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  • Virtuous By Continuous Moral Actions
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    Nearly all humans have the goal to live a virtuous and happy life. Two of the world most acknowledged philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, had their own views on this central issue. Plato supported the understanding view; he believed understanding is the key to living a virtuous life. Aristotle supported the habit and action view; he believed that individuals become virtuous by continuous moral actions. By and large both philosophers have a good standpoint; but in my judgment one has a stronger li...
  • Durkheims Suicide
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    In order to answer the question posed it is important to firstly define what is meant by the important terms, we can then analyse Durkheims views and the way that they have been used to explain the complex issues surrounding suicide. The Oxford Dictionary of Sociology defines anomie as 'An absence, breakdown, confusion or conflict in the norms of a society. Marshall B. Clinard stated that anomie is " A sense of confusion and (is when) people become disorientated from their world". Anomie is also...
  • Order To Brainwash
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    Brainwashing is a method of manipulating or influencing people's own personal beliefs, thoughts, attitudes or actions in order to get them to believe what they had previously considered false. The word "brainwashing" originated from the Chinese term his nao, which literally means "to wash the brain". Many people have different variations of what exactly they think brainwashing is, but all are generally the same, involving a powerful effort to manipulate the human mind. Brainwashing is said to ha...
  • Ideal Of Individual Liberty
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    Content Essay One: John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life 2 Essay Two: Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century 7 Essay Three: Two Concepts of Liberty 11 Essay Four: Historical Inevitability 16 essay One: John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life. In this essay Berlin focuses his attention upon one concrete figure, J.S. Mill. Berlin supposes that Mill is one of the greatest theorists of liberty that has ever lived. Mill believed that it is neither rational thought, nor domination over nature, but fre...
  • Political Philosophy Hegel
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    The Philosophies of Georg Hegel and Herbert Spencer The Philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770-1801) Metaphysics Georg Wilhelm Hegel aspired to find a philosophy that would embody all human experiences with the integration of not only science, but also religion, history, art, politics and beyond. Hegel's metaphysical theory of absolute idealism claimed that reality was the absolute truth of all logic, spirit, and rational ideas encompassing all human experience and knowledge. He believed that i...
  • End Of The Play John Proctor
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    In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is introduced as a main character early in the plot. He comes out as a rebellious man in a sense, and right away we learn of his affair with Abigail. By the end of the play Proctor is changing his ground and becoming a more responsible individual and not lowering himself to Abigail standards once again. In the beginning of the book when his affair is revealed, he could strike the reader as a weak and failing individual. One would think thi...
  • Emerson Believes
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    The individual is portrayed by romantics in many different aspects, but all believing that an individual should think for them self. Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his works of how people must do as they like and not follow in the shadow of others. Henry David Thoreau believes that people should think for themselves in respect to the government and rule for themselves. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes in his works of how people should seize the day and live life to its fullest, avoiding the fear...
  • Individuals In Many Other Nations
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    Every time I have returned from Honduras I have gone into severe culture shock. It takes me many months to adjust to my native country. This may sound strange to many and others must surely think me insane for saying this thing. They probably wonder how one can experience culture shock in their homeland. To understand it one would have to open their eyes to some basic truths. Most do not want to admit to these truths. They exhibit all of the classic signs of those who have been indoctrinated int...
  • Liberation By Hindu
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    Islam and Hinduism are largest world religions, taking respectively second and third place after Christianity. Twenty-two percent of the worlds population consists of Muslims, while approximately fourteen percent are Hindu followers. Most of the Hindus are concentrated mainly in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Muslims populate Middle East, Asia, and Northern Africa. Hinduism was founded sometime between 1500 and 500 BC in the area of the Indus valley civilization. There is no individual founder and...
  • Individuals Within The Society Of Catch 22
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    Through religion, philosophy, science, art, and mathematics, humans quest for an Absolute. They seek to find a "still point" where conflict cannot burgeon and principles may converge to an essential Truth. However, in Catch-22 Joseph Heller suggests the unsettling idea that Life holds no pervasive absolute because in actuality Life is the continual clash of absolutes. Through the main character Yossarian, one is able to understand how the individual creates a world applicable only to himself; ho...
  • Believer In The Value Of Dialogue
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    In The Ethics of Authenticity Charles Taylor makes a radical claim that we only become capable of understanding ourselves and defining our identity through dialogue. He says humans are fundamentally dialogic al creatures (29) and cannot develop into individuals without interaction with others. Through dialogue we are able to exchange our ideas with others and construct our values and beliefs from bits and pieces we hear. This is how we become authentic humans. Authenticity is being true to yours...
  • Essence Of Self Reliance And Individual Genius
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    Emerson, considered the father of the American Literary Renaissance, wrote many essays to ultimately change the societal values surrounding him. In "Self Reliance", Emerson conveys his philosophical idea that every individual has their own individual genius speaking universal truths. However this tends to be a hard to achieve with society imposing conformity, traditions, and institutions on society. "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true ...
  • Constructive Postmodernists
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    Postmodernism Postmodernism cannot be historically pinned to any specific year, however, its ideas crystallized around the mid-1970's. The concepts of postmodernism affected many disciplines including art, education, literature, film, sociology, and technology. To begin to understand postmodernism, one must first analyze the two movements prior. Purpose, unity, and totality were all crucial elements to the premodern vision of the world. The vision roots back to the times of myth and rituals. Man...
  • Primacy Of Rights Theories
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    Charles Taylor, a philosopher opposed to the "Primacy of Rights" theories, describes such theories as those which place individual rights above those of society. In other words, he would disagree that the rights of man as an individual supersede the rights of man as a member of a society. Taylor believes that these theories are part of a larger heading that has become known as "Atomism", which he believes characterizes all doctrines pertaining to and based upon the social contract theories of th...
  • Functionalist Believes Society
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    Sociology has been influenced by many perspectives among those are Karl Marx also known as the Marxist theory and Functionalism. This research paper seeks to compare and contrast these two theories. These two theories are very different in comparison but they also have a few similarities on their views about the understanding of social life. Marxism has been called a radical approach to functionalism. Emile Durkheim was a positivist, and firmly believed that there were natural laws in society th...

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