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08 Oct 2007

On the Education of Edgar

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“For doubting pleases me no less than knowing.” This quote by Dante which Montaigne uses in his essays strikes at the heart of his ideas about education. He believes that the ancient ways of Aristotle, where one learns through the text of learned men, are outdated because it...

08 Oct 2007

The Ethics of Cheating: A Look into the Decision of Harry Potter

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In an attempt to test the Aristotelian method discussed in Nicomachean Ethics, I have chosen to discuss the dilemma of cheating. I have chosen this topic in an attempt to be as impartial as possible while discussing at and I have a thorough knowledge of the subject taking part in and witnessing...

08 Oct 2007

Gandhi's Experiments with Truth

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The concept of truth is the central aspect of religion. What is truth? How is it attained? These questions have been the focal points of theological discussion throughout history. Gandhi suggested that truth can be found in his concepts of Satyagraha, or total self-renunciation, and...

03 Oct 2007

The Form and Function of Sufi Mystical Visions

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Experience of direct union with God is most often reported to be of an ineffable nature that transcends any means of description. Mystical visions, however, afford the subject of such experiences the ability to interpret, through the hermeneutics of religious symbolism, what might otherwise be...

03 Oct 2007

The Relationship of Being and Perception in Enlightenment Philosophy

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The philosophical efforts of the Enlightenment thinkers were based on the relationship between metaphysics and epistemology. Descartes, Leibniz and Berkeley progress in their understandings of being by refining the means by which they are able to make justified claims to knowledge. In a...

02 Oct 2007

Utopian Thought: Political Perfection Built Upon Human Imperfection

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Utopian fiction, a genre originated by Sir Thomas More in 1516, attempts to expound political theory under the guise of fiction. The narration of these works is essential to the communication of political ideas, as the integrity of the political information conveyed hinges on the actual...

02 Oct 2007

Arguing Their Way to Salvation: Eschatology in Jewish-Christian Polemics of the Middle Ages

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This essay will investigate how issues of Jewish messianism and eschatology were used as polemical devices in medieval disputations between Jews and their Christian interlocutors. Eschatology, the system of religious beliefs about the end of time, is a crucial theme in medieval Judeo-Christian...

02 Oct 2007

Religion as Means for Social Mechanization in Dystopia

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Dystopian literature describes societies in which Government seizes total control over its citizens by eliminating their sense of individual self, and in turn, efficiently regulating their personal desires. Only with deviant selfishness can a member of dystopian society regain his personal...

02 Oct 2007

Embodying Emptiness: (Anti-) Aesthetics of the Prajnaparamita-Hrdaya Sutra

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Prajna-paramita Hrdaya Sutra, the 'heart' of the Mahayana tradition, represents the Buddhist anti-aesthetic of complete enlightenment in which the perception of any dualistic reality is a view of the deluded mind. The Heart Sutra is Avalokitesvara's explanation of the...

02 Oct 2007

Sufi Love: Submission to the Beautiful

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The practical and esoteric dimensions of Islam intertwine in the Sufi tradition to forge a non-dual relationship between the worshipper and God. Sufis augment their adherence to the Q'uranic doctrine of submission to God (Islam) with a passionate love for “doing the beautiful”...

02 Oct 2007

A Discussion of Panpsychism: The Metaphysics of Consciousness

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Panpsychism describes a world in which “everything has a mind (Chalmers 298),” and everything- animal, botanical, even mineral- is conscious. In order to determine whether or not all things are indeed conscious, two problems must be addressed. A definition of what it means to be...

02 Oct 2007

Personal and Societal Alchemy in Early Daoist Scriptures

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The principle of interconnectedness pervades the worldviews of the Daoist and Buddhist religions originating from India and China. It is fitting that the traditions themselves are historically and textually interconnected in a way that finds traditions intermingling by borrowing teachings and...

02 Oct 2007

Ideology and War: Pacifism and Eschatological Militarism in Foreign Policy

Essay - 9 pages - Humanities/philosophy

War is a situation that embodies the principle of duality: one side is pitted against another in an “an act of violence intended to compel an opponent to fulfill our will .” That will, whatever it may be, “has its root in a political object ” that is determined within...

02 Oct 2007

The Daode Jing: Manual for Cosmic Living

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Daode Jing is a manual, attributed to Laozi, suggesting that non-action (wu-wei) is a way by which one may exist in accord with the cosmic principle of Dao and thus ensure a virtuous self and society. By cultivating the individual body, the Daoist sage in turn cultivates the social body. This...

02 Oct 2007

A Timeless Debate

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

At a lecture given at our own Stony Brook University, Michael Ratner asserts that “Justice is losing its power” . What Michael Ratner, the defending lawyer for many prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay, means by this daring statement is that America is losing sight of its...

02 Oct 2007

A Question of Filial Piety

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Should we publicly accuse our own parents of a crime, which will undoubtedly result in their punishment? This age old question has been debated for millennia throughout the world with varied and countless legitimate arguments swaying people's opinions from one side to the other. It is unclear if...

30 Aug 2007

Ego Trips and Empathy Falls

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Although both drastically different in philosophy, Surrealism and Russian Futurism failed to endure, but in similar ways. Surrealism, as defined by Andre Breton, is grounded in past philosophies while Mayakovsky's Russian futurism floats somewhere in an intangible future. Breton often channels...

30 Aug 2007

My Apologies

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

At first it seems daunting, attempting to fill four to six pages with insight pertaining to just one topic: apologies. However, as I reflect, I realize the true difficult task proves summing up the entire universe a single apology unlocks into a paper. Thomas Scheff begins his...

30 Aug 2007

God: Creator or Created?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Ever since the Renaissance movement, when the question was finally free of its taboo status, there has been widespread and public debate among philosophers, theologians, and scientists as to the existence of God. With the exception of theologians, the debate has been internal as well as external,...

07 Aug 2007

Applying Richards' Relational Theory of Value to Animal Rights

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The debate concerning the rights of animals has mostly been confined to assertions of absolute moral value. Before Peter Singer, nearly all philosophers declared animals inherently devoid of rights on various grounds. Traditional religious thinkers emphasized the soullessness of...

04 Jun 2007

Is Cohen More "Jewish" Than Dylan - or vice versa? Why or Why Not?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

During the sixties, which came along with the Civil Rights movement, the diverse ethnic whites in the United States displayed an increase willingness to emphasize their distinct identity. Leonard Cohen and Robert Allen Zimmerman, alias Bob Dylan, were two major musical figures of this era. Both...

04 Jun 2007

Essays on Jewish Culture

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This paper includes two essays: -A Jewish-Christian Symbiosis: The Culture of Early Ashkenaz, Ivan G. Marcus : Ashkenazic Jews living in Northern and Eastern Europe differ from Sephardic Jews from Southern Europe in their respective relationships with...

10 May 2007

Unger's Views on Skepticism and Certainty

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Peter Unger applies a unique approach to skepticism. In his essay, “An Argument for Skepticism”, he endorses the concept by insisting that if one is not a skeptic, he/she must be (more or less) dogmatic. The way in which he supports this is by attempting to prove that...

10 May 2007

Hilary Putnam on Realism and Relativism

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Perhaps one of the most widely and longest-held issues that have been debated in the study of philosophy, is that of the dispute over the way in which we as humans can accurately describe the external world with regards to our everyday lives. Philosophers range in opinion from a view in...

07 May 2007

Divine Flaws

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The question of whether gods are capable of being flawed has long preoccupied theologists and philosophers alike. The mythological deities of the ancient Greek pantheon possessed a myriad of humanistic attributes, including a wide range of notable character flaws; Zeus, of course,...

03 May 2007

The Road to the Good Life?

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Today, when people use the word stoic, they often are not referring to the philosophical tradition, but to a type of person who does not show much outward emotion, someone who is strong in the face of tragedy or pain. However, in a culture in which we are encouraged to express our...

03 May 2007

A Defense of the Capabilities Approach

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There is no country in the world where women are treated equally to men. Women are consistently fed less than men, given fewer educational opportunities, and fewer freedoms. Situations in developing countries are often more overtly detrimental to women, for example in India, it is...

24 Apr 2007

Transcending the Fallacy of the Binary Through Ambivalence

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

A thought process that appears to be common to all humans is that of setting up binaries. It is a tendency that exists across cultures and since “the beginning of time.” This may be because it is easier to define what something is not than what it actually is. The...

24 Apr 2007

Alatiel and Helen: War Caused by Beauty?

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Few storylines are more familiar than that of the woman so beautiful that men cannot resist her and will stop short of nothing, even murder or treachery, to possess her. The most famous of these women is of course, Helen, with “the face that launched a thousand ships,” many of...

24 Apr 2007

The Problematic Third Speech of the Phaedrus and Ficino's Neoplatonic Reinterpretation

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There has been much scholarly debate concerning the relative merit of the three speeches in Plato's Phaedrus; the third speech, in particular, is much contested. While the first two speeches are undeniably mired in self-contradiction and materialism, the third speech, though mythical in...