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  • Proofs Of Gods Existence
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    St. Thomas Aquinas: Proofs of Gods existence. Aquinas says that Gods essence (feeling) is his existence. That there is no Actual need for proof of his existence. Before he actually developed his Proofs Aquinas tried to show that such proofs are not useless, since the Idea of Gods existence is not, a probable idea-that God exists. Because Of this fact he states that every man has a natural knowledge (that which he is born with.) of God such as: he has some ideas of happiness (since he wants / des...
  • Brahman And The Ultimate Reality
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    While examining different religious paths within Hinduism from the perspective of four patterns of transcendence (ancestral, cultural, mythical and experiential) it is interesting to see how each pattern found its dominance over four segments of Hinduism: Vedic sacrifice, the way of action, the way of devotion and the way of knowledge. When Hinduism originated as a religion it was mainly concerned with sacrifices for ancestors. The sacred texts - called the Vedas - on which Hinduism was based we...
  • Underground Man's Self Consciousness
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    In both Notes From the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and the play No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre, we see that the characters have lost that state of comfort with or acceptance of one's self that is apparent only before interaction with other people. The self-doubt that comes from interactions with others has diminished their dignity, and they see themselves as, or are mainly concerned with, what view they want or think others to have of them. They are ultimately uncomfortable with their live...
  • Constantly Changing Self And Dependant
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    There are three characteristics of existence. This is an important part of the teaching of Buddha. The teaching of the three characteristics is part of what we might call the doctrinal contents of wisdom. In other words, when we talk about the knowledge and the understanding that is implied by wisdom, we have this teaching in mind. The three characteristics of existence that we have in mind are the characteristics of impermanence (Anitya), suffering (Dukkha) and not-self (Anatma). These three ch...
  • Buddha And Zen
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    I AM AWAKE In a world filled with technology and industry, it can become increasingly difficult to take a step back and view the world in its natural state. In essence, we are humans trying to figure out how we fit into a world seemingly contradictory to the path of humanity. We look to nature for answers. We look to each other, as well as to one another's accomplishments for these same answers. In the end, our entire species comes to the same conclusion. In order to fully understand our world, ...
  • View Of A Permanent Self Soul
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    Assess The Arguments For The No-self Doctrine. Are Annata And Karma Reconcilable The Buddhist theory of no-self (annata) is perhaps one of the most alien, complex and misunderstood concepts for the westerner to grasp. Essentially the "no self" refers to the denial of a soul. In this sense the soul is "the abiding, separate, constantly existing and indestructible entity which is generally believed to be found in man... it is the thinker of all his thoughts, the doer of all his deeds and the direc...
  • Self Referential Incoherent Proposition
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    Some Ways to Critique a Worldview When analyzing someone's worldview ( = that person's overall philosophical perspective on reality), there are a number of errors which you should look out for. These errors represent the different ways in which one's worldview can be exposed as being philosophically inadequate. They are by no means exhaustive of all the different ways in which a given worldview can be critiqued, but they represent some basic strategies which I personally find to be helpful. We w...
  • Argument Of Man's Existence And Being
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    Existentialism: Relationships In A World Without God Existentialism: Relationships In A World Without God Relationships in a World without God In a world in which lives are shaped by irreversible choices and by random events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose is substance. Life in this design less universe raises questions of identity and can cause turmoil between the relationships of the self to others, the self to history, and the self to God. Through the wor...

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