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24 May 2012

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

09 Dec 2010

"In twenty years' time, nobody will write letters"

Thesis - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The advance of technology is more and more progressing. We use less paper and pen to communicate; these tools have been replaced by new technologies such as SMS or email. We can ask ourselves if in twenty years we will write letters. We'll see in the first part the advanced techniques which...

30 Nov 2010

A new economic model: Development, justice and freedom - Amartya SEN

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

From the beginning of the industrial revolution, development has been seen as the accumulation of capital. Several economists have tried to expand it, considering this definition to be simplistic and harsh. Until the sixties, the "human factor" was included in the concept of productive capital,...

30 Nov 2010

Project of econometrics: Causes of infant mortality in Africa (2006)

Thesis - 20 pages - Humanities/philosophy

My study focuses on child mortality in Africa. According to UNICEF figures, the mortality rate among children under 5 years varies considerably from one country to another, and is amplified in certain countries. For this international organization whose responsibility is the protection of...

28 Nov 2010

"Nagel argues that life is necessarily absurd" - An argument to prove the statement is wrong

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Nagel begins his article with a generic claim: “Most people feel on occasion that life is absurd, and some feel it vividly and continually” (Nagel, 1971) and then proceeds to offer standard arguments he feels are inadequate for the justification of such; the basic outlines (and...

29 Sep 2010

If you were given a chance to create an ideal society, what would it be?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

It always seems dangerous to talk about an 'ideal society' because this is exactly what all the totalitarian and authoritarian regimes have been looking for. It has also been the ultimate purpose of all politics since Antiquity and one of the biggest dream of humankind. First of all, an...

29 Sep 2010

Hobbes and the question of Legitimate Authority in the Leviathan: liberalism or fascism avant la lettre?

Book review - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Hobbes contends that the human state of nature exists where every man is at war with every other man and in order to free ourselves from this state, we must relinquish all of our rights to one unified authority. The intention of this sovereign body is supposedly to serve the good of the people,...

29 Sep 2010

Analysis of Socrates' Crito

Book review - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Crito strikes us as an oddly shocking story simply because Socrates, who was once portrayed as a loyalist to the gods, now argues the importance and essentiality of obedience to the laws of the state. It is natural to find The Crito surprising because Plato had described Socrates in The...

29 Sep 2010

Compare and contrast Rousseau's and Tocqueville's accounts of the civil function of religion in a democracy. Consider closely the respective merits of their case before offering your own assessment

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Rousseau and Tocqueville fundamentally agree that the civil function of religion is to strengthen the bond that exists between the people and the law. However, the two men differ in their views on how this bond should be strengthened. Rousseau argues in favor of a new, civil religion being...

29 Sep 2010

Comparing the ideas of sovereignty of Hobbes and Rousseau

Book review - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

As the study revolves around the notion of sovereignty, it is important to know what sovereignty is. Presenting the definition given by a dictionary might be of no use, but it could partially enlighten us of what we are discussing. Various dictionaries offer alternative definitions for...

29 Sep 2010

Contemporary theories of Justice- Essay : is the principle of Fair Equality of Opportunity (FEO) defensible?

Essay - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The principle of Fair Equality of Opportunity (FEO) is a part of Rawls' theory of justice, detailed in his Theory of Justice (1971) . This principle emerges from Rawl's distinction of the classical liberal of ?careers open to talents' -or "formal equality of opportunity?- from...

29 Sep 2010

Race, culture, civilisation

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

As we can observe daily uses of concepts like race, culture, or civilization through newspapers, magazines, TV shows, etc. The need of defining them occurs repeatedly. What then are we talking about with respect to the concept of culture? Is it a political, artistic, or even ethnic pattern of...

29 Sep 2010

Living spaces : Social construction of habitat: the anthropological and social-historical origins of the house and home from the point of view of its fundamental and continuing significance to civilization

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

What could possibly be the common features amongst Inuit Igloos, Native American tepees and Swiss chalets? At face value, there is not much of a similarity as they belong to three very unique cultures. Nevertheless in this situation, it is relevant enough to draw a comparison amongst all these...

29 Sep 2010

Does Rawl's account of the original position imply any theory of the person, or of personal identity?

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Rawls account of the 'original position' is subject to many criticisms from communitarian philosophers. While this account constitutes the very basis from which he derives his theory of justice, it is regarded as being flawed and thus compromises the validity of his whole theory. The...

29 Sep 2010

What are the differences between Locke's and Hobbes' notions of the "state of nature"?

Essay - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are probably the most famous political thinkers of the 17th century. The generally accepted view asserts that these authors were poles apart, the first one advocating an absolutist regime and the latter recommending a stable civil society where powers are separated....

29 Sep 2010

"The French lost the language war", argues John Kay. Do you agree?

Essay - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Language has become an important issue due to globalization. Previously if a person spoke only one language it did not matter much. However the situation is completely different in the modern world. Learning English has become mandatory for every individual to surive in the globalized world. John...