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24 Feb 2010

Plato and chance: How the two connect

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

With many students today viewing Plato as a distant figure of yesterday's literature, how can we use his writings to shed light onto today's contemporary writings? Such a classic writer has provided us with many works of art that seem to be obsolete and aged when viewed with the naked eye....

24 Feb 2010

Friedrich Nietzsche: The "bad boy" of Western philosophy

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is viewed as the “bad boy” of Western philosophy by many of his day. This is due to his critical views of moralities. However, he has always considered himself as having “a more severe morality than anybody.” His views were most likely...

24 Feb 2010

Rousseau: Looking back to learn about today

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is an English philosopher that is best known for his work in political philosophy and in the early stages of today's political science. In order to further understand the present day, he chose to create his Human Nature Argument. This argument surrounds the mental...

24 Feb 2010

A man on his own

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Albert Camus (1913-1960) contributes insightful ideas into the philosophical genre of Existentialism. Here, he introduces his concept of the “absurd” or how it differs from the traditional sense of the word. After being acquainted with his work, it is evident how he prefers actual...

24 Feb 2010

Human difference: Evolutionary theory, racial theory and Marxist theory

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In this paper, I am going to outline the differences between three theories which propose to explain differences in humans along the lines of sex, skin color, and monetary wealth. I argue that each theory is a specific way of constructing reality, inseparable from the social conditions in...

24 Feb 2010

Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil", from the 'Natural History of Morals'

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the chapter "Beyond Good and Evil", Nietzsche criticizes the prevailing moral system of his time. Before I even begin to discuss Nietzsche's criticism, I would like to define "moral system". A moral system can be broken down into content, representation, and justification....

23 Feb 2010

Biographical approach to The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

There are many factors that influence an author and their work such as the time period they are living in as well as the experiences they had that shaped them. In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, there are many parallels from the life of the fictional character Gregor Samsa, to Kafka's...

16 Feb 2010

Zizek's concept of two revolutions

Thesis - 9 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Slavoj Zizek is a leading Marxist sociology academic, whose work is well publicized as utilizing the works of leading French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in reinterpreting contemporary socio-political trends (Parker, p.120). Moreover, it has been posited that it was with Zizek's “The...

15 Feb 2010

The mechanical philosophy before Descartes

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

René Descartes, a French philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1596 to 1650, is well known for outlining a mechanical philosophy intended to replace the traditional Aristotelian system. His mechanical philosophy centered on the idea of matter in motion; he believed the contact and...

22 Jan 2010

The Hindu view on creation of nature

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Kavir Dev (kabir parmeshwar) has himself given the knowledge of the nature created by Him which is as follows- In the beginning, there was only one place ‘Anami (Anamay) Lok', which is also known as Akah Lok. The Supreme God used to live alone in the Anami Lok. The real name of that...

28 Dec 2009

Theodicy and it's responses

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The problem of theodicy and what the appropriate response to said problem is an issue that torments theologians. I will argue that the most suitable response to this problem is in Metz's efforts in straying from the standard approach by admitting that theology cannot solve the theodicy...

28 Dec 2009

Niebuhr, Hauerwas and Pacifism

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The relationship between politics and religion in the United States is a hotly debated subject. I will examine the way in which Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas negotiate the relationship between politics and religion by examining their views on pacifism in the Christian religion and...

23 Nov 2009

Confucian study, East Asia and the process by which women were educated

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

According to the Confucian understanding of gender, “[a] woman is only virtuous if she is untalented. ” They key to this postulate is the word ‘virtuous.' Virtuous, unlike any other synonym that the author could have chosen, indicates a sense of purity, specifically, purity in a...

13 Nov 2009

Dualism and behaviorism fail to reconcile

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

I will compare the Cartesian mind to the Skinnerian characterization of behavior. The Cartesian mind is an entity separate from body and it affects behavior while the Skinnerian characterization of behavior is exclusively contingent upon re-in forcers from the external environment. The Skinnerian...

13 Nov 2009

The original position: Nozick's and Rawl's theory of theory of justice

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Original Position is when people have conception of the good, are rational, and contain a sense of justice. The concept of the good can be conflicting and opinion oriented, but the sense of justice is institutes what is right or wrong. In the Original Position don't have the “Veil of...

04 Nov 2009

How women perceive one another across the religious divide from the secular to Judeo-Christian to the Muslim community

Thesis - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Beginning with a macro question, my research is defined by a more nuanced context. Through reflecting on the different positions and sensitivities around how we define ‘others', an examination of how women perceive each other across the religious divide from the secular to Judeo-Christian to...

21 Oct 2009

Invasion of the body snatcher

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

A doctor must make a moral decision. He works in a hospital and has five deathly ill patients to look after. Each patient needs one organ to stay alive. A pizza delivery man enters the hospital. The delivery man is an organ match for all of the patients who are desperate and in need. The doctor...

07 Oct 2009

Descartes' views on mind, body and substance dualism

Thesis - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

French philosopher Descartes makes it very clear, when making the comparison between body and mind, two substances which he calls the ‘thinking thing' (res cogitans) and the ‘extended thing' (res extensa), that these two parts of the human experience are very different. In this sense,...

29 Sep 2009

Feminism in France and in the United States of America: A comparison

Thesis - 14 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This comparative study arouses already some stakes to this first word. How do we define feminism in a strict way that is stripped of any subjectivity? To define this controversial word appears not only useful but also a necessary starting point to this essay. According to Le Petit Robert,...

28 Sep 2009

Essentialism and dependence: Modal and non-modal Mereolgies

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In the study of Ontology, and more specifically the study of mereology, essentialism and dependence, or ontological dependence, are perennial issues, which pop up. In the case of the former issue, essentialism, this is merely the study of the essence of an ontological object. In...

25 Sep 2009

The work of Carl Gustav Jung

Thesis - 12 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In this essay we will explore whether the work of Carl Gustav Jung has been built upon. Alternatively the psychology that Jung built may have been close to entirely his own with little contribution from others. Or perhaps a great deal of additional work will have been contributed from others....

23 Sep 2009

Modernistic theories of elevation and society

Thesis - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

To be remembered by history as a “thinker,” one must think some fairly formidable thoughts. Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Foucault, some of sociology's most seminal thinkers, tackled one of the most complicated human problems: what is modern society, and what makes it tick? In...

23 Sep 2009

Modern theories of culture and society: Marx's relevance

Thesis - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Although Karl Marx's philosophies were formed in and about industrial Europe in the late 1800's, his fundamental ideas are still relevant to capitalist countries today, both on microscopic and macroscopic levels. The Marxist interpretations of how the capitalist system affects global trade, the...

22 Sep 2009

Buddha and Buddhism

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Buddhism is the faith that has changed the lives of millions of people over the world. It all began in a small kingdom in North East India, in Sarkya. The founder of Buddhism was the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, now called Lord Buddha. Buddha means ‘enlightened one'. Siddhartha in his young...

14 Sep 2009

Understanding and living of Plato and Descartes'

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Both Plato and Descartes have a lot to say about human nature. One aspect of the subject that stands out most for me are the discussions of how a person knows and understands things, or one might call it, "what is the nature of understanding?" Related to that is the subject of what a person is...

17 Aug 2009

Moral philosophy: Moral and immoral actions

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Morality is a difficult concept to even define. At its heart, it is an attempt to determine the correct way to act. Of course, the difficulty in this is that we must deal with the idea that people do not agree upon what constitutes moral and immoral actions. From here the...

13 Aug 2009

God and advertisement

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The image I have chosen to critique is the atheist bus advertisements in Britain These advertisements caused much controversy and created a stir because they promoted anti-Christian statements. What these advertisements carried on them was “There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and...

13 Aug 2009

Socialism and Islam

Thesis - 10 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Socialism is the term used in many countries. This word has come from the word society. Some Muslims think that the Socialism is fundamentally the same as Islam. They say it is just another name of social justice. They have this opinion on the basis of the fact that: it stands for the...

11 Aug 2009

Christianity: From realism to modernism

Book review - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The aspect of Christianity is often a theme that is woven into literature. Lessons about the power of God and the miracles of Jesus Christ provide evidence for readers of the importance of God in a person's life. One specific author, Gustave Flaubert, wrote three short stories,...

11 Aug 2009

Nietzsche's superman

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The idea of the superman in Nietzsche's works is a crucial element as he uses it as a foundation from which to attempt to challenge the ingrained values of society. These values behind what is considered to be good and evil, he asserts, having been founded on the Christian faith serve only to...

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