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  • Formation Of Government From Man's Own Nature
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    The formation of government is one of the central themes for both Hobbes and Locke. Whether or not men naturally form a government, or must form a government, is based on man's basic nature. According to Hobbes, a government must be formed to preserve life and prevent loss of property. According to Locke, a government arises to protect life and property. Governments are born of inequality and formed to administer equality. Hobbes goes into a lot of detail concerning man's interactions with one a...
  • Natural Purpose Of Man
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    Much time has been devoted to the study of how and why governments exist. This effort is required to understand America's political and philosophical roots. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle pursued and ultimately answered this question in his work, The Politics. Though written thousands of years ago, the lessons taught about the natural state of politics reveal the immensely complex system of an organized civil government in modern United States. Perhaps one of the most profound thoughts ...
  • Power Of Natural World
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    Affects of a naturalistic world To Build a Fire Everyone at some point in time, tries to accomplish feats that are almost near impossible. Warnings from others, more experienced with some of life's pitfalls, go unheeded to those subject to grandiosity. Londons To Build a Fire illustrates that man is insignificant in the face of nature, and that if man sets himself up against nature he will ultimately be defeated. Londons To Build a Fire is a story of a man whose life comes to an end when he vent...
  • Interaction Between Nature And Man
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    In his poem, Lines Written in the Early Spring, William Wordsworth gives us insight into his views of the destruction of nature. Using personification, he makes nature seem to be full of life and happy to be living. Yet, man still is destroying what he sees as Nature's holy plan (8). The entire poem is about the interaction between nature and man. Wordsworth is clearly not happy about the things that man has done to the world. He describes Nature in detail in the second and third stanzas when he...
  • Natural Condition Of Man
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    Thomas Hobbes begins Leviathan with Book 1: Of Man, in which he builds, layer by layer, a foundation for his eventual argument that the "natural condition" of man, or one without sovereign control, is one of continuous war, violence, death, and fear. Hobbes's depiction of this state is the most famous passage in Leviathan: [D] using the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in a condition which is called Warre; and such a warre, as is of every man, against every ...
  • Enlightenment The Domination Of Nature
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    'Myth is already enlightenment; and enlightenment reverts to mythology' (Dialectic of Enlightenment XVI) Adorno and Horkheimer's obscure and nihilistic text Dialectic of Enlightenment (DoE) is an attempt to answer the question 'why mankind, instead of entering a truly human condition, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism' (DoE, p. xi). The result is a totalizing critique of modernity; a diagnosis of why the Enlightenment project failed with no attempt to prescribe a cure. This is achieved by ...
  • London's Stories And Conflicts
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    In history, many extraordinary authors have written about struggles among two or more forces. Even in the earliest times, Homer, one of history's greatest writer and philosophers, has written such pieces as The Odyssey, the fable of a common man who challenges elements he has no control over, and successfully overcomes them to achieve glory. Jack London, while a great philosopher in his own way, does not write about common mortal men overcoming fate, but instead focuses on many different categor...
  • Nature Through Naturalistic Eyes H.D. Thoreau
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    Romanticism and Naturalistic ism: Reflections on Nature Essential to mans survival, nature deserves respect. In fact, if nature is not respected or cared for, the future may be a place without a natural habitat. Growing with buildings and industrial parks, the world might be a place where one will not have a place to go to relax, to have fun, or to sit and collect thoughts. Therefore, both Henry David Thoreau and William Faulkner have written to show their concern for nature through a romantics ...
  • Men By Nature Desire Knowledge
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    Human nature is the egotistical behaviour's that drive the human race to be creative and inquisitive. Although some philosophers may disagree with the validity of this statement, others such as Aristotle, John Stuart Mill and Thomas Hobbes would believe it to be true. After examining the beliefs of these philosophers and using real-life examples to rebut the beliefs of those who disagree, man's true nature of curiosity, creativity and selfishness is clearly evident. Once inspecting the philosoph...
  • Melville's Conclusion About Ahab's Encounter With Nature
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    Comparing Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville's Writings Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville focused their writings on how man was affected by nature. They translated their philosophies though both the portrayal of their protagonist and their own self exploration. In Moby Dick, Melville writes about Ahab's physical and metaphysical struggle over the great white whale, Moby Dick, symbolic of man's struggle against the overwhelming forces of nature. Ahab's quest is reported and experienced...
  • Emphasis On The Hostility Of Nature
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    The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, one of the most significant and renowned books in American literature, defies outright classification, showing traits of both the realist and naturalist movements. It is a classic, however, precisely because it does so without sacrificing unity or poignancy. The Red Badge of Courage belongs unequivocally to the naturalist genre, but realism is also present and used to great effect. The conflict between these styles mirrors the bloody clash of the war de...
  • Hobbes's Interpretation Of The State Of Nature
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    "Whensoever a man his right, or renounce th it; it is either in consideration of some right reciprocally transferred to himself; or for some other good he hope th for thereby. For it is a voluntary act: and of the voluntary acts of every man, the object is some good to himself". (192) Proposed with the question of whether Thomas Hobbes's manifesto was written of "ought's" constructed upon; prudential, moral or ethical foundations it is the former that prevails through his writing. Hobbes spoke o...
  • Man's Existence In The Natural World
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    Marion Montgomery, "Robert Frost and His Use of Barriers: Man vs. Nature Toward God", Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962. Reprinted by permission of The South Atlantic Quarterly. Robert Frost is considered by the casual reader to be a poet of nature like that of a Wordsworth. In a sense, his poetry is about nature, yet with strong underlying tones of the drama of man in nature. Frost himself stated, "I guess I'm not a nature poet", I have only written two without a human being in th...
  • Natural State Of Man With Animals
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    Can intellectual advancement lead to a general regression in our existence Both Rousseau and Virilio deal with this question, but in very different ways. Rousseau examines this question in the broadest sense, by back tracking to the origin of intellect. Virilio, on the other hand, speaks of a very specific type of intellectual advancement, namely-the invention of a long range nuclear missile. Both would agree that intellectual progression can be advantageous to the human race, but whether or not...
  • Man's Lack Of Respect For Nature's Power
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    Nature is always pushing man to his limits. When man heeds the warning signs that nature has to offer and those warnings of other men, he is most likely to conquer nature. When he ignores these warnings, nature is sure to defeat man. To build a fire is a prime example of this scenario. In the short story, "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, an inexperienced traveler in the Yukon travels alone with his dog, even though it is ill advised to do so. The man is strong and smart but nature humbled him d...
  • Man To The Natural State Of War
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    These are the reasons that I felt reading Hobbes' Leviathan could help me gain some understanding and insight into these issues. Hobbes' Leviathan: Analysis of its Impact on the Framing of our Democracy Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, written against the backdrop of the horrors of the English Civil War, in the mid 1600's, is a discussion about the principles of man's basic need for peace, unity, and security, in both nature and civilization. Essentially arguing in favor of a sovereign monarchy, Hobbes...
  • Themes In Frost's Nature Poetry
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    Pamela BradwayThe Psychology of Robert Frost's Nature Poetry Robert Frost's nature poetry occupies a significant place in the poetic arts; however, it is likely Frost's use of nature that is the most misunderstood aspect of his poetry. While nature is always present in Frost's writing, it is primarily used in a "pastoral sense" (Lynen 1). This makes sense as Frost did consider himself to be a shepherd. Frost uses nature as an image that he wants us to see or a metaphor that he wants us to relate...
  • Cranes View Of Man And Nature
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    Chris As imus P. 2 5-16-00 In American Literature many authors write about nature and how nature affects man's lives. In life, nature is an important part of people. Many people live, work, or partake in revelry in nature. Nature has received attention from authors spanning several centuries. Their attitudes vary over time and also reflect the different outlooks of the authors who chose to discuss this important historical movement. A further examination of this movement, reveals prevalence of n...
  • Simple Materials
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    Rosalie Gascoigne b. 1943d. 1999 Assemblage Sculptor Born in New Zealand moved to Australia. Sculpture in the 80's and 90's. Learnt Ikebana Japanese flower arranging, where form and awareness of nature is most important. Tried to find unusual support for the flowers and found the supports more interesting than the arrangements. Lives with her assemblages, gradually observing and changing them until she feels they are right. Inspiration from Monaro Tablelands and stony slopes of Mt Strom lo (Canb...
  • Areas Of The Natural World
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    At first, the idea of removing all human-made objects from the wilderness sounds like the charitable thing to do. It's the way things should be, right? In actuality, this plan doesn't hold as much merit as originally thought. Although it may be healthy for the environment to some extent, there is something else that needs to be considered. It is hard to decipher whether or not something should be deemed "unnatural". The American Indians, as well as their structures, were able to co-exist serenel...

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