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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...

11 Feb 2008
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Greco-Roman Banquets: Applications to Biblical Analysis

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The author of this meager submission once attended a birthday banquet at the local McDonald's establishment in the far southwestern corner of Oklahoma. The highlight of this social outing, which must have included many compelling and edifying moments, consisted of a game in which...

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,...

07 Dec 2007
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Who Has Final Control Over Our Bodies: Me, You, or God?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Human beings, as superior animals, are born with unique cognitive processes that we have yet to identify in other animals. It is our cognition, our thoughts that set us apart from other creatures and make us who we are. However, our ability to think and analyze is also what causes us to question...

04 Dec 2007
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Homer and the Futility of War

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Rage. Rage is the first word that starts the Iliad (1.1), and as beginnings go it is a substantial foundation for the story told, however leaving the question “Which Rage?”. The rage of Achilles at the death of Patrokles, the rage of Menelaus at the theft of Helen, these are the...

04 Dec 2007
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What is Practical Wisdom?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Aristotle within his Nicomachean Ethics defines the different regions of the soul, especially the virtues and functions of each. After all his contemplation over universal ideas, such as the very essence and base of justice and wisdom, he also realized the soul must contain a part to contemplate...

04 Dec 2007
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Nietzsche: Genealogy of Morals

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Good versus Evil, this is the ever present conflict in human morality and while nearly one third of the modern world supports this doctrine by supporting Christianity, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche abhors this division of morals. His essay, Genealogy of Morals, remembers that once Good...

03 Dec 2007
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Carpe Diem? Try Tomorrow

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Initially, I sat in front of a blank page contemplating how to start the introduction, how to draw the reader in. But after an hour, it became clear to me that I could not easily conjure up a stylish lead-in with the subject matter. So here I am addressing the issue flat out....

30 Nov 2007
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The North Indian Tabla Drum as Saivite Hindu Religious Path

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The traditions of Hindustani (North Indian) tabla drumming gather the various strands of culture that exist in India into a complex social tapestry. In order to understand the cultural phenomenon of tabla music, it must be heard within the context of an Indian heritage originating from a wide...

27 Nov 2007
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Anthrologists in Disagreement over Cockfighting

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In anthropological theory there has been a clear division and consistent debate between cultural materialists and non-materialist symbolic anthropologists. Theorists such as Marvin Harris and Julian Steward are exemplary of the materialist position, while others such as Sherry B. Ortner...

04 Nov 2007
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The Flavor and Sound of Liberation

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The versatile musical functionality of the tabla reflects its utility as an instrument of contemplation. As the rhythmic expression of the drone, the tabla focuses the listener's attention on the present musical moment. From a psychological perspective, “the basis of listening is the...

04 Nov 2007
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Devotion and Musical Practice in North India

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The guru-shisya parampara is the system of master/disciple lineage that characterizes the traditional education system of North Indian music. The term parampara, ‘disciplic succession,' is introduced in the Bhagavad-gita (4.2), when Krsna tells Arjuna: “This Knowledge of yoga...

04 Nov 2007
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Longing For HER: Ferlinghetti's Mad Quest for the Muse

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

While Lawrence Ferlinghetti makes no claim to being enlightened, his poetry is nonetheless a record of and reaction to the sacred journey. While it is illuminating to read words of the awakened prophets of world history, I think it can be as rewarding to read the work of those who, sincere in...

04 Nov 2007
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The Inner Soundscape of Nada-Yoga: Sonic Path of Union

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Himalayan religious traditions (Saivite Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Bon-po) are related by a common heritage of esoteric practices intended to unify the religious aspirant with the ultimate reality (as defined by the particular tradition). This gnosis is defined variously as dzogchen...

28 Oct 2007
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Concise Summary of Descartes' Reasoning in "Meditations on First Philosophy"

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Descartes' Meditation One sets out his purpose of creating a new scientific paradigm to be based on a foundation built above the wreckage of his former opinions. He sought a reason to doubt the entire canon of his opinions so that he might begin “to establish anything firm and lasting in the...

28 Oct 2007
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Exposition of Kant's "Copernican Revolution" in Philosophy

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Taking their cue from the scientific philosophy of Francis Bacon, the thinkers of the Enlightenment assumed that the mind acted as a mirror, simply reflecting images of outward objects onto the subjective self. Immanuel Kant proposed a reorientation in which the relation between subject and...