conservative views on issues like the value of human relationships. Her...

18 Mar 2009
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The development of Early Christianity

Thesis - 7 pages - Philosophy

Jesus lived in a time period called second temple Judaism. During the lifetime of Jesus, Judea, where Jerusalem was located, and Galilee, where Jesus lived and taught, were separate countries under Roman rule. Though dominated by Rome the Jews in those countries had a certain amount of autonomy...

18 Mar 2009
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A critical analysis of William James's statement on attention

Thesis - 5 pages - Philosophy

In this essay we will critically analyze the famous philosopher, William James' views on attention. James appears to be right when he describes anyone in this condition is not paying attention. When describing attention as the mind's taking possession of an object “in clear and vivid...

26 Feb 2009
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Colonial mentality in Filipino Immigrants

Essay - 4 pages - Philosophy

The Filipinos were among the first Asian groups to enter the U.S. Unlike other groups, they had a unique colonial history, and thereby their acculturating experiences were not the first encounter with discrimination they faced. Though they were considered nationals, they weren't citizens and...

20 Feb 2009
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Is man one or many?

Essay - 6 pages - Philosophy

This paper seeks to examine how three anthropologists, E.B. Tylor, Bronislaw Malinowski and Levi-Strauss address the question “is man one or many?” They were chosen on the basis of their being the leading figures of three different schools of thought, evolutionary anthropology,...

27 Jan 2009
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An essay outlining David Chalmers 'The Matrix as Metaphysics' hypothesis

Tutorials/exercises - 7 pages - Philosophy

This essay outlines David Chalmers Matrix hypothesis. Chalmers is a consciousness researcher with interests in philosophical questions. As we shall see he regards the Matrix theory as a Metaphysical hypothesis. Chalmers neither endorses the Matrix theory nor rejects it. Rather he respects it as a...