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10 Jul 2009
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The face of nature in Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

A cruel realization overtakes the sensitive convert to Naturalism. Seldom has there been a more sensitive convert than Thomas Hardy, who, although he flirted with Anglicanism because of his family and with the Baptists because of a friend, ended his days with a troubled faith in the indifferent,...

10 Jul 2009
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Bavinck and Vollenhoven on faith

Thesis - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In 1918, Herman Bavinck published an articled entitled “Philosophy of Faith” in the Annuarium of the Societas Studiosorum Reformatorum; thirty one years later, Dirk Vollenhoven presented a paper entitled “Faith: Its Nature, Structure, and Significance for Science”...

09 Jul 2009
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Autism and Apophaticism

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

A postmodern philosophy of religion, of the relationship between God and men, is based on a unique set of beliefs about God, language, what it means to be as human, and the way the world is given us to inhabit (including ourselves). Perhaps the profoundest movement within this philosophy occurs...

03 Jul 2009
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Discussion on Descartes' meditations

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Descartes comes to the conclusion “that the mere fact that I [Descartes] exist and have within me an idea of a most perfect being, that is, God, provides a very clear proof that God exists” (Descartes 51). He comes to this conclusion through a series of steps. First, Descartes believes...

03 Jul 2009
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Origin of oneness: A model of the mystical experience

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The purpose of this essay is to both connect and clarify the concept of Oneness present in most every spiritual tradition's mystical realm. Certainly such traditions as Buddhism and Taoism tell, in detail, of a transcendental reality that permeates throughout “all the myriad things.”...

01 Jul 2009
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Aristotle's Philosophy of Natural Change

Thesis - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Aristotle was born into a privileged family because his father was the “personal physician to the Macedonian king, Amyntas II.” (Lindberg 45) Since they were always around royalty and high-status people, Aristotle entered into Plato's Academy in Athens when he was seventeen and stayed...

25 Jun 2009
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Syncretism and identity: Finding I - Thou in historical dialogue

Thesis - 12 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Identity is fundamental to the distinction between faiths and cultures. Proper respect in dialogue hinges on a relational flow in dialogue. Power struggles and anxiety over engagement with the unknown other has caused dialogue to exist as an I-it relationship where the other becomes objectified....

22 Jun 2009
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Number symbolism in the Bible and early Christian works

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

For those who were trained in the art of interpreting them, the numbers themselves had special meanings. The result was that people in antiquity could talk to each other in a code language, that only those initiated into the symbolism of numbers could understand. Unless we understand this code,...

22 Jun 2009
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Religious and personal development in freemasonry - published: 22/06/2009

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Freemasonry started in the 16th century as an organization for spiritual and personal development for free thinkers. At a time when whole new conceptions of the world were opening up, some people wanted to explore new realms of personal evolution. Freemasonry provided a place for such people to...

10 Jun 2009
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Hobbes's account of religion/nationalism and terror management theory

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Throughout Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes makes repeated reference to the primacy of human consciousness in provoking individuals to subject themselves to the rule of a sovereign. Specifically, the ability to conceptualize oneself as a discrete entity with a past and (imaginable) future, combined with...

10 Jun 2009
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The hobbesian state of nature: A prisoner's dilemma?

Thesis - 7 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In his 1651 work Leviathan, English philosopher Thomas Hobbes argues in favor of a societal structure in which individuals must waive a portion of their natural rights to an ?artificial man? in order to avoid battling with each other. Most famously, Hobbes declared that this condition of war was...

09 Jun 2009
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Aristotle's teleology and the doctrine of the four causes

Thesis - 4 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In Aristotle's Physics, he presents his teleological theory of nature as comprised of changing materials which are to be understood in terms of the factors that brought them about, particularly their final causes (i.e. the function that they ultimately exist to serve). In his view, wisdom is...

09 Jun 2009
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The decay of magic: Karen Tei Yamashita's postmodern fable

Thesis - 6 pages - Humanities/philosophy

In her satirical, surreal debut novel Through the Arc of the Rainforest, Karen Tei Yamashita asks us to believe in magic. She puts forth five original miracles at the beginning of the story: a lucky man named Kazumasa who happens to have a sentient ball floating around his head; feathers that can...

02 Jun 2009
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Historical analysis of the Shakers

Thesis - 8 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The early Shaker belief system rested on an understanding that Christ's second coming had arrived. The founder of the sect, Mother Ann Lee, experienced a mystic vision of Christ while imprisoned. This vision was of the Christ and his church on earth. The early Shakers believed Ann Lee was the...

02 Jun 2009
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Construction and development of anthropology

Thesis - 10 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Often times, especially in ideological disciplines, there is a great gap between theory and practice. Not all theories apply to lived experiences and not all lived experiences can be summarized in theories. Nevertheless, this paper seeks to construct an ideal relationship between anthropological...

31 May 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...