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04 Dec 2012
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Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner

Case study - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Epistemology is the science of how we know. It strives to draw connections in order to clarify abstract concepts such as “meaning” and “reality”. These are broad subjects and each has many of its own sub-divisions. “Meaning” and “reality”, however, are...

03 Dec 2012
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Claireece Precious Jones

Case study - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In Sapphire's Push, the reader is immediately pulled into the harsh life of Claireece “Precious” Jones, a sixteen year old girl who lives in an abusive household with her two children, suffering rape and incest by her father as well as sexual and physical abuse from her mother....

07 Sep 2012
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Eternal recurrence as the ultimate test of life-affirmation

Case study - 13 pages - Humanities/philosophy

What is life-affirmation? To be sure it is the heart of all of Nietzsche's books (dare I say even of every word?). It is a holy Yes-saying to life, to one's world as it has been, is now, and as one will make it. The one who affirms life is not passive, but rather is alive...

03 Sep 2012
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Nietzsche and Freud on the "Oceanic Feeling"

Essay - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

It is indisputable that Nietzsche was a major influence on Freud's theories on psychoanalysis. Specifically within Freud's Civilization and its Discontents, and Nietzsche's essay “Schopenhauer as Educator,” there are clearly shared opinions on, for example, the necessity of examination...

03 Sep 2012
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Waxing historical

Essay - 10 pages - Humanities/philosophy

To say the very least, the period of German history dominated by the Nazis is a difficult one to study. For the historian, this period, located comfortably between the years 1933 and 1945, provides also one of the best tests of the his job, bringing up questions as large and elemental as...

27 Aug 2012
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Two Truths in Nietzsche's On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense

Case study - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

A common criticism brought against Nietzsche, especially regarding his essay On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense, is that Nietzsche seems to wholly refute the idea of an objective truth and to simultaneously express his own ideas and opinions with a confidence and assertion as if to suggest a...

27 Aug 2012
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A sociological account of a 'day in the life' of a drug

Case study - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

He saw her across the room. Even through the dim lighting and stuffy haze of his own muddled thoughts recognized her. Even though she was clearly one of those group, social druggies, surrounded by other exceedingly loud or exceedingly companionable, rosy-faced drunks, and completely on the...

22 Aug 2012
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Film as permission to realize again the fantastic

Case study - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The concepts of “fantasy” and “reality” when placed together are often recognized as two parts to a single dichotomy. The separation is easily continued to include such corresponding pairings as childhood-adulthood, idealism-realism, and also genius-science. The total result...

28 Jun 2012
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Go tell it on the mountain

Essay - 10 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“Go tell it on the Mountain” is an exceptional novel that portrays the life of John, the main character. John's life as articulated through the novel is an accurate representation of James Baldwin's life. The quote above demonstrates John being saved as one of the “saints” of...

28 Jun 2012
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Ethnic Nationalism and Conflict: Yugoslavia and Germany

Essay - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

“Nationalism, as Michnik points out, is a device for avoiding responsibility. By identifying “the other,” which may be an ethnic minority, neighbors, or even just political opponents, as an enemy bent on subverting the nation, nationalist can shift blame for every social ill from...

28 Jun 2012
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Blacks, Jews, and Gendered Representations

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The gendered representations of Blacks and Jews have caused them to struggle with their identities as people in American society. The stereotypes that have arisen from these representations have given two options to these marginalized groups of people:(1) either follow the predisposed vision the...

28 Jun 2012
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Archeology Constructing the Past

Case study - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Archeological findings provide a way in which pieces of the past can be discovered. This information is useful for providing insight as to how we've evolved technologically and socially. However, it has become increasingly difficult in determining how this information should be circulated. The...

28 Jun 2012
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Afro-Modernity

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Berger defined photography as “a way of seeing.” A photographer's “lens” represents their way of seeing. An image that is circulated amongst communities that produces a communal way of seeing. Thus, representations of groups of people have come to lie in the hands of those...

28 Jun 2012
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War on Drugs

Essay - 14 pages - Humanities/philosophy

For a culmination of years, scholars have argued the use of policing and other security strategies as risk management strategies to solve complex social criminality. Criminality is such a complex subject that governance have turned to producing risk management strategies that do not fix the...

29 May 2012
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The View of an Originalist

Book review - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In Keith Whittington's book, Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review, he uses a quote, originally articulated by Plato, that helps explain the diametrically opposing views the judicial system faces today: And once a thing is put in writing, the...

24 May 2012
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Examination of the My Lai massacre- one of the most infamous events of the Vietnam War Review of the book "My Lai: A Brief History with Documents" (James Stuart Olson, Randy Roberts)

Book review - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This report will look at the book My Lai. Written by the history professors James S. Olson and Randy Roberts. Distinguished Professor of History in Houston, James S Olson is a historian whose main concern is recent American history. In this respect, he had been very...

22 May 2012
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Did you choose to answer this question?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In this essay I will argue that it is possible that I had the free will to choose this question even in the face of hard-determinist opposition. I will reach this conclusion after outlining Clarence Darrow's argument for determinism, suggesting that my decisions had no freedom in the choice of...

07 Jul 2011
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'Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals' - Applied Philosophy?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Immanuel Kant's presentation of the categorical imperative in 'Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals' is considered by some as his most famous work. His presentation is accompanied by examples intended to show the categorical imperative. In this paper, I present a critique of...

05 Jul 2011
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The Ten Oxherding Pictures

Dissertation - 19 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The 'Ten Oxherding Pictures' are also known as jugyuzu and are the creation of 12th century Kakuan Shion Zenji, a Buddhist priest who lived on Mount Ryozan in China during the end of the Northern Sung Dynasty (1126-1279 AD). He taught that all beings are fundamentally endowed with...

29 Jun 2011
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The Earth as our Blanket: The Struggle for Human Importance, as described by Annie Dillard in 'For the Time Being' and Karen Armstrong in 'The Case for God'

Book review - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Humans are neither individually special nor even so collectively supreme as we have lately been purporting to be. This is what Amy Dillard, in 'For the Time Being' and Karen Armstrong, in 'The Case For God', operating on the framework that God is unexplainable, focus on the human...

29 Jun 2011
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The Order of the Eastern Star: A Vehicle for environmental Good?

Essay - 9 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Order of the Eastern Star is not, technically, a religion (or, at least, its followers refuse to designate it as such). In the words of the present day Grand Secretary, it is “not intended to replace a religion,” but to complement one. The Order is a fraternal organization that...

29 Jun 2011
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Why I'm More Important than You Are: A Case for Agent-Centered Prerogatives

Dissertation - 35 pages - Humanities/philosophy

We are acting permissibly when we do things like go to the movies once a year, or even once a month. Most of us would find it ridiculous if we were told we actually were not permitted to do these things. I consider anyone who disagrees with this claim to be outside of the accepted...

29 Jun 2011
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The Problem with the 'Grue Problem'

Book review - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Nelson Goodman, in his book 'Fact, Fiction and Forecast', presents a well known problem he calls “The New Riddle of Induction.” It seeks to criticize a basic kind of inductive reasoning most notably characterized by the phrase “all emeralds are green.” ...

28 Jun 2011
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Sample Statement of Purpose - For a Philosopher

Course material - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

I haven't always wanted to be a philosopher. In fact, I've wanted to be many other things: a writer, a psychologist, an artist, perhaps even a scientist or doctor. As a child, I grew up imagining the things I wanted to be, but never what I wanted to do. "You can be anything you want to...

27 Jun 2011
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Women in Ancient Societies

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The roles and treatment of women in ancient societies varied greatly. Depending on which society is observed, one would have witnessed many different rules for the female population. Some societies were cruel and others were much more lenient and fair. Women in ancient...

06 Jun 2011
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Nietzsche's 'The Birth of Tragedy'

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In Nietzsche's 'The Birth of Tragedy', he addresses a specific problem: how to establish a German nation-state in the modern social and political environment. Nietzsche begins with the question of how to model a state in the modern period that is not liberal, but, at the same time, is not...

26 Apr 2011
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Political philosophies of Edmund Burke and Jean Jacques Rousseau

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Jean Jacques Rousseau and Edmund Burke were great political thinkers with different views on human nature, civil society, government, religion, and the extent of human rights. Rousseau believes that men have inalienable rights and possess the ability to destroy and rebuild the government...

16 Apr 2011
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Self-Love as it connects to the theme of "recognition"

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There is no concept of more importance to an individual's sense of recognition than the idea of self-love. Self-love helps one to better theorize recognition because it provides necessary contexts, reasoning and often difficulty to measure individuality in the topic of recognition. Self-love...

31 Jan 2011
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The Overman and the Eternal Recurrence

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra', Friedrich Nietzsche concludes that in an infinite universe where there is no God, every finite event recurs eternally. As only the Overman can embrace this concept of eternal recurrence, it is necessary to attain mastery over the will to power. Since...

27 Jan 2011
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Market Islam: The other Conservative Revolution' by Patrick Haenni (2005)

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The West, in the post September 11, 2001 days, is characterized by its mistrust of the currents of radical Islam, Islam is considered the new enemy. Among the hawks and those who fuel the enmity towards Islam, the confusion is common, and the lack of reliable information means that any...