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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...

15 Jan 2009
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Moral and Overman - Study based on: Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer By Friedrich Nietzsche

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“There are more idols than realities in the world. […] This time it is not contemporary idols but eternal idols that are being touched here with the hammer as if with a turning fork”. This “revaluation of all values”, an expression that Nietzsche would use numerous times...

15 Jan 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? - published: 15/01/2009

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Even after a settlement is reached and a peace agreement is signed, this 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 are necessary. Indeed it is the necessary first step to reconciliation to appear and people who...

15 Jan 2009
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How can MacIntyre claim that some traditions, but not others, can escape the problem of incommensurability in their moral reasoning?

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

From the moment we abandoned Aristotle's teleology, MacIntyre believes, there has been no proper moral philosophy, but only philosophers "working ... with bits and pieces of philosophies which are detached from their original pre-Enlightenment settings in which they were comprehensible...

15 Jan 2009
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Judaism and Rechtsstaat

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The modern political philosophy, influenced by the Enlightenment and the ideal of individual liberty developed by Locke, considers that the political sphere must be independent from the religious sphere. In Israel, this separation between the State and the religion is not so clear. The...

15 Jan 2009
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Medieval Renewal: The Pre-Raphaelites' Quest for the Holy Grail and Arthurian Legends

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Holy Grail is usually considered to be the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper and the one used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch his blood as he hung on the cross. This significance was introduced into the Arthurian legends. In earlier sources and in some later ones, the Grail is...

15 Jan 2009
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Alterglobalisation: "Another world is possible?"

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the mid-eighties there were huge criticisms caused by the liberal policy carried out both by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. There were, especially in the United Kingdom, a lot of strikes and manifestations against the neo-liberalism. However, Margaret Thatcher, answering to an interview...

15 Jan 2009
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Second Life

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Last time, we listened to a presentation on YouTube and the various problems raised by this website. Today, the subject is as topical as YouTube and we stay on the Web, because we are going to talk about another website called Second Life.Created in 2003 by Linden Lab, it became famous a year...

15 Jan 2009
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Propaganda is necessary for the functioning and survival of human society. Discuss

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“Propaganda, by whatever name we may call it, has become a very general phenomenon in the modern world. Differences in political regimes matter little; differences in social levels are more important; and most important is national self-awareness.”(1) Actually, propaganda is a large...

13 Jan 2009
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Issues in and around Liberal Theory: What is Liberalism?

Essay - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“In this essay I shall propose a theory about what liberalism is”. Dworkin's project is here clearly exposed. And, as most political thinkers when they try to define a coherent theory at the fundaments of actual political movements, “I face an immediate problem. My project supposes...

13 Jan 2009
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Assess why the era of embedded liberalism (1945-1974) came to an end

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

One of the most important events of the 1970s was the end of the era of embedded liberalism; it brought about a change in the world order. Embedded liberalism was weakened, if not undermined, not by neo-protectionism, but by neo-liberalism (Adrian Jones 2005). Neo-liberalism entails heightened...

13 Jan 2009
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Globalisation and peace in the twenty-first century: a structuralist approach

Thesis - 15 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In his Glance at today's world (1931), French poet Paul Valéry wrote "Le temps du monde fini commence" (1). By "monde fini", he meant that the world now had well-established geographical limits, implying there was no more Terra incognita or utopia where to transpose our dreams, either in...

12 Jan 2009
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Roma Housing in the Czech Republic

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The English documentary “Gypsies, tramps and thieves?” realised by Kate Blewett and Bryan Woods in 1999 notably shows a Roma young mother who lives in revolting conditions in a single room shared with twenty-three other Roma. We can see them piled up in a very small space. The toilettes...

12 Jan 2009
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Was Arendt's pessimism about modern liberal society justified?

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Hannah Arendt was born in 1906 in Germany, being the only child of middle-class Jewish parents of Russian descent. As a university student, she was one of the most brilliant and studied with the finest scholars of the time. Arendt in 1933 left Germany for France, and was even interned there for a...

09 Jan 2009
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Mercantilism

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Mercantilism was both an economical policy and different theoretical ideas. It was typically a European phenomenon which reached its highest development in the seventeenth century. It slowly disappeared during the eighteenth century. Thus, mercantilism covered the period from the Renaissance to...

09 Jan 2009
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Patriarchal ideology, gender and media

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In a study carried out in the mid-70s, B. Miles (1975: pg.un) found that the proportion of men and women in situation comedies was nearly similar. However, the author points out that ‘the gender roles and the humor could still be traditional and sexist'. Thus, what we need to study...

04 Dec 2008
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Late modern institutions and collective action

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There is no phenomenon more central or germane to the future of collective action than the conflict ridden process of institutionalization. This leads to an inquiry into a number of approaches in this contribution. Where does the institutionalization process begin, as it weaves itself deeper and...

25 Nov 2008
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On Grace: A study of Aquinas and Luther's philosophies of grace

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The theology of grace is one of the most widely argued topics in all of Christian doctrine. So heavily debated is it that nearly all of the great theologians and philosophers of Christianity have at some point argued their case regarding grace. Two of the leading thinkers of the Christian Faith,...

19 Nov 2008
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Even this simple paper is beautiful: American beauty as a philosophical primer

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

An American Beauty, in the most literal of senses, refers to a breed of roses. The breed of roses first seen in the movie of the same name are most likely that breed. The appropriateness of that name is without question. The American Beauty is an aesthetically pleasing rose. It is, as the name...

04 Nov 2008
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The Bergsonian martial artist : Bruce Lee's philosophies on the martial arts

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Bruce Lee, international film star, martial arts master, and founder of Jeet Kune Do, received his undergraduate training in Philosophy at the University of Washington in Seattle during the early 1960's. He studied Eastern and Western Philosophy, as well as the history of thought. It is unknown...

10 Oct 2008
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The origins of human aggression and just war theory

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Critics of just war theory will remind people of its theoretical nature and inability to prevent a war. While this is certainly true, in that politicians in power are unlikely to attempt to use just war theory to prove that their cause is just before entering a war, the theory enables...

10 Sep 2008
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The State of the Tibetan People as a minority experiencing complex social conflict and proposal to United Nations for applied second track intervention

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This proposal outlines some of the conflicts associated with the Tibetan people as the repressed and overtaken minority within the People's Republic of China. Currently, social conflict is one of the most critical issues facing Tibetans today. This document attempts to direct all concerned...

09 Sep 2008
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Approaching death: A literature review on end-of-life care

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Before the 1950's many a lot of people died at home with the family around. They often died quickly of illnesses such as influenza, measles or scarlet fever. Today, as medical technology creates more and more tools and medicines to prolong lives, human beings are faced with the difficult process...

04 Sep 2008
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Empirical feasibility in Kant's Perpetual Peace

Book review - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In his essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, Immanuel Kant prescribes the means of attaining a worldwide peace among nations. In theory, Kant's idea of achieving Perpetual Peace relies not on reactionary peaceful measures of ending wars once they have begun, but instead on creating a...

01 Sep 2008
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The resurrection of narrative: Postmodern positions on knowledge in the work of Cormac McCarthy

Book review - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

‘For this world also which seems to us a thing of stone and flower and blood is not a thing at all but is a tale.' Cormac McCarthy, by profession, is concerned with narrative. Being so concerned, conclusions can be drawn by clues both explicit and implicit pertaining to McCarthy's...

28 Aug 2008
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Gandhi and the doctrine of mind only truth and the void of being

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Gandhi's thought follows in the footsteps of a philosophical tradition whose founders examined the nature of reality through the internal realm of the spirit. Their works described a constant and unceasing search for what is real, a journey that questioned the very means by which we perceive and...

18 Aug 2008
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Chivalry: Arisen from the dead or buried for good?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The purpose of this research is to answer whether or not men on the UCSB campus conform to society's traits of being a gentleman. When we are young, theories of etiquette and manners are instilled in us. Many of us grow up and continue to be courteous and show people kindness as a...

30 Jul 2008
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Tangled claims and tensions in Heidegger's rectorate address

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the following paper we will undertake a close analysis of “The Self-Assertion of the German University,” Martin Heidegger's address to the University of Freiburg upon assuming the rectorship at the school. Though space constraints dictate that we cannot explicate and critique...