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  • State Of Nature Hobbes And Locke
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    Laws. We all must obey them, but why For fear of going to jail, or being fined Those are the individual effects of civil disobedience, but what happens what is the purpose of law in society Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau all attempted to interpret the need for laws in society, in order to maintain the good of the whole and the individual. Each of there examination of the need for laws in society arose from the individual's departure from the "state of nature" to community l...
  • Locke's Theory Of Our Individuality
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    Individuality Karl Marx and John Locke both analyzed individuality using different concepts. Marx's ideas concerned species being, alienation, and private property. Whereas, Locke's ideas dealt with human nature, state of war, and property. Both Marx and Locke only looked at men as individual. Women were not classified in either theory. Karl Marx published his individualistic views in Estranged Labor and The Communist Manifesto. John Locke spoke about his views in Second Treatise of Government. ...
  • Thoreau's Ideas Of Intuition
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    Elements of American Romanticism Henry David Thoreau pens his book Walden during a revolutionary period of time known as American Romanticism. The literary movement of American Romanticism began roughly between the years of 1830 and 1860. It is believed to be a chapter of time in which those who had been dissatisfied by the Age of Reason were revolting through works of literature. All elements of Romanticism are in sharp, abrupt contrast to those types of ideas such as empirical observation and ...
  • Sade's Image Of Man's Nature
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    Into the Abyss Marquis de Sade and the Enlightenment We are no guiltier in following the primitive impulses that govern us than is the Nile for her flood or the sea for her waves" - La Mettrie The eighteenth century embraced a secularized France in which the idea of utility, and not of salvation, were the principles by which one lived. Nature and reason in many ways replaced God. What this change left however, was a vacuum for the motive of morality in society. What would compel men to behave if...
  • Andrew Carnegie
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    Andrew Carnegie was not only an outstanding industrialist, but also a great philanthropist. In the excerpt from page 105, Carnegie is stating that an end to Individualism would result in a revolution not an evolution because it is changing human nature itself, and there would be no way to know if it would even be a change for the better. This excerpt was one trying to convey a communist utopia; a policy of working for the better of each other, not just for the individual alone. This concept of e...
  • Principles Of Nature
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    MAN vs. NATURE "None of them knew the color of the sky". This first sentence in Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" implies the overall relationship between the individual and nature. This sentence also implies the limitations of anyone's perspective. The men in the boat concentrate so much on the danger they are in, that they are oblivious and unaware to everything else; in other words, maybe lacking experience. "The Open Boat" begins with a description of four men aboard a small boat on a rough se...
  • Romanticism
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    Romanticism It was a reaction against the Enlightenment and yet akin in that they both assumed life was designed for human happiness. However the Enlightenment placed reason at the center of human. Romanticism distrusted the human intellect and placed its value on the emotions and intuitive qualities. The natural and spontaneous was deemed good. The highest truths would be derived from the instantaneous of the individual. It gloried in the unlimited potential of the individual. There was an over...
  • Psychological And Social Qualities Of Human Nature
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    In the Discourse on Metaphysics by Leibniz he suggest that, "we maintain that everything that is to happen to some person is already contained virtually in his nature or notion, as properties of a circle are contained in its definition". This assertion raised a difficulty for Leibniz. This difficulty was that "human freedom will no longer hold, and that an absolute fatality would rule over all our actions as well as over all the rest of what happens in the world". With such a reality there would...
  • Individual In The State Of Nature
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    John Locke John Locke explains the state of nature as a state of equality in which no one has power over another, and all are free to do as they please. He notes, however, that this liberty does not equal license to abuse others, and that natural law exists even in the state of nature. Each individual in the state of nature has the power to execute natural laws, which are universal. I believe that Locke is correct in his analysis of the state of nature however; Locke's theory includes many assum...
  • Smith's Sense Of Honesty
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    What makes Smith run? The theme of honesty is widely developed in "The Loneliness of the Long Distant Runner", in which Smith tells us what honesty means according to him, and according to the governor. To be honest is interpreted by the governor as the easiest and most common way to win the race, to get out of the jail, and to have a family. Smith's sense of honesty therefore must be seen as individuality; to be in charge of ones self and free of "the system" creates an honest man, a human indi...
  • Immediate Natural Environment An Individual
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    Through this portion of class readings and discussions, we have sought deeper meaning and understanding of philosophies of individuals and organizations that revolve around the fundamental aspects and notions of deep ecology and eco-activism. These associations offer more views and attitudes on how an individual and society can create and maintain a kinship and positive influence with the natural environment. Like deep ecologist's view on the metaphysical relationship of man and nature. Eco-acti...
  • One's Nature
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    A dark cloud has been hanging over the society's mind, corrupting its morality and reasoning. People forgot that ideals are there to guide us instead of being achieved. The exaggerated emphasis on perfection has distorted the moral values as well as it has torn the already fragile link between the reason and the true human nature. Far from resembling the mere shadow of a complete human being, people walk through lives, miserable and bitter. They look with shallow hope to others to find the one r...
  • Classical Republican And The Natural Rights Philosophers
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    The Founding Fathers views on government were influenced by both the classical republican and the natural rights philosophers. The two groups of philosophers held very different views on how a government should run. The classical republicans believed that the individual should sacrifice his or her personal freedoms in order to gain the greater good. The natural rights philosophers, on the other hand, held that a persons individual freedoms out to be preserved at all costs. The two greatest examp...
  • William Wordsworth
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    We must be willing to get rid of the life we " ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us and In order to do so be prepared to search further than ourselves. When we see a tree, many of us fail to see its paradoxical treeless. We see bark, branches and leaves, elements that limit our overall vision and we fail to see the veracity of what is around us. Perhaps this is because the label tree stands between ourselves and experience. Yet for some individuals they see past the label, b...
  • Struggle Between Nature And Man
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    Human history is littered with example where a few individual risked life and limbs to venture into the unknown, which then came to be discovered, thanks to their spirit of adventurism or as some would say, fool hardy bravado. Of course, certain names come to mind, Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, Lois and Clark etc. There is another side to this tale of fame as well. Even the success stories sometimes had a ring of failure about itself. A person might be a pioneer in the field of disco...
  • Natural To Democracy
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    Americans And Individualism The Americans And Individualism Essay, Research Paper The United States of America is the land of the free, the land of opportunity, the wealthiest country in the world, a country that half the modern world is modeled after. Its President is referred to as the "Leader of the free world". Thousands of people come to this country every year, learning about the country in hopes of becoming citizens. William Hudson in his book ' American Democracy in Peril ' talks about t...

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