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31 May 2009

The anti-apocalyptic Markan community

Dissertation - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Apocalyptic literature often is ignored when constructing theology and ethics. Theologians and ethicists ignore scriptural images of otherworldly beasts and supernatural beings. Prophesy of cosmic suffering and references to apocalyptic literature are not calculated in the work of most...

22 May 2009

The origins of Freemasonry

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Freemasons have been a focus of interest for centuries, partly because of their secrecy, and partly because they have been linked to esoteric and secret knowledge. One of the most common questions asked about Freemasonry is, how did it begin? It may surprise some that this question is hotly...

21 May 2009

A fractured fluency: Amy hempel's exploration of grief

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Amy Hempel's story “The Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” appears to be a bleak depiction of human selfishness and avoidance in the face of death. A woman visits her dying friend in hospital, but instead of staying to offer comfort, she departs abruptly, leaving her friend crying in...

19 May 2009

Religious analysis of death

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Many controversies arise from the interaction between human ideas and religious thought. One of the issues that create much confusion among religious scholars, as well as the average man has been death. Since it is believed that there is no turning back, death raises many...

17 May 2009

Critical evaluation of the respective interpretation of cultural relativism as explained by Bernard Williams and Alasdair MacIntyre

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The moral relativism denies that any moral code has universal validity, and ethical propositions do not reflect absolute and universal moral truths. Morality is relative to social, cultural, historical or personal circumstances. The idea of relativism is not new. Protagoras, a Sophist, claimed...

17 May 2009

Robert O.Paxton: The anatomy of fascism

Book review - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Many authors have proposed definitions for the question “what is Fascism?”, but most of them failed to give a complete definition. The historian Robert O. Paxton answered this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the Fascists did, rather than what they said. To...

17 May 2009

Why did Aristotle believe in natural slavery?

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Aristotle wrote Politics as a criticism of Plato's Republic, after having been his student for 20 years. Aristotle especially disagrees with Plato's view that only knowledge and perfect forms count. He would criticize Plato's view that women and children should be held in the perfect state and...

17 May 2009

Are forgiveness and a search for the truth a better solution to heal the minds and bodies of the victims of wars than externally imposed tribunals?

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Even after a settlement is reached and a peace agreement is signed, it is by no means the end of the conflict. For a conflict to really end, healing the minds and the bodies of the victims of wars is necessary. Indeed it is the necessary first step to reconciliation to appear and people who have...

17 May 2009

The Third Way by Anthony Giddens

Book review - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Anthony Giddens, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science published The Third Way in 1998. What does “Third Way” mean? For The author, the goal is a renewal of the social-democracy. Through this phrase he refers to a framework of thinking and policy-making that...

11 May 2009

Violence and expressionism

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Expressionism is an avant-garde movement in which violence is everywhere in themes, in forms, in the expression of the artist in general. We can define violence by aggressive facts, language immoderation, brutality and provocation. When we talk about violence in art, the violence is not...

11 May 2009

Democracy and totalitarism

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Nowadays the term ‘democracy ‘has become a widespread reality which is practically accepted everywhere. Even China's leaders argue that their country is on the path to democracy but “it needs time” (Wen Jiabao, China's Prime Minister). Nevertheless many dictatorships...

07 May 2009

Essay on the national liberation struggle in mozambique

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Mozambique is, in the early 20th century, a very heterogeneous country. Without any linguistic, cultural or ethnic harmony, the only point that is common all over this southern African country turns out to be the Portuguese colonial power. However, after an intense liberation struggle, Mozambique...

07 May 2009

The Jews and the passion

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The Passion narratives must be understood through the Jewish historical experience, religious tradition and, above all, holy scripture. It is crucial to remember that the Passion story, considered as the birth of Christianism, is very linked to the Jewish culture and holy scripture since,...

07 May 2009

Occidentalism, the redefinition of a concept in the discourse of international culture

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Occidentalism can exist and develop only in relation to its pre-existing coefficient, orientalism” . Indeed, there exists a dichotomy between these two concepts. It refers to the description of the World and its organization. Therefore, an analysis of the meaningful concept of...

07 May 2009

Catholic religious orders in Europe

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Monarchism started in Egypt during the IInd century and may have its roots in the forms of some Jewish sects. Saint Antony (236-347) created next to Alexandria what we call anachoretism. He organized a hermits' life. These men gather in communities called anchoret. They live alone but meet on...

07 May 2009

The universal human rights concept

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The UN was founded immediately after the horrors of the Second World War because of the Nazi-regime and in response to the economic and social difficulties after the Depression. This need of security by law was explained by a particular tradition in Europe where in the seventeenth and the...

07 May 2009

A critical comparison of Aristotle's and Augustine's concepts on time

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Aristotle and Augustine are two men whose intricately crafted ideas have been regarded as some of the most intelligent for thousands of years. Both men came from very different times and many times took very different approaches when explaining their ideas. Aristotle...

05 May 2009

Would I lie to you

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

What do job interviews, parents, significant others, store managers, telemarketers, homeless people, personal managers, and movie ticket agents have in common? They've all been lied to. At job interviews, applicants may tell a little lie about their qualifications in order to get the job....

01 May 2009

The mysticism of Teresa of Avila

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a nun who came forward in the tumultuous years of the Spanish Inquisition to found a new order of nuns, the Carmelites. The new order had stricter rules about poverty and seclusion than other Spanish orders of that time. Teresa was a contemplative who was...

01 May 2009

The image of the mother in the Tao Te Ching

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Western scholarship has traditionally portrayed Chinese cultural as patriarchal and not supportive of women. This perspective often fails to look at ways that the feminine has been acknowledged and honored in major Chinese religious traditions. Kuan Yin, for example, was originally the male...

01 May 2009

The role of Eros, madness and desire, and physical sexuality in Plato's philosophy

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The philosophy of Plato had a strong impact on the development of Western thought and the evolution of Western culture. His ideas were influential with Christian thinkers in the third and fourth centuries and with European philosophers in the Renaissance and after.This paper will examine Plato's...

26 Apr 2009

Pam Gems feminist vision in "Stanley". Exploring queer aesthetics through historical reflection

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Stanley Spencer, one of England's most lauded post-war visual artists, is also among the most obscure outside of the context of his reception in England, which included his being Knighted near the end of his life.(Hauser, 2001) In a “Self-Portrait” from 1914 the artist paints himself in...

26 Apr 2009

The light and the dark - Goethe's faust and the theme of the search for inner wholeness

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In dramatic literary history, tragedies are a form through which dark elements in human motivation, character and decision making are explored. Often the tragedy revolves around the flaw of its main character, known as the tragic hero. The hero may have a tragic flaw such as egoistic hubris, or...

26 Apr 2009

Heine's philosophical thinking

Thesis - 10 pages - Humanities/philosophy

This essay will explore ideas from “On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany” written by Heinrich Heine, one of the most famous German poets and cultural figures in general, of the early to mid 19th century. The paper will argue that in his often enigmatic and aphoristic...

22 Apr 2009

Healing and the modern day servants

Thesis - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The miraculous power of faith has been deemed able to heal a countless number of ailments from the time when Jesus walked the Earth performing miracles all the way to present day medical miracles involving prayer and strong faith. But what do these miracles tell us and prove in both the teachings...

22 Apr 2009

Views about the afterlife

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Nobody knows for sure what will happen in the afterlife, we can only estimate based on our religious beliefs and personal opinions. Five major western religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Ba Hai, also have very different outlooks on what will happen to us, individually and...

19 Apr 2009

An essay concerning Bloom's reading of the Republic

Essay - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Philosopher and literary critic Allan Bloom (1968) writes that “The Republic is the true Apology of Socrates, for only in the Republic does he give an adequate treatment of the theme which was forced on him by Athens' accusation against him. That theme is the relationship of the philosopher...

13 Apr 2009

Why has class conflict not occurred in the form expected by Marxist thinkers and why has history not developed in the way Marx predicted?

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Karl Marx (1818 - 83) was responsible for one of the first and most influential theories of class within the sociological discipline. For Marx, classes can be seen as basic social groups divided by their specific position within the division of labor, and distributed within society according to...

20 Mar 2009

Michel Foucault and his discourse on discursive history

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Michel Foucault may be one of the most influential French philosophers of our time. He spent much of his professional life as a professor, and he is best known because of his critical analysis of various social institutions; medicine and the human sciences being specific ones. He...

18 Mar 2009

Human relationships in the teachings of Teresa of Avila

Thesis - 9 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was the founder of the cloistered Carmelite order during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As the founder of a strict, cloistered order that emphasized poverty one might expect Teresa to have conservative views on issues like the value of human relationships. Her...

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