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The Tragedy Of Titus Lucretius Was A Roman Poet And A Philosopher

- Titus Lucretius Carus was a roman poet and a philosopher. He was born in 99B.C. and died 55B.C. As a philosopher he was very well known for his work on Epicureanism, or as we refer to it today, The Nature of Things. After reading his work, I believe that the source of religious belief is born within the fundamental nature of man and religious teaching embodies a deep concern shared by philosophy, for us as humans to possess knowledge of our world as a whole. No politics or laws will keep man from believing what they want, and we will always have a longing for political rule or higher power....   [tags: Religion, Human, Universe, Lucretius]

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Enslaving Nature of Love Exposed in Lucretius

- Enslaving Nature of Love Exposed in Lucretius In Dryden's Lucretius, the speaker argues that (1) Love is a sickness, (2) Love's sickness enslaves, and (3) all attempts to remedy Love's sickness are vain and will only frustrate the lover. Just as Milton's Adam and Eve become enslaved to sin by disobeying God, so mankind becomes enslaved to Love when pierced with Cupid's "winged arrow". In Milton, there is redemption and freedom through Christ, but in Dryden, no salvation from love is possible....   [tags: Lucretius Essays]

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Lucretius' Writing on the Fear of Death

- At the most basic level of subconscious thought, every living animal possesses a desire to stay alive. Usually, this instinct lays dormant, although in dire situations, we can be led to do unexpected things. In addition to this subconscious drive, there is a socially constructed motivation for fearing death. Thanks to the pervasive nature of religion throughout history, much of humanity has, at some point or another, feared the prospect of eternal damnation and torture during one’s life after death....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Comparing Lucretius And Marcus Aurelius

- Lucretius and Marcus Aurelius, have both similar and different views on the role that death plays in life and philosophy. They both believe our fear is due in some part to the uncertainty that surrounds the process of death. However, both philosophers have dissimilar approaches on why we shouldn’t fear the unknown concept of death. Drawing from these reasons and explanations, they arrive at the way this fear affects our lives and what we should do to change it. Both Lucretius and Marcus Aurelius think we fear death because of some different, yet also similar factors....   [tags: Soul, Life, Fear, Universe]

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Lucretius' Soul Theory

- In his only extant work, the poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), Epicurean author Titus Lucretius Carus writes of the soul as being inseparable from the corporeal body. This view, although controversial in its opposition to the traditional concept of a discrete, immortal soul, is nevertheless more than a mere novelty. The argument that Lucretius makes for the soul being an emergent property of interactions between physical particles is in fact more compelling and well-supported now than Lucretius himself would have ever imagined....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Q&A: The Three Principles of Epicurus and Lucretius

- Overview 2-5, about LS§4 ‘The principles of conservation’ 1. What are the three principles that Epicurus and Lucretius are arguing for in these passages. (i) Things do not come to be out of what is not, out of nothing. (ii) Things do not pass into nothing; things are not literally annihilated. (iii) The totality of things was and will forever be as it is now; this totality does not change, and there is nothing external to that things might be introduced to change it. It is evident that things do not come to exist out of just anything; each comes into being out of particular things—fruit from the tree, tree from the seed, seed from the fruit; bird from the egg, egg from the bird....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Can Something Be Made From Nothing? The Nature of Things by Lucretius

- Is it possible to take nothing and create it into something. You’re probably thinking how on earth could you take nothing and create it into something; there is no way it could happen, right. There is the religious view that explains that the reason why there are humans is the reason that god is the first human being to exist. Then there is the scientific view that explains that there are laws, such as the law of gravity, which is used to help explain how it is possible that something can be created from nothing....   [tags: universe, god, evolution, darwin]

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The, Death, By De Rerum Natura

- In the section “Death” in De Rerum Natura, Lucretius addresses to our mortal fear that death brings the loss of everything we are, and that we must one day forfeit ourselves to the universe. Unfortunately, he does this by urging you to come to the understanding that losing every aspect of what a person is, both physically and in the world of forms, is inevitable. Death eradicates both mind and body; the two are intrinsically linked in life and death. Furthermore, it should be by this very fear of the inevitability of personal oblivion that we are soothed....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existence, Life, Lucretius]

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The Ideal Political Leader Vs. Plato

- In this paper, I will argue that the ideal political leaders would like to lead the city from their innate drive. Give a brief definition of all relevant terms According to Plato, “Philosopher” is a person who has the knowledge applicable to any aspects of the city and sufficient enough to lead the city and become a ruler through many years of training. (Plato, VI.484c) “The ideal political leader” is a guardian who keeps the law and the ways of life of the city just. (Plato, VI.484c) “Virtue” includes wisdom, courage, moderation, and the justice....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Justice, Political philosophy]

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God, Good and Evil

- Four Romans—Lucretius, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Plotinus—were all advocates of various models of earlier Greek philosophy. The philosophical tradition is that of asking and answering questions: what are reality, being, the soul, and how do we know and gain understanding about these concepts. Such critical inquiries in turn lead to the metaphysical: the essence of God or the Supreme Being, the nature of man and the world, and is it even possible for man to ever know the scope and complexities of God or the Supreme....   [tags: Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Religion]

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Stoicism and Epicureanism

- With their philosophical roots grounded in ancient Greece, Stoicism and Epicureanism had contrary yet significant impacts on Roman society. These two philosophies differed in many of their basic theories. Stoics attempted to reach a moral level where they had freedom from passion, while Epicureans strove for pleasure and avoided all types of pain. Stoics like the Epicureans, emphasized ethics as the main field of knowledge, but they also developed theories of logic and natural science to support their ethical doctrines....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Epicureanism and Stoicism: How to Live a Comfortable and Satsifactory Life

- THESIS STATEMENT The philosophical ideas of Epicureanism and Stoicism taught how to live a comfortable and satisfactory life, although they maintained similar aspects, Epicurus and Zeno’s teachings incorporated exceptional differences. PURPOSE STATEMENT In examining literary works, documents, and articles referring to the notable aspects of Epicureanism and Stoicism, the contrasts and discrepancies of these philosophical theories are clear. INTRODUCTION In ancient Greece, many philosophers professed their ideas in hopes of gaining supporters and making themselves and their philosophical concepts known....   [tags: ancient greece, social relationships]

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The Roman War Machine

- The roman war machine draws definitive lines between what is human and what is natural through their military camp. Polybius describes the roman military system as diametrically organized to that of the Greek. Whereas the Greeks “adapt the camp to the natural advantages of the ground”, the Romans impose themselves upon their surroundings. Every camp is uniform in order to expedite communication and organization. From the location of the consul’s flag, an entire camp, without instruction, can materialize with the homogeneity equivalent of the factory mass production of the Industrial Revolution....   [tags: Roman History]

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Epicurean Death

- The mind, body and soul are connected therefore the soul must die with the body, therefore the soul must be mortal, therefore one will experience nothing after death, therefore one should not fear death. That is the Super Sparknotes version of Book III of Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things. It looks so tidy on the page laid out like that, but when broken down and considered with respect to human nature and existence, it becomes far more complex, as many things often do when taken out of the context of academic theory and applied to, for lack of a better term, real life....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Materialism vs Idealism

- Materialism vs Idealism History tells us very little of Titus Lucretius Carus, but one can see from reading his work that he has a strong dislike towards religious superstition, which he claims is the root of human fear and in turn the cause of impious acts. Although he does not deny the existence of a god, his work is aimed at proving that the world is not guided or controlled by a divinity. Lucretius asserts that matter exists in the form of atoms, which move around the universe in an empty space....   [tags: essays papers]

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Ella Fitzgerald: Queen of the Swerve

- Section I: Setting the Critical Stage: The Importance of Wondrich’s “Swerve” in Making a Successful Musical Hit Hot and cool, while they are most often used to describe the weather, can also be used to categorize different kinds of music. David Wondrich distinguishes between the “hot” and the “cool” by introducing two concepts, referred to as the “drive” and the “swerve”.1 According to Wondrich: drive is “the quality that gives a piece of music momentum, that…makes your body want to move with the music…”; swerve is captured in the following description: “When Billie Holiday starts slurring her notes, bending away from the melody and then rushing ahead to catch it up, she’s working the swer...   [tags: Musical, Analysis, Wondrich, Swerve]

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Bernard Williams' Paper The Makropulos Case

- ... Pushing the idea further, it does appear that immortality is a positive thing when an individual can pursue new and ever evolving categorical desires as their life continues. This idea will reemerge as we discuss avoiding boredom over infinity. Building upon the accumulation of categorical desires, Williams asserts that as we approach temporal infinity all those desires have been satisfied. The satisfaction of these desires is not by means of “just enough” fulfillment, but by a “more than enough” sense of fulfillment....   [tags: reflections on the tedium of immortality]

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Exploration of Philisophical Materialism

- Philosophical Materialism is a belief that existence can be explained purely in terms of matter, without the inclusion of consciousness or spirit. Everything in the universe is matter only, and that there is no spiritual or intellectual reality. Materialism is based on the concept that the universe is a material dimension and that all phenomena in the universe are strictly the result of the material properties and interactions. Materialism claims that the world is knowable. Through science we have been able to get a lot of knowledge of some of the things we didn’t even know existed....   [tags: conciousness, belief, god]

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Exposing the Falseness of Truth in On the Nature of the Universe

- Exposing the Falseness of Truth in On the Nature of the Universe         Truth is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it. Questions regarding the nature of truth have always been central to not only philosophers, but all men (and women, of course) who possess any desire for knowledge. For while truth itself is an elusive concept, it is also the underlying theme of all science -- which is the basis of knowledge -- and so the seeker of learning must first discover his own truth about the world; without a strong belief, the slippery nature of truth will only serve to confuse and mislead the student of life....   [tags: Nature Universe]

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Analyzing Maxwell And Pierces ' Argument

- To summarize Maxwell and Pierces’ argument is about how Chris Johnson’s abilities relate to Autism. Should we treat people that have heightened and diminished cognitive abilities like the DCA treated Chris. A government agency that hunts down mutants and either eliminates them or uses them for the governments personal gain. Is there an ethical significance between the two. They are arguing these points to make you think about the subject. He talks about Aristotle and his view that normal development is typical development, which makes for a god human being....   [tags: Human, Thought, Race, Hominidae]

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Augustine 's Emergence From The Cave

- Augustine 's Emergence from the Cave Augustine’s Confessions is the story of his search for ultimate truth. Out of the Greek and Roman scholars that influence Augustine, Plato 's iconic imagery of the Cave is one of the most influential works apparent in Confessions. Much like the man emerging from the cave and adjusting to the sunlight, Augustine has to emerge from his life of sin to acquaint himself with the truth, the light of the Gospel message. According to Plato, people are chained up inside a dark cave....   [tags: God, Jesus, Augustine of Hippo, Truth]

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The Role of Nature

- The Role of Nature Introduction Considering the history of literature, the conception of Nature seems to be a quite complex question. 'Nature' is not a concept that can be grasped easily and it often requires discussing some great philosophical conceptions like 'Pantheism' or 'Deism'. However, my paper will not deal in detail with such vast enquiries. I rather want to focus more accurately on how 'Nature' is used by Pope and Coleridge, respectively. With other words, I would like to analyse the function of the concept of 'Nature'....   [tags: Nature Poetry Poet natural Essays]

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The Discovery and Development of Nuclear Technology

- The Discovery and Development of Nuclear Technology Man has always been interested in how the world around him works. He wondered about the structure of matter,of which his world, as well as our world, is made up. Countless scientists have been pondering that same question ever since the beginning of time. In this paper you will read about just a few of the men and women that broke the ground for the nuclear technology of today. One of the first people to do this was a Greek philosopher named Anaxagoras in five hundred years before Christ....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Concepts, Theories and Unknowns Aspects of Magnetism

- Concepts, Theories and Unknowns Aspects of Magnetism Magnetism has long been one of the great mysteries of the world. It has gone for so long unexplained and although there has been a lot of progress in figuring out how magnetism works and what it’s caused by, it still isn’t completely understood. There are many theories about magnetism, but there is still much more yet to be discovered about magnetism. In the future it will probably be easily understood, but none the less intriguing. Magnets have intrigued people for a long time; they were discovered long ago....   [tags: Papers]

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Interocular Transfer of the Motion After-Effect

- Interocular Transfer of the Motion After-Effect A prominent phenomenon in the field of visual science is the motion after-effect (MAE) which is believed to provide a way of bringing together current knowledge of neurophysiology with a measurable visual phenomenon. The MAE is described as a visual illusion produced by viewing any number of motion types (i.e. lateral or vertical linear, spiral, radial or rotation). By viewing a moving physical object for a period of time until the eyes is adapted to the motion....   [tags: Papers]

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Thunder and Early Scientific Theory

- Thunder and Early Scientific Theory It lends its name to one of the most common weather phenomenon on Earth -- the thunderstorm -- and its associated elements: the thunderhead, thunder cloud, thunder bolt, thundershower and thunder clap. Early humans believed thunder came from the deities -- the voice and expression of their god(s). The roster of thunder gods includes: Thor of the Scandinavians, Donar of the Germans, Zeus of the Greeks, Jupiter of the Romans, Taranis of the Celts, Perkunis of the Slavs, Indra of the Indians and Shango of the Nigerian Yoruba....   [tags: Thunderstorm Papers]

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Should We Fear Death Because It Is Bad Or Not Fear Non Existence?

- Should we fear death because it is bad or not fear non-existence. According to Fred Feldman, death is bad for a person when it deprives that person of good things that would have happened if he had lived. John Doe died due to an accident he had with a trolley. Doe’s death is bad because of the near possible world, the deprivation approach, and his premature death. It’s also considered bad because we may love life. The first reason to why death may be bad is because of a near possible world. A near possible world is a scenario where John would still be alive....   [tags: Death, Life, Personal life, Afterlife]

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The History of Chemistry Up to the XIX Century

- ... Early civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Babylonians amassed practical knowledge concerning the arts of metallurgy, pottery and dyes, but didn't develop a systematic theory.A basic chemical hypothesis first emerged in Classical Greece with the theory of four elements as propounded definitively by Aristotle stating that that fire, air, earth and water were the fundamental elements from which everything is formed as a combination. Greek atomism dates back to 440 BC, arising in works by philosophers such as Democritis and Epicurus....   [tags: chymistry, a scientific art]

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An Analysis of The Wife of Bath Prologue

- The Wife of Bath is a wealthy and elegant woman with extravagant, brand new clothing. She is from Bath, a key English cloth-making town in the Middle Ages, making her a talented seam stress. Before the wife begins her tale, she informs the audience about her life and personal experience on marriage, in a lengthy prologue. The Wife of Bath initiates her prologue by declaring that she has had five husbands, giving her enough experience to make her an expert on marriage. Numerous people have criticized her for having had many husbands, but she does not see anything immoral about it....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Prologue Essays]

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Major Contributors to the Theory of Evolution

- ... Plato introduced the concept of eidos, the unchanging ideal forms of all the phenomena of the world, stating variations were imperfect manifestations of the ideal, divinely inspired form. Thus, Plato ruled out evolutionary thinking. Aristotle questioned Plato’s philosophy - stating gradation in the natural world from simple to complex. He proposed the concept of scala naturae (Great Chain of Being) in which species are fixed and do not evolve on the ladder of life. For two thousand years. Aristotle’s worldview was accepted by western philosophy....   [tags: philosophy, geology, natural selection]

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The Philosophy Of God 's Life

- Everyone has their own outlook on life. Most people feel like money and success brings them happiness, while others think love is all they need. “For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul” (Epicurus). Our philosophies change over time as we grow older and wiser. As a child I thought the world was full of so much happiness, love, peace and joy. Once I grew older my philosophy became clear that there is more to life than just living. In the world today it is best to have something that makes you look forward to the next day....   [tags: God, Human, Evil, Life]

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Naturalism and the Venetian Poesia

- In the essay “Naturalism and the Venetian ‘Poesia’: Grafting, Metaphor, and Embodiment in Giorgione, Titian, and the Campagnolas,” Campbell explains the role of poetic painting, poesia, in Venetian artwork during the 1500s. Titian personally used the term poesia when he “[referred] to paintings he was making for [King Philip II] with subject matter derived from the ancient poets.” Poesia now refers to a type of sixteenth century Venetian painting, which Giorgione and Titian initiated and used within their works....   [tags: grafting, metaphor, embodiment]

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Gas: The Kinetic Molecular Theory

- Gas is one of three states of matter. The gas state is composed of a group of molecules that move freely, independent of each other. There are certain properties that define gas and separate the state of matter from the other two states: solid and liquid. Many different energies, forces, and amounts greatly affect the behavior of any type of gas. These differences consist of pressure, temperature, volume and even the number of molecules of a gaseous element. There is a mathematical relationship between all of these properties that affect all the properties when only one is changed....   [tags: Boyle and Charles Laws]

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Description Of The Word Chemistry

- Etymology The word chemistry comes from alchemy, which referred to an earlier set of practices that encompassed elements of chemistry, metallurgy, philosophy, astrology, astronomy, mysticism and medicine. It is often seen as linked to the quest to turn lead or another common starting material into gold,[6] though in ancient times the study encompassed many of the questions of modern chemistry being defined as the study of the composition of waters, movement, growth, embodying, disembodying, drawing the spirits from bodies and bonding the spirits within bodies by the early 4th century Greek-Egyptian alchemist Zosimos.[7] An alchemist was called a 'chemist ' in popular speech, and later the s...   [tags: Chemistry, Chemical element, Antoine Lavoisier]

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Along Came An Epicurean

- As my close friend and I were walking down the street we passed by a bookstore and decided to go in and take a look. As we were in the store we saw this man that stuck out like a sore thumb, heads were turning from every person he walked passed. One of the most intriguing things about this gentleman is that he seemed to care less about all of the eyes honed in on him, and he was carefully observing all of his surrounding, taking everything in. This man was stationed at the philosophical section of the store and was reading One The Nature of Things by Lucretius....   [tags: Personal Experience]

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Epicureans: A Debate

- My topic focuses on Rosenbaum’s defense of the epicurean view, Luper’s critique of this view and my argument on who has a stronger position in regards to the topic. I am going to do this by describing both arguments in a detailed manner. Rosenbaum defends the epicurean view while Luper argues against, both sides provide excellent arguments and my argument is that which I feel is more superior. Rosenbaum defends the epicurean view throughout his essay. Epicurus “argued that since death is neither good or bad for the person dead and since the fear of that which is not bad for one is groundless, it is unreasonable to fear death” (Benatar, 175)....   [tags: Philosophy, Rosenbaum, Luper]

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The Hellenized Rome

- The Hellenized Rome The Roman Empire began as a small colony, in the city of Rome, and eventually, became one of the largest empires that the world has ever known before its ultimate demise. Because of the vast size of their territory, and the number of cultures they consumed throughout their existence, the Romans were heavily influenced by the Greeks and other Hellenistic civilizations. Two different groups of professors argue this point. Professors Matthews, Platt, and Noble argue this influence is reflected by Roman music, philosophy, literature, architecture, art, culture/government, and technology and science; and Professor Weber argues this is reflected in the areas of government/...   [tags: roman empire, hellenistic culture]

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The Effects of Aristotelian Teleological Thought on Darwin's Mechanistic Views of Evolution

- The Effects of Aristotelian Teleological Thought on Darwin's Mechanistic Views of Evolution The need to understand organisms has been a much sought goal of science since its birth as biology. History shows Aristotle and Charles Darwin as two of the most powerful biologists of all time. Aristotle's teleological method was supported widely for over 2,000 years. One scientist remarks that the Aristotelian teleology "has been the ghost, the unexplained mystery which has haunted biology through its whole history" (Ayala, 10)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Byron's To Thyrza

- Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Byron's To Thyrza   Crompton states in his epilogue "...diverse sexual lifestyles still arouse apprehension even when they threaten no direct harm to others. In this particular matter, our culture faces business unfinished by the Enlightenment" (381). Examining Byron and Shakespeare's poetry, opens a window to the prevailing sexual attitude of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and defines more clearly the intent of these poets. A sexual metamorphosis involving the realization of homosexual desires and nonconventional erotic preferences occurs in both Lord Byron's "To Thyrza" and William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 20", but the poets,...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

- The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari ABSTRACT: In academic philosophy the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari are still treated as curiosities and their importance for philosophical discussions is not recognized. In order to remedy this, I demonstrate how the very concept of philosophy expounded by the two contributes to philosophical thinking at the end of the twentieth century while also providing a possible line of thought for the next millenium. To do this, I first emphasize the influence of Deleuze's thinking, while also indicating the impact Guattari had on him....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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The Lives and Contests of the Gladiators

- The Lives and Contests of the Gladiators One form of entertainment in the Roman world was gladiatorial contests. In these, the Roman citizens would go to watch gladiators fight, often to the death. Today, these contests seem brutal and cruel, but at the time it was very popular and widely accepted. The Roman people would quite happily judge over whether a man would live or die. Why were the contests so entertaining that they would cost a man his life over it. There were different types of gladiators and different types of contests to keep the citizens interested....   [tags: Papers]

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The Atomic Bomb in World War Two

- The Atomic Bomb in World War Two In 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the armed forces of the United States and her allies had been at war with Japan. The combined land, sea and air forces of the allied forces fought back against Japan, until only the Japanese homeland remained in Japanese control. On July 26,1941 President Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration,which called for Japan’s unconditional surrender and listed peace terms. The Japanese were warned of the consequences of continued resistance by the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, signed by President Truman, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with concurrence of Chang Kai-Shek, President of the National Government...   [tags: WWII World War 2 Essays]

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Man at the Brink of Immortality

- Man at the Brink of Immortality From the earliest civilizations arose an innate desire to survive in any given environment. Those that chose to fight death’s henchmen, famine and war, developed more advanced agricultural techniques and created complex social structures. The primal instinct to exist drove humanity to proliferate across the world, as many populations boomed, seemingly without bound. Throughout history, this fervent yearning for life was shared by the predominant masses, but the inevitable befell every person on earth....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Harold Frederic's Damnation of Theron Ware

- Science and Scientists in Harold Frederic's Damnation of Theron Ware In The Damnation of Theron Ware, Harold Frederic uses the character of Dr. Ledsmar to represent science and the modern, scientific world-view, as a counter to the other archetypal world-views in the story: that of the Church in the priest Father Forbes, a quasi-pagan Hellenistic attitude of Celia, and the unstable Protestantism of Theron Ware. Like the very unique Father Forbes, an unusual priest indeed, Dr. Ledsmar is characteristic of a certain popular image of science that is frequently found in fiction, the isolated and eccentric crank, an unfeeling and driven by a need to take some kind of truth from Nature by fo...   [tags: Harold Frederic Damnation of Theron Ware]

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change in art/expressive cultures

- Through globalization western culture has changed in art/expressive cultures. Expressive culture/art has played a part in the helping professions since ancient times. As early as 500 BC, the Egyptians utilized concerts and dance in the treatment of the mentally ill. Likewise, the Greeks used drama as a way of assisting the disturbed in purging their repressed emotions. The Hebrews relied on music, and other arts, in restoring and promoting mental health too, the most famous example being David who played his harp to soothe a distraught King Saul....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Immanuel Kant

- He was the fourth of nine children of Johann Georg and Anna Regina Kant, German philosopher Immanuel Kant was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia in 1724. Son of a humble saddler, his family belonged to a Protestant religious group of Pietists ,religion was a very improtant part in every aspect of their lives. Even though Kant was critical of formal religion, he still admired the conduct of Pietists. Kant’s went to elementary school at Saint George’s Hospital School and then went to the Collegium Fredericianum, a Pietist school, where he studied from 1732 until 1740....   [tags: Immanuel Kant]

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Atom And Qi

- Atom & Qi The atom is the smallest portion of a substance that is not perceivable by human senses. The notion of atoms was conceived by ancient Greeks and was developed over thousands of years of scientific inquiry. The concept of qi as the most basic substance of which the world (everything) is comprised, was understood by the ancient Chinese. Both ¡¥atom¡¦ and ¡¥qi¡¦ are believed to exist by human beings and both are considered to be unseen objects (until we could see atoms recently). However, they lead to different interpretations of natural phenomena: the concept of the atom was developed in relation to ¡¥materiality¡¦, whereas qi is relavant to ¡¥spirituality¡¦....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a sad genius who tried to live a happy life. Fascinated with history, language and philosophy, wildly happy in the company of children, he became a serious student of religion as he sought to better our condition in this world. He mastered Latin and Greek, pondered the great philosophers, and, suddenly he was re-born - he became an amalgam of Lucretius, Pliny, Hume, Locke, d'Holbach, Bacon, Voltaire, Spinoza, Franklin, Paine, and a host of other giants whose thoughts were melded into his flashing mind....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Introduction Magnets are stones that produce magnetic fields. The magnetic field is invisible, but is responsible for the most noticeable aspect of a magnet: the attraction of a metal object or the repulsion of another magnet. Magnets are used in common everyday household items: credit cards, TVs, speakers, motors, and compasses. A magnets strength is measured by its magnetic moment. (“Magnetism”) How did it all begin. There are legends surrounding the discovery of magnets. One of the more common ones is that an elderly shepherd named Magnes, was herding his sheep in Magnesia, an area in Northern Greece around 4,000 years ago....   [tags: Scientific Research ]

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- Earthquakes Throughout history, man has made many advancements. These advancements have been made to make life easier. The one thing man can't do is to control Mother Nature. Mother Nature can cause many things such as earthquakes. The causes of earthquakes have been theorized in many ways. According to the book Predicting Earthquakes by Gregory Vogt, the Greeks, "blamed the earthquakes on Poseidon, god of the sea"(25). The Hindu believed that "the earth was a platform that rested on the back of eight great elephants....   [tags: Natural Science]

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- Atheism People in our society today who have the atheist point of view on religion, which is the belief that there is no god, are going against the so-called norms of society, and therefor are seen as deviant. Deviance is just an idea. Society determines what is deviant by the ideas they hold of what should be the norm. Atheism is seen as a negative deviance, or below the norm. They have a status that is placed on them in society. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they believe in evil, although that is how it is sometimes viewed from people in society who have a specific religion or faith....   [tags: Papers]

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The Rape of Lucretia

- The time is the sixth century, the place is Rome and the person is Lucretia, a woman who contributed to one of the biggest parts of Roman history: the creation of the Roman republic. The rape of the virtuous Lucretia by Sextus Tarquinius, the son of Tarquinius Superbus' (an Etruscan king) was the final straw for the Roman people and pushed them to want to change from a monarchy to a republic. From the accounts of the rape of Lucretia from ancient historians like Livy, Cicero and Dionysius, it is clear that Lucretias rape not only spurred the roman people to want to get rid of the Etruscan King and his family, but also revealed the important role of virtue in women in roman society....   [tags: Roman History, Sextus Tarquinius]

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Worship of Jupiter: King of the Gods

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Argument of Alfarabi’s Book of Religion

- Argument of Alfarabi’s Book of Religion For this paper I reviewed four works by the philosopher Abu Nasr al-Farabi (864-933d ce). These were the Enumeration of the Sciences, the Book of Religion, Selected Aphorisms, andthe Attainment of Happiness. Three of these were new translations by Ch. E. Butterworth, the fourth Attainment of Happiness: is from the anthology Medieval Political Philosophy edited by Ralph Lerner and Muhsin Mahdi, the latter being the translator of the piece. The assignment calls for an analysis of one of the above works....   [tags: ]

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