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  • Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground
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    While confronting Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground seems a difficult task initially, one must be able to transcend the elaborate diction and parodies, and comprehend the author himself, while also taking root the message Dostoevsky had originally intended in the time it was addressed. Understanding the author himself, along with the period in which the work was written, augments one's overall discernment of the passage. In the age he wrote, Dostoevsky must have seemed eccentric and outlandish...
  • Human Freedom And Moral Responsibility And Augustine
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    #2 Explain how Augustine's conception of freedom relates to compatibilism and to freedom in the sense of autonomy. According to Augustine, "Human beings are endowed with a power that he calls the will". He emphasizes the will to being the center of freedom. Unlike other philosophers, who are determinists, Augustine, who has a libertarian view, sees our will as free choice. So for whatever we may choose to do, we become solely responsible for our actions which are caused by external factors inste...
  • 19th Century German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
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    Existentialism in the Early 19th Century Major Themes Because of the diversity of positions associated with existentialism, the term is impossible to define precisely. Certain themes common to virtually all existentialist writers can, however, be identified. The term itself suggests one major theme: the stress on concrete individual existence and, consequently, on subjectivity, individual freedom, and choice. Moral Individualism Most philosophers since Plato have held that the highest ethical go...
  • Economists Fondness For Freedom
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    By EDWARD L. GLAESER Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard and the author of the forthcoming book "Triumph of the City". Economists often present a cold public persona, emphasizing dollars and sense over the rousing rhetoric of moral argument. But by appearing as technocrats who seem concerned only with the bottom line, we allow ourselves to be portrayed as people without a sense of right and wrong. Two weeks ago, I wrote about ethics and economics, calling for appropriate steps...
  • Soft Deterministic View Of Freedom
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    Assignment: Comment on the Following Statements 1) Out of the people edited in Abel or discussed by Palmer, the following are hard determinists... Well, Palmer only discusses two hard determinists: B.F. Skinner, and Sigmund Freud. Out of the texts read in Abel, Abel discusses Skinner and D'Holbach as hard determinists. 2) Hard determinism conflicts with some of our ordinary beliefs and experiences. For example: On the one hand, we are raised to believe that we are free, that we posses freedom of...
  • Limitations On A Persons Freedom Of Speech
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    Freedom Freedom is the right that was granted to me on May 2nd, 1983. The constitution of the United States of America gives me the right to freedom because I am a United States citizen. Freedom to me is my right to express myself in any way I choose. Freedom is defined as having liberty of action or thought, independent. Self-governed or not controlled by an outside party also is the definition for freedom. Freedom has different meaning to each individual thus making it hard to find a clear con...
  • Abortion Fight Is Over Choice
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    The Significance of Choice Victoria Bissell Brown put it best with her writings in, "Abortion Fight Is Over Choice". The title alone has a significant meaning. The "fight" is over the ability of an individual or a group, to support, deny or even consider the action of having an abortion. The "fight" is over the actual choice of our actions and our beliefs regarding this or any other subject. Should women (or men) have the right to choose whether or not they can have an abortion If they do not, t...
  • Decisions In The Area Of Reproductive Technologies
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    Reproductive Technologies: Does Choice Mean Freedom? By David Kin lough " One does not, it might be said, increase a person's freedom simply by increasing the sheer quantity of possibilities which he or she can choose from. ' n Richard Norman The issue of reproductive technologies in our society today raises an interesting question. Do they increase a women's freedom of choice or do they expand the power of men and science over women. Is freedom to choose what they can do with their bodies truly...
  • Communal Choices
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    Ability to make choices or in the other words freedom of will is a very controversial matter in all the societies and in human life. Living in the communities that do not promote democracy and freedom of human will can easily contradict the fact that choice is an obvious privilege that the people have in all communities. For example in countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan we can obviously see that 'will' is of little importance in governing the country. There are some rules set by a minori...
  • First Amendment And Freedom Of Expression
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    The first amendment entitles citizens of the United States to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression. The questions these readings address are, should there be a limit to that freedom, and if so, how can we, as citizens, decide what should or should not be allowed? Some people hold the belief that any thought or action that is opposed to those established by our government should be dismissed as being untrue. Some would call people holding these opinions unpatriotic, ho...

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