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  • Positive View Of Human Nature
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    New York Times, on Sunday, November 8, had an article on sentences addressed by a Federal judge to three members of the antigovernment Montana Freemen for conspiracy and fraud; the article stirred my memory and concern about this paper, as well as brought into play many of the dilemmas discussed in the Nature of Politics class. However, I do not wish to analyze this particular article or cult, but the emergence of anarchy. There have been theories and diagnosis of human nature: the Aristotelian,...
  • Basic Principles Of Deep Ecology
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    Deep Ecology / Ecosophy The ideas behind deep ecology have major implications today. They allow people to think more profoundly about the environment and possibly come to a better understanding of their own meaning. People are intensely concerned about the worlds technological adolescence, massive consumerism, and overpopulation. A man named Arne Naess, former head of the philosophy department at the University of Oslo founded an idea that can direct peoples anxiety away from their "shallow" not...
  • Basic Needs Of Human Beings
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    What makes a life a truly human one? Is it possible to make a sort of identification when a "life has been so impoverished that it is not worthy of the dignity of the human being?" (Women, Culture and Development, p. 74). This is the very question Martha Nussbaum, leading female Aristotelian philosopher, addresses throughout various pieces of her work. What she has tried to do is establish a list of central capabilities "that can be convincingly argued to be of central importance in any human li...
  • Humans Need Robots
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    Should the progression of robotic technology be limited Are movies like Terminator foretelling what will happen as the twenty-first century expands its boundaries with robotics Are robots becoming too smart Should humans trust robots to learn and act on their own Can and will robots turn on their masters In the movie Terminator a robot from the future comes back to forewarn the people that if they do not change the direction that technology is going then the world would be over taken by robots. ...
  • Secular And Religious Humanists
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    Humanism Kevin Clark Philosophy p. 2 The word "humanism" has a number of meanings, and because there are so many different meanings it can be quite confusing if you don't know what kind of humanism someone is talking about. Literary Humanism is a devotion to the humanities or literary culture. Renaissance Humanism is the spirit of learning that developed at the end of the middle ages with the revival of classical letters and a renewed confidence in the ability of human beings to determine for th...
  • Our Capacity For Passion
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    The Balance of Power Throughout the semester, a theme that has guided our thoughts has been the idea that the self is the capacity to have capacities. Through what we have read, written about, and discussed, we have been trying to come up with our own answers to the questions about the self; what a capacity is, how we find them, which ones are essential to human flourishing, what we do with them once they are found Yet all of these questions lead us to answer that final and defining question of ...
  • Human Imagination
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    The human mind is considered by scientists to be the most complicated structure in the universe. Weighing a mere four pounds, the brain and how it functions is still not entirely understood. Indeed, very little progress has been made on the workings of the human brain. Aside from neurons and pathways, however, is the deeper mystery of consciousness. Scientists are still trying to unravel the nature of consciousness. From this arises the nature of imagination. Humans have the capacity to imagine ...
  • Radio As A Source Of Human Voice
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    Janet Hoffman -1- Sociology July 10, 2000 SILENT VOICE When I read the chapter on The De-Voicing of Society, I have to say that I was not surprised. I saw this coming back in the 1960's. But I never really believed that as we grew and evolved that it would escalate to the point where people would become obsolete in many areas. Certainly we have advanced greatly in technology, but I think that we may have gone to far. People must never be replaced by machines. I have always had a voice, but just ...

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