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05 May 2009
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Would I lie to you

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/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....

01 May 2009
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The mysticism of Teresa of Avila

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/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...

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

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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...

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

Thesis - 9 pages - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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...

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

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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 - Humanities/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...

27 Jan 2009
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The soul, according to Aristotle

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the work De Anima, Aristotle presents his account of the soul. He sees the soul as inexorably tied to a physical body. This is because the soul is a form, while the body is the matter that is acted upon. Inherent in this characterization of the soul is the idea that the soul is actuality while...

27 Jan 2009
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Myths of origin: Their role in religion and society

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

What is myth? For rationalists such as Muller, they provide pre-scientific explanations of natural phenomena. For functionalists such as Malinowski they are a "codification of belief", explaining rites and justifying norms. For Jung, myth provides expressions of a collective unconscious. (i.e....

21 Jan 2009
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Liberalism: What are the main concepts of liberalism?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Liberalism is a philosophy, or political movement that has, for an aim, the development of individual freedom. Since the concept of freedom evolved over time, liberalism evolved as well. However, some core assumptions never changed. First, let us consider how all the core concepts of liberalism...

19 Jan 2009
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What was 'Tito's way', and how successful was it?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Looking back at the time after the end of communism (Cuba and today's China being particular and Chavez not a communist), we basically find only three different ways of communism; the original one, the Lenino-Stalinism in the USSR, the latter one, China's Maoism, and finally the...

16 Jan 2009
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What is the relation (if any) between virtue and human flourishing?

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

When you shout at a passer-by in the street, and ask him what would be the most important goal in his life, he is likely to answer, like a majority of people that he wants to live happily. Then, we should raise the question: how could we achieve this happiness? More than two thousand years ago,...

15 Jan 2009
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Fascism, communism and totalitarianism

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“Fascism was the first mass-mobilizing development dictatorship that provided a frank, complete, and relatively coherent rationale for totalitarianism." Actually, Mussolini's doctrine of delayed industrialization was the first to openly affirm “the reality of production...

15 Jan 2009
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France and the United States: Two different approaches to feminism

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Feminism is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as “the belief that women should have the same economic, social, and political rights as men” . However, there is not a single definition for feminism. This notion is rather complex and controversial, and it cannot be fully...

15 Jan 2009
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The universal human rights concept and its roots in Western political thought

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Commitment to the idea of cultural relativism is usually seen as precluding the acceptance of the idea of universal human rights. But is relativism against universalism a false dichotomy? Can we construct a “differentiated universalism” or a “non-ethnocentric universalism”?...

15 Jan 2009
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The Australian Strine

Essay - 17 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Having spent my eight-month-stay between Sydney and Brisbane, respectively State capitals of New South Wales and Queensland, sharing Australians' life, and having also travelled a bit to other cities and States of the East Coast, I feel I must share my affection for this vast, exciting...

15 Jan 2009
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The rise of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The original idea of the Ku Klux Klan was born in the late 1865, in the minds of six young men -John Lester, James Crowe, John Kennedy, Richard Reed, Frank Mc Cord and Calvin Jones- in the quiet town of Pulaski, Tennessee. They were Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and were bored with...

15 Jan 2009
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The role of NGO's during wartime: humanitarian vs pacifist ideals

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Since the beginning of modern humanitarian action during wartime (with the birth of the ICRC), the question of the NGOs' role on the battlefields has been the subject of an important controversy, opposing humanitarian to pacifist ideals. Indeed, pacifists' main point was to denounce the...

15 Jan 2009
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Action is character, FS Fitzgerald

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In real life, what we do is supposed to reflect our personality. What we are - to the others - is first and foremost what we do and what we look like : we are judged by the others through the prism of our physical appearance and of our own behavior. Doing something...