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Hegel's Contradiction in Human History - ... Considering the English “Glorious” Revolution happening during 1688 – 1689, the contradiction of the revolutionary leaders’ motivation and actions is obvious. Tracing to the causes of the revolution, they are based on the ascent of English Parliament toward a more liberal way, limiting the King’s power, giving the Parliament the power to be more involved in governing decisions. Beside that, the fear of “popery” took place as a very important cause of the revolution. The Parliament, playing the key role in this game, at the same time brought about a radical change in government system and tried their best to conserve the religious culture of Britain, which is to protect the Anglican Church....   [tags: History, Philosophy]
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Biology, Pragmatism and Contradiction - Biology, Pragmatism and the Question of Contradiction ABSTRACT: In this article I present H. R. Maturana's work as an alternative that reinforces pragmatism in the task of thinking philosophy through the evolution of biological species. I try to demonstrate how Maturana's biology dilutes the principal argument against American Neo-pragmatism. This criticism uses the argument of performative contradiction as it has developed in the European Neo-Kantian philosophy. Thus, I begin by presenting Apel....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Contradiction in Another Country - Contradiction in Another Country Another Country contradicts the age-old principle that the United States is a safeground for all people. James Baldwin compares living the life of a homosexual in Paris to living the life of a homosexual in the United States. The views of the French are much more liberal than the conservative views of the Americans. The life that Eric, the homosexual character in Baldwin's novel, leads in Paris is socially acceptable. Baldwin also depicts France as a haven for interracial relationships....   [tags: Another] 561 words
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The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love - The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love Two conflicting disciplines are prevalent throughout Arthurian Legend; that of chivalry and that of courtly love. The ideal of each clash throughout the medieval tales, and it is impossible to interfuse the two models for society. Chivalry is a masculine code, an aggressive discipline, whereas courtly love is based upon women - their needs, wants, and desires. The consistent problem if Lancelot and Guinevere’s adulterous relationship in different tellings of the affair relates back to the differences presented in chivalric code and courtly love ideals....   [tags: Love Chivalry Courtly Essays] 909 words
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Savage Contradiction in Heterotopia - Savage Contradiction in Heterotopia During the 1930's, the myth of "the people" was born. This myth stressed the importance of unity, and glorified the notion of "average," as evidenced in a prize-winning essay describing "the typical American boy," written by an eighth grader named Alfred Roberts, Jr., for a contest sponsored by the 1939-40 Fair New York World's Fair. This document, which claims that a typical American boy should be courageous, dependable, and loyal to his beliefs, was "clearly reflective of the values the Fair held dear" (Susman, 1980, p....   [tags: Culture Cultural Essays]
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Dark + Romanticism= Contradiction - ... Transcendentism began in New England and had many successful writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. These authors found popularity from 1836 through the late 1840’s. The movement had a large influence in the literature and many writers emerging from the transcendental period were also affected. These writers included Poe, Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, among several others found the transcendental beliefs far too optimistic and egotistical. While works from the Dark Romantics were influenced by Transcendentalism, It varied from the Transcendentalism works concerning mankind, nature, and divinity....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Contradiction Between Morals in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: Contradiction Between Morals In Ancient Greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's complicated questions. These new beliefs were centered on the expanding field of science. Man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns. A government that was ruled by the people was suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years. Freedom of religion was encouraged in city-states. These new ideals, though good in intentions, often conflicted with each other creating complex moral dilemmas....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1036 words
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Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn       In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck was a boy who thought very little of himself, but had a huge impact on others.  His moral standing was based on what is easier, right or wrong.  He lived the way he wanted to live, and no one told him otherwise.  He had the adventure of a lifetime, and yet he learned along the way. Although Huck has certain beliefs about himself, his actions and decisions contradict these beliefs....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays]
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Romantic Contradiction in the Poetry of John Donne - Romantic Contradiction in the Poetry of John Donne John Donne's poem "Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed" is closely related to "The Sun Rising" in its treatment of love, lust, and togetherness. Both discuss and argue different stances on the same topics, but are united by their language and development. The structure of "Elegy 19" and use of poetic techniques relate it directly and indirectly to "The Sun Rising". In "Elegy 19", there are forty-eight lines of adoration of the mistress of the title; this poem is full of reverence, veneration, and respect for the female form....   [tags: Poetry Poems Poem] 999 words
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The Contradiction between Beliefs and Actions in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - One of the oldest problems of humanity is the contradiction between beliefs and actions. The Shepardsons and the Grangerfords act out this contradiction in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Contradictions One of the oldest problems of humanity is the contradiction between beliefs and actions. The Shepardsons and the Grangerfords act out this contradiction in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Although these families attend church and pay lip service to the teachings of the church, they do not live by these teachings....   [tags: English Literature]
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Perspectivism and Truth in Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A Critical Look at the Apparent Contradiction - Perspectivism and Truth in Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A Critical Look at the Apparent Contradiction “There are no truths,” states one. “Well, if so, then is your statement true?” asks another. This statement and following question go a long way in demonstrating the crucial problem that any investigator of Nietzsche’s conceptions of perspectivism and truth encounters. How can one who believes that one’s conception of truth depends on the perspective from which one writes (as Nietzsche seems to believe) also posit anything resembling a universal truth (as Nietzsche seems to present the will to power, eternal recurrence, and the Übermensch)....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Yes, I am aware this is a Contradiction - I believe that the Broncos are going to own this football season. Yes, I believe that, but that’s not my main belief. Could I go on and on for pages and pages on that belief. You bet I could, but I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to tell you why I believe I shouldn’t have to write this essay. The number one reason why I believe I shouldn’t have to write this essay is that I’m not in school, which means that I don’t want to do anything that is work related. I just want to sit on my butt, watch movies, be obnoxious, and maybe improve my nonexistent Call of Duty skills....   [tags: Personal Experience] 840 words
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Contradiction to Relationship: The African American Slave Family - Human beings are born with a tabula rasa. This is a theory that explains that people are born without a pre-existing knowledge of their identity. It further describes that human knowledge and the development of their nature comes from experiences and interactions with other human beings. These types of interactions can turn into relationships, which can aid in personal growth and also bring in a strong support system during times of crisis. One of the first places a person may find this type of support and connection is in a stable family....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Juxtaposing the Most Similar Contradiction in Edgar Allan Poe's Work - ... Parallel to the themes of life and death are the echoes of love and hate. These two are more closely knitted often occurring within the same passage of time making their true distinction impossible. Such is the case with the stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Each one of the protagonists is wracked with an unmistakable hate for that which they previously, or still currently, love. In the short story, “The Black Cat”, the narrator is described originally as being an animal lover and had a special fondness for a large cat named Pluto, who was the narrator’s “favorite pet and playmate” (Poe)....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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A Shakespearean Contradiction to White Domination of Black Slaves: Exposing Religion’s Contamination of Love and Peace - ... Discussions brought to Elizabethan's attention by George Best’s witness, "whereby it seemeth this blacknes proceedeth rather of some natural infection of that man, which was so strong, that neither the nature of the salubrious English climate, nor the fair complexion of the mother concurring, coulde any thing alter" (qtd. in Ungerer). Feeling a royal disgust toward the possibility of half-charred grandchildren, Brabantio disowns Desdemona, refusing acknowledgement of her pollution. Her sudden immorality leads him to suspect the Moor of "[abusing] her with drugs and minerals,” as well as enchanting her “against the rules of nature” (1.2.76, 3.103)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Abortion and Prenatal Harm - Abortion and Prenatal Harm There is a basic contradiction involved in permitting abortion while at the same time prohibiting prenatal harm. (1) This contradiction can be stated in personhood terms and in terms of the woman's rights. I'd like to elucidate that contradiction and examine three solutions which rise out of current literature; I'd like then to propose a somewhat new, fourth solution. The Contradiction Stated in terms of personhood, the contradiction is this: abortion is permitted or condoned because the fetus (2) is not a person, but prenatal harm is prohibited or condemned because the fetus is a person....   [tags: Argumentative Pregnancy Papers] 4061 words
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La Croix on Descartes - La Croix on Descartes La Croix in his essay disputes the position set forth by Harry Frankfurt in his article "Descartes on the Creation of the Eternal Truths" (The Philosophical Review, 1977), charging that Frankfurt misrepresents Descartes’ view of God’s nature and power. According to La Croix, Frankfurt holds that, in claiming that God created the eternal truths and could have done the opposite with respect to establishing the law of contradiction, Descartes conceived of God’s power as extending beyond the laws of logic....   [tags: Papers] 601 words
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Apparent Contradictions in the Bible - We Can Trust Scriptures vs. Can We Trust Scriptures. For a Christian, Scriptures are the basis of what he believes. Scriptures are inspired by God and one can be sure that Scriptures never lie, because God simply cannot lie. God leads us ONLY to the truth: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). The Bible itself tells us that it is a good teacher and we may use it to teach others: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16) Nevertheless, if the Bible does contain contradictions, that has to mean that God is contradicting Himself....   [tags: Christianity, Religion, Scriptures] 1327 words
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Mill’s Objection to Kant’s Moral Theory - John Stuart Mill famously criticized Immanuel Kant and his theory of the Categorical Imperative by arguing that, “[Kant] fails… to show that there would be any contradiction, any logical (not to say physical) impossibility, in the adoption by all rational beings of the most outrageously immoral rules of conduct. All he shows is that the consequences of their universal adoption would be such as no one would choose to incur.” If accurate, this is a debilitating criticism of Kant’s moral theory as he had intended it....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Understanding Phenomenology - This essay will refer only to the three texts given here: M.M.P - Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Primacy of Perception and Its Philosophical Consequences E.H - Edmund Husserl, Pure Phenomenology, Its Method, and Its Field of Investigation M.H - Martin Heidegger, The Fundamental Discoveries of Phenomenology, Its Principle, and the Clarification of Its Name Pure phenomenology takes as given the existence of an intersubjective world(1), ("the totality of perceptible things and the thing of all things" M.M.P), and the existence of perceptual subjects who perceive the phenomena(2) of the world....   [tags: Philosophy] 2193 words
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Faith in Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard - ... Kierkegaard believes that God’s command of Abraham is absurd because it is a contradiction. The main contradiction with the entire scenario being that Abraham is going to sacrifice his son and minus the aspect of faith in this story, he becomes like any other murderer. “For if you simply remove faith as a nix and nought there remains only the raw fact that Abraham was willing to murder Isaac” (Kierkegaard 60). The contradiction that something unethical is to also be exalted, “It is like a two-edged sword, bringing death and salvation” (Kierkegaard 61)....   [tags: Faith Literary Analysis]
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Hegel and Kant on the Ontological Argument - Hegel and Kant on the Ontological Argument ABSTRACT: I intend to present Kant's refutation of the ontological argument as confronted by Hegel's critique of Kant's refutation. The ontological argument can be exposed in a syllogistic way: everything I conceive as belonging clearly and distinctly to the nature or essence of something can be asserted as true of something. I perceive clearly and distinctly that existence belongs to the nature or essence of a perfect being; therefore, existence can be stated as true of a supremely perfect being, that is, perfect being exists....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]
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Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales - Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales There is no question that contradictory values make up a major component of The Canterbury Tales. Fate vs. Fortuna, knowledge vs. experience and love vs. hate all embody Chaucer's famous work. These contrasting themes are an integral part of the complexity and sophistication of the book, as they provide for an ironic dichotomy to the creative plot development and undermine the superficial assumptions that might be made. The combination of completely contradictory motifs leads to the unusual stories and outcomes that come to play out in the tales....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]
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The 19th Century Critical Realism and Charles Dickens - Chapter I. Introduction In the 1830s, as the capitalist system had established and consolidated in Europe, the drawbacks of the capitalist society appeared, and the class contradictions also sharpened day by day. The capitalist mode of production "has left no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than calloused `cash payment'. It has drowned out the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation....   [tags: European Literature] 3680 words
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fast food nation analysis - Fast Food Nation Front Cover Analysis Don’t judge a book by its cover, but In this case we can. By simply looking closely at a pre determined front cover; we can learn a vast amount. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser uncovers the truth behind fast food and how it came to dominate the world. The front cover graphic shows a crispy box of French fries. The box with its patriotic stripes, stars and United States Island suggests that this book is focused on Americas eating habits. The children on the boxes give a sense of innocent pleasure and to visually show that children are the prime targets of these fast food chains....   [tags: essays research papers] 369 words
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Irony - Irony Assignment: Freewrite on the irony in your every day life. Then polish it up and write a paragraph about the irony you encounter. Isn't That Ironic. In general, a discrepancy between appearances and reality is irony. Irony is encountered thoughout our daily activies and comes in many forms; verbal, situational, and cosmic. Verbal irony is the most familiar kind, this occurs when we understand that the speaker's meaning is far from the usual meaning. For example, Sally rushes all morning to get to the parking lot early, only to find her space taken, she then exclaims,"This is exacly why I rushed, just so I can hunt for a empty space." We understand that she is not happy, and that her meaning is not literal....   [tags: essays papers] 412 words
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Taoism: An Analysis of the Tao - Taoism: An Analysis of the Tao      There is no single definition of Taoism in the Tao de Ching. The reader realizes that she will not find one in the text after seeing the first sentence. By saying that whatever can be described of the Tao is not the true Tao, its author, Lao-tzu, establishes his first premise: the Tao is a force beyond human explanation. However this assumption does not mean that he can't attempt to describe it. Using the literary tools of contradiction, parallel structure, and metaphor, Lao-tzu discusses the Tao in language regular people can understand....   [tags: essays research papers] 1322 words
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The Battle of the Somme by Lloyd George - The Battle of the Somme by Lloyd George Sources I and J are both written by Lloyd George, the first when he was ‘Secretary for War’ in 1916 and the second after his retirement in the 1930’s in-between of which he was of course he was the British Priminister who signed the peace treaties following the first world war. If one looks at source I first, the obvious thing you notice is that it is a very small source as its only an extract of two sentences from a letter he wrote to Field Marshal Haig on the 21st September after visiting the battlefield....   [tags: Papers] 733 words
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Relational Dialectics Theory - ... The couple may not always agree on what information to disclose (Griffin). Later on Baxter focused relational dialectics towards Mikhail Bakhtin’s conception of dialogue, which she called the second generation of relational dialectics (Griffin, 2009). This new generation included five dialogic elements that were formed within Bakhtin’s conception. These five dialogic strands are applied as: dialogue as a constructive process, dialogue as a dialectic flux, dialogue as an aesthetic moment, dialogue as utterance, and dialogue as critical sensibility....   [tags: Psychology]
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Reign of Fire - Reign of Fire Early this morning while rummaging through my sock drawer, I found the 32nd book of Proverbs, magically placed there by God, in a historical advent. This chapter proves the bible to be true, as it delivers divine prophecy about the movie Reign of Fire. God says "yo, yo, yo. What be goin down, ma fuckin' peeps?" (he's learning Ebonics, but not very good at it). Also, your great-grandmother ended up in hell. He just thought you'd like to know. 32 Health and sustaining abundance who can find....   [tags: Reign of Fire Essays] 567 words
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Critique on Relational Dialectics - Critique on Relational Dialectics A Theory by Baxter and Montgomery Relational Dialectics concerns itself with trying to explain the intricacies of close interpersonal relationships such as those with a lover, close friend, or family. Written by two women, Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery, it comes across a little more "touchy-feely" than other theories. This Humanist quality in the way it iw presented allows myself to critique Relational Dialectics in the following fashion. According to Griffin, there are five standards that are reliable to the critique of Humanist theories, and they are: New understanding of people; clarification of values; aestetic appeal; community agreement; reform society....   [tags: Sociology Sociological Essays]
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Relational Dialectics: A Research Report - Relational Dialectics: A Research Report This research of Relational Dialectics Theory refers to the book titled A Handbook of Personal Relationships, edited by Steve Duck. The title "A Dialectical Perspective on Communication Strategies in Relationship Development," written by Lesile Baxter, presents the basic strategies for an ideal relationship . The theories in which Baxter discusses describe the communication actions that a coulpe must use to establish, maintain, and dissolve their personal relationships....   [tags: Relationships Sociology Sociological Papers]
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Persistence: Endurantist vs. Perdurantist - The notion of Persistence gives way to several predominant theories; of which, attempt to account for many possible questions that arise from it. As in most cases of debate, when more than one account of such is held to be true, there will clearly be much disagreement. Two views that claim to account accurately for persistence that remain widely known are , that of an endurantist (Threeist) and that of a perdurantist (Twoist). The endurantist will hold that objects are wholly present at all times, a persistent object ‘endures’ over time....   [tags: essays research papers] 673 words
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Reservoir Dogs - "I don't give a fuck what you know or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It's so amusing for me to torture a cop. All you can do is pray for a quick death, which you aint gonna get." Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, 1992 This guy was the most twisted and sickly perverted guy in the whole movie. He had no reservations about killing people. He was brutal. He loved torture and death. By his own admission he liked to see the peoples' expressions when they died....   [tags: essays research papers] 609 words
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The Summa Teologica By Thomas - The Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas Born in Italy, Thomas Aquinas was one of the most educated men of his time. Aquinas, whose family were noble, was educated as a monk and later continued his education at the University of Naples followed by the University of Paris where he studied the ancient Greek thought of Aristotle. Educated in both philosophy and theology,Aquinas is thought to be one of the most important philosophers of Catholicism. One ofAquinas's most influential writings is the Summa Theologica....   [tags: essays research papers] 685 words
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Utterances - Utterances Some kinds of utterances which have an indicative grammatical form seem, for different reasons, to be unable to say something true of the world. Logical contradictions are only the prime example of something the author baptizes impossible descriptions. So-called performative contradictions (e.g., "I do not exist") make up another kind, but there are at least two more such kinds: negating affirmations and performatives which cannot be explained within the philosophy of language. Only philosophical anthropology can explain their feature of "impossibleness," and a distinction between unreflective and reflective consciousness is central to the explanation....   [tags: Language Speech Papers] 3163 words
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Humanity versus Virtual Reality - Humanity versus Virtual Reality . . . Aiding this process was a definition of information, formalized by Claude Shannon and Norbert Wiener, that conceptualized information as an entity distinct from the substrates carrying it. From this formulation, it was a small step to think of information as a kind of bodiless fluid that could flow between different substrates without loss of meaning or form. Writing nearly four decades after Turing, Hans Moravec proposed that human identity is essentially an informational pattern rather than an embodied enaction....   [tags: William Wordsworth Technology Essays]
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Ethics Paper - Everyday we each face questions of what we ought to do. We sometimes ask ourselves, “What if everyone did that?” Every time you decide to pick up a piece of trash because you want the city to look nice, you are not doing it because of the aesthetic effect of one piece of trash, but rather what the city would look like if no one picked up their trash. Kant uses this everyday question in his system of morality as part of the categorical imperative. For Kant, the morality of an action can be determined by the categorical imperative....   [tags: essays research papers] 1120 words
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human reason - Perspectives on Human Reason Human reason is a topic that, without a doubt, can have multiple outlooks by various individuals. Descartes believed that reason was the ultimate cornerstone of human knowledge, while Pascale believed that reason alone could not allow someone to attain knowledge. He felt there were limits on reason. Both tried, to the best of their ability, to back their beliefs and make others see their point of view. Descartes doubted the senses and believed that people only knew things through the content of their mind through human reason....   [tags: essays research papers] 876 words
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Karl Marx's Theory of Capitalism - Karl Marx's Theory of Capitalism Marxism like functionalism is concerned with the overall picture of society. Marxism is seen as a conflict theory, Mainly because they see the primary interests of society as a whole as being made up of conflicting groups with conflicting interests or beliefs. We are a very materialistic society. A society made up of those who have, and those who have not. Marxists sociologists say that there will never be true social harmony because there are too many inequalities within our cultural society....   [tags: Papers] 2228 words
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Why God Cannot Exist Using Descartes' Arguements - Why God Cannot Exist Using Descartes' Arguements Descartes sets about proving the existence of God through his meditations on knowledge in an effort to prove the skeptics of his time wrong. He first determines that human knowledge is based entirely too much on unproved presuppositions. He argues that this makes it difficult to distinguish between truth and error, since we cannot recognize true knowledge. Descartes proposes that the quest for knowledge must be based upon universal doubt. Specifically, he proposes the following in relation to his universal methodic doubt: 1....   [tags: Papers] 1031 words
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Anselm's Existence of God Refuted - Anselm's Existence of God Refuted Anselm's Existence of God Refuted If the only proofs for the existence of God were Aquinas’s five ways and Anselm’s ontological argument, in my opinion, Anselm provides the best reasoning. I am not saying that Anselm’s argument is good, or even valid, but just that given the set of proofs by Aquinas and Anselm, Anselm’s is better. Anselm argues, in effect, that the existence of God is built into the very concept of God. He proceeds by a form of argument called reductio ad absurdum -- reduction to absurdity....   [tags: Papers] 1125 words
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A Harsh Critique on Hierarchy and Difference - A Harsh Critique on Hierarchy and Difference Octavia Butler’s trilogy Lilith’s Brood contains a myriad of characters who would be marked as “different” in contemporary American society, whether it is because of their race, gender, sex, or species. Their differences are often the catalyst for conflict between others who see themselves as more normal and, therefore, better and higher ranked in the human hierarchy. Butler’s disdain for human hierarchical tendencies is clear in Lilith’s Brood as she often calls human intelligence and hierarchy “the human contradiction”....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1545 words
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Weekly Reading Review - The readings for this week concerned much upon the origins of meanings that we derive from the images we observe, whether advertisement, entertainment or social interactions. The consensus among Mayne and Gledhill is that what we perceive has nothing to do with what we actually see and everything to do with how we have been trained to feel. Mayne focuses on the way feminine themes are portrayed in cinema and Gledhill describes the framework for forming those meanings. Mayne explores the history of feminist film and draws conclusions and parallels between the social setting and the images displayed within the movies....   [tags: Gender Studies] 1021 words
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The Failure of Modern Capitalism: Looking at Modern Situations from a Marxist Perspective - In a time of such economic distress, where it sometimes feels as though the world as we know it is coming to an end, it is hard not to examine and question the fundamental idea of capitalism. Many people are starting to wonder if our laissez-faire attitude towards the economy can continue to be successful or if a major change to our society is imminent. In seeking answers to these questions, it is impossible not to think of economist Karl Marx, who spent the better part of his career analyzing capitalism....   [tags: economy, government]
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Determinism - Determinisms- Is the view that there are no free acts. Saying that there in no free will. Soft-Determinisms- Which maintains that free will is compatible with determinism. Libertarianism- is the view that there are some free acts, they admit that there are some acts which are not free. For example you don’t have the ability to jump the moon. Arguments against Determinism- Is to challenge the assumption that we are purely material beings. Another objection would be to challenge the premises that matter is determined....   [tags: essays research papers] 464 words
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