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Sartre: Authentic Existence in Living in Bad Faith

- Sartre: authentic existence in contrast to living in bad faith Jean Paul Sartre's philosophy is one of the most popular systems of thought in the school called existentialism. Sartre valued human freedom and choice, and held it in the highest regard. To be able to live an authentic existence, one must take responsibility for all the actions that he freely chooses. This total freedom that man faces often throws him into a state of existential anguish, wherein he is burdened by the hardship of having to choose all the time....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Arguments for God's Existence

- A dictionary definition of God is a being conceived of as supernatural, immortal, and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and nature. Along with many other individuals throughout the world, believe in the existence of higher human being otherwise known as God. Therefore I am defending the existence of God. There are really only two arguments in favor of the existence of God. One comes from reason and the other from experience. The argument from reason is an ontological argument....   [tags: Papers]

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Prayer and Existence of God Discussion

- Prayer and Existence of God Discussion In order to answer this question in a balanced way, we need to look at the views of Christians and atheists, in terms of their beliefs about the existence of a god. It is impossible to prove whether or not there is a God. One argument for the existence of God is that the universe is so ordered and perfectly designed, it could not have happened by chance; there must have been a creator. This is known as the Teleological Theory or the “Design Argument”....   [tags: Free Essays]

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The Mystery of God's Existence

- The Mystery of God's Existence The mystery of God's existence has been a crucial element of many religious studies and traditions. Who is God. What is God. Where is God. To effectively discuss the existence of God, it is necessary to illustrate the notion of faith. People of faith believe that God does exist, and that relationship with God gives meaning to their lives. Others who are skeptical point to God as an obsolete hope of an ignorant human race. People today live in a world distinguished by sophisticated technology in which modern science has been a strong agent in questioning the existence of God....   [tags: Papers]

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Existentialism

- Existentialism is the title of the set of philosophical ideals that emphasizes the existence of the human being, the lack of meaning and purpose in life, and the solitude of human existence. Existentialism maintains existence precedes essence: This implies that the human being has no essence, no essential self, and is no more that what he is. He is only the sum of life is so far he has created and achieved for himself. Existentialism acquires its name from insisting that existence precedes essence....   [tags: Existence]

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The Existence of Terrorism Throughout History

- The Existence of Terrorism Throughout History   The history of terrorism can’t be traced back to a certain time or date.  However, there has been a great history in the terrorism timeline.  Whether they have been foreign attacks or domestic attacks the United States have been through them all.  A bloody and gruesome history is about to unraveled.  If one were to talk about the first act of terrorism you might have to take Adam and Eve for example.  Seriously if condemning the rest of the human race to a mortal life isn’t consider a terrorism I wouldn’t know what is.  Terrorism was never really documented for a long time because no one knew how to define it.  I guess one could say the destr...   [tags: Journalistic Essays]

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The Existence of Mankind is a Wicked Blessing

- The existence of mankind is a wicked blessing with the full capability to uphold good intentions, but human nature drives us to do otherwise, going beyond moral constraints into the depths of corrupt curiosity. The idea can be more crisply summarized in the words of Bill Bryson “It’s an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe’s supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously.” Bryson obviously sees the aptitude of the human race but still acknowledges the flaws that make people much less than perfect....   [tags: Hitler, World War II]

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The Futility of Human Existence in Waiting for Godot

- We live on a planet revolving around the sun, while there are at least about one septillion other stars in this universe. What is the significance of our existence in this infinite cosmos. What is the purpose of our lives. With the explosion of scientific knowledge and the WWII bombs in the modernity epoch, the insignificance of our lives was realized; Samuel Becket staged the futility of human existence in the play Waiting for Godot. He portrayed nothingness through the use of structure, language, dialogue, and setting....   [tags: existentialism, absurdism]

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The Value of Human Life

- ... These experiences we go through makes us stronger and give our lives meaning. Meaning and value are two completely different things. You may be the richest or most accomplished person to have ever walked the earth but one thing remains true for everyone, we are all built the same. No one persons life should worth more than anyone else. Many say its hard or nearly impossible to calculate someone's life into monetary value. Others beg to differ and we accept it as true. These people are our life insurance companies, when asked the price of human life most will tell you “it is a simple mathematical process based on age, physical health, and income....   [tags: meaningful existence]

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Evaluating the Arguments for God's Existence

- Evaluating the Arguments for God's Existence No one can prove to anyone the existence of God, as in a mathematical proof. In my opinion the theory of reason is too limited to know anything beyond human experiences. Throughout history many rational arguments have been put forward but if you don’t believe in God, you never will. The cosmological argument is a classical argument for the existence of God. It is also referred to as the first cause argument. The argument is based upon the fact that there was a first cause behind the existence of the universe....   [tags: Papers]

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Samuel Beckett and The Theatre of the Absurd

- What is the basic, most fundamental parts, methods, and ideals of human life and existence. Samuel Beckett’s highly viewed works try to answer this question. Beckett’s unusual and often action-less plays lead the reader on “our desperate search for meaning, our individual isolation, and the gulf between our desires and the language in which they find expression,” and determines that Beckett is a master of absurdist literature (Davies). Despite the popularity of Beckett’s works, little scholarly information can be found about them....   [tags: human life, existence, godot]

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Investigating the Existence of Global Warming

- Investigating the Existence of Global Warming Evidence For: Evidence Against: · Methane Increasing Levels of atmospheric methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, have risen 145% in the last 100 years. Methane is derived from sources such as rice paddies, bovine flatulence, bacteria in bogs and fossil fuel production. · Peculiar Weather Recently, young people in Vietnam noticed strange white stuff covering the fields. They had never seen snow before. It is the coldest spell in the country for 20 years....   [tags: Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases]

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The Existence of God

- Saint Aquinas defines the existence of God with the upmost clarity. Saint Anselm and William Paley attempt to tackle the existence of God but are weighed down by weaknesses within their argument. Even with Saint Anselm being a Christian theologian, he does not incorporate his personal religious beliefs into his argument. St. Anselm relies purely on logic and ontology to define what he constitutes as God, defined as a being in which nothing greater can be thought. This definition is general enough to be consistent with what various individuals establish as their “God.” Anselm uses Tinkerbell as an example to defend his thought to reality premise....   [tags: faith, complex, nature]

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Reason For Existence

- Reason For Existence Existentialism was born against Age of Reason in order to reject abstract thinking and absoluteness of reason. Existentialists have claims and evidences to support their idea. They are trying to find absolute truth without absolute thinking because of this they will look for the truth all the eternity. In this essay, I will point out the existentialists’ claims in terms of denying absolute reason. First of all, reason is highest creation of mind and people have ability to think what they want....   [tags: miscellaneous]

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The Argument of Evil for the Existence of God

- The Argument of Evil for the Existence of God One of the major arguments proposed against the existence of God in contemporary western philosophy is the problem of evil. It is based upon the inability to reconcile the magnitude of evil in the world with the all-loving nature of God. John Hick describes the problem from the perspective of its proponent, "If God is perfectly loving, God must wish to abolish all evil; and if God is all-powerful, God must be able to abolish all evil. But evil exists; therefore God cannot be both omnipotent and perfectly loving." This thus causes difficulty for the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God who possess both qualities of being all-loving and omnipotent....   [tags: Papers]

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Examining the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Argument for the Existence of God Based on Religious Experience

- A religious experience is an event which brings about an encounter between God and the experient. It is a communication between God and the individual which brings about an overwhelming awareness of God. As a result, the experient may undergo a conversion, may believe they have received a revelation or feel called to fulfil a divine commission or spiritual responsibility. But a question that would arise is whether there are strong grounds that suggest that such experiences prove the existence of God....   [tags: theology, religion]

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Debate Over the Existence of God

- Is There a God?.. A big question that billions of people didn’t yet proved that’s it’s true or not, but we can search and find out if there is a real God or not .. Even if we don’t have much evidence that explain this answer, but we can find out the truth with a little bit of searching and thinking without judging about it. No one can tell you that you have to believe that God is here or not, even if you are not sure about it, you have to seek by yourself. The Bible said that there is people who saw the God, so there is some evidence that appear here, Jesus also said in the Bible "You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”, so here Jesus wan...   [tags: god, bible, lord, faith]

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The Design Argument for the Existence of God

- The Design Argument for the Existence of God The basis and structure towards the Design Argument is all about a creator and designer whom set things and planned everything to be the way it is today. Unlike the cosmological argument, the Design Argument is a lot simpler to understand and has simple steps towards it. The main point that the Design Argument claims is the fact that everything in nature seems to be put together in just the right manner suggests that an intelligent designer was responsible for its creation....   [tags: Papers]

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The 's Theory On The Existence Of Love

- What is love. In the passage, Aristophanes tells us his theory on the existence of love and how it defines the different types of love that have been identified so far. In the context of the story told prior to this passage, he essentially says that love is a punishment. We are cursed with the task of trying to find our other half. In his theory on the origin of love and human desire to be with some one It is organized as a logical argument with a statement, supporting ideas, and a conclusion. Aristophanes starts with the statement that “Each of us.....   [tags: Love, English-language films, Homosexuality]

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Rene Descartes 's Philosophy On The Existence Of God

- Rene Descartes was born in La Haye in France in March 31, 1596. He was a mathematician, an scientific thinker, and an meta-physician. Descartes was the first major philosopher in the modern era. His views about knowledge, certainty, and relationship between mind and body have been very influential. Being a devout Catholic, Descartes, undeniably believed in God. He believed that the existence of God could be proved via reason. In this paper I will discuss what Descartes provided as a proof for existence of God....   [tags: Ontology, Metaphysics, Theology, Existence]

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The Existence of Miracles

- The Existence of Miracles When bringing the existence of miracles into question it is necessary to firstly establish a definition of a miracle and exactly what purpose they serve. As with many issues, theologians are divided on an actual definition of what a miracle really is. Paul Tillich (1886-1965) claimed that: "A genuine miracle is first of all an event which is astonishing, unusual, Shaking without contradicting the rational structure of reality. In the second place it is an event which points to the mystery of being, expressing its relation to us in a definite way." However, some interpret miracles as simply "a series of myths" (David Friedrich S...   [tags: Papers]

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The Existence of God

- The Existence of God In this essay I am going to explore and analyse arguments concerning the existence of God. I will be investigating all the different beliefs about God from Christians including: 'Moral and Divine Command', 'Ontological', 'Cosmological' and the argument from design. These areas of belief will all be fully considered and analysed in depth. After doing this, I will therefore come to a conclusion of my own sort and explain my own beliefs and there reasons. For many centuries people have believed in this figure called 'God', who apparently created the World, everything inside it and around it....   [tags: Papers]

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The Existence Of The Earth

- The existence of the earth has been here billions of years ago. All of the natural resources and the hidden secrets remain unknown until a biotic being discovers them. Time passes, and Homo sapiens, casually known as humans, have inhabited the earth. During the billions of years, the evolution of humanity is increasing, which is evident in the several innovations that exist to this day. Closing in the present age, the human population expands exponentially and more people are using the natural resources that come from the earth....   [tags: Human, World population, Earth, World]

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Forbidden Archeology : The Origin Of Human Civilization

- When people think of the history or the timeline of human existence, they reference back to the theory of “mainstream science,” which indicates that the human civilization began approximately 6,000 years ago. Which brings into question, what about the time before that. Were there other homo sapiens like us living on Earth. Archeologists, geologists, and historians who attempt to comprehend human antiquity have conducted research on their ideology of human origin. Professionals refer to this as Forbidden Archeology....   [tags: Human, Human evolution, Anthropology, Archaeology]

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Existence Precedes Essence

- Dead rats filled the streets of Oran in the beginning of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague. The plague was rapidly spreading throughout Oran, despite the town’s effort to constrain it. Oran was soon quarantined, letting no one in and no one out. Dr. Rieux, a local physician, organizes a team of volunteers to fight the plague. The team plans to control sanitation and properly transport infected individuals to Dr. Rieux’s hospital. The character qualities of Dr. Rieux and his team of volunteers throughout the novel are consistent with Jean-Paul Sartre’s characteristics of an existentialist....   [tags: existentialism, Camus, Sartre]

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Human Trafficking Is A Global Epidemic

- Human trafficking is a global epidemic that affects every country (Winterdyk, Perrin, & Reichel, 2012, p. 34). Billions of dollars are made each year through the enslavement of people. Even though the United Nations has established has an international protocol to combat human trafficking, some countries choose not to adhere to the policy (Winterdyk, Perrin, & Reichel, 2012, p. 1). Thailand is one country that does very little to address the crime of human trafficking. Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia and is considered to be a source, transit point, and designation country for human trafficking....   [tags: Prostitution, Human trafficking, Thailand, Slavery]

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Religion and the Existence of God

- Religion and the Existence of God The existence of God has been questioned since the beginning of time. Religions thrived on answering the unanswerable questions of the universe and people were able to find solace in the answers. As science has expanded and been able to answer these questions with natural, as opposed to supernatural answers, many people stopped looking to God and religion for the causes of things and started looking towards science. God was dead, according to many scientists and people of all professions....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role Of Innovative Human Resource Management

- Ashok Som (2008) , the study examined that the role of innovative Human Resource Management (HRM) practices and specifically questions how HRM practices, such as the role of HR department, recruitment, retraining and redeployment, performance appraisal and compensation, enhance corporate performance during the change process. A multiple-respondent survey of 69 Indian organizations was undertaken to study the impact of innovative HRM practices on firm performance. The study found that the innovative recruitment and compensation practices have a positive significant relationship with firm performance....   [tags: Human resource management, Human resources]

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A Non-Human Existence

- Winston defines being human as having feelings, following sensory pleasures, and staying true to those two types of emotions because, “only feelings matter”(146). He also asserts that before the Party when people had individual relationships and “members of a family stood by one another” they were human (26). Winston’s deadened senses as well as his social disconnection, and the lack of import in his daily life after he leaves the Ministry of Love indicate that he has not achieved his goal of staying human....   [tags: Analysis, Winston]

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William Paley 's View On The Existence Of God

- William Paley presents a comparison between a stone and a watch to prove his remarks and beliefs concerning the existence of God. He introduces a scenario of himself walking on the beach and bumping into a stone then reflecting verses a scenario of stumbling upon a watch. Starting in Chapter One, Paley explains multiple arguments towards the examination of the watch while the stone would be neglected and believed to have preexisted. He says; “ ignorance of this kind exalts our opinion of the unseen and unknown artists’s skiff, if he be unseen and unknown, but raises no doubt in our minds of the existence and agency of such an artist” (I....   [tags: Existence, Ontology, Existence of God]

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The Existence Of Life On The Planet Earth

- Almost everyone wants to understand the meaning of the life, why we’re here and how we get here, what is the basis of existence of life on the planet Earth. But first we have to understand what life it is. For this we have to start from the beginning, Big Bang or almighty God. We need to clearly understand the initial stages of life weather it starts from Adam and Eve or a single cell formation, to reach the current state, meaning changed in the great length. More and more people often say life has no meaning....   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Philosophy of life]

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The Belief Of The Existence Of God

- The existence of God has been refuted by various scientists on the basis that there is no evidence for the existence of God. Many scientists have rendered the belief in God illogical, due to a lack of uncontested evidence which points to a creator. According to the scientific methodology, belief without evidence is illogical. William James’s position in “The Will to Believe” is that there are many types of truths in the world, each which its distinct methodology. However, the scientific method of evidence has inappropriately become the standard of evidence of ethics and religion, which inevitably leads to fallacies because one particular method of inquiry cannot be applicable to the whole....   [tags: Philosophy, Religion, Scientific method, Science]

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Notes On Existence Of God

- PID : 720528846 PHIL 101 PAPER 2 Existence of God Descartes often referred to as the “Father of Modern Philosophy” acquired his status by methods of reasoning to attain knowledge through one of his most influential philosophical writings Meditations on First Philosophy. One of the most pronounced and skeptical pieces from the mediations is Meditation III: “Of God: that He exist” where he tries to prove the existence of God, and his existence through God. I will be examining Descartes’ proof through its premises and conclusion as well as explain my reasoning for agreeing with the argument on the existence of God....   [tags: Ontology, Existence, Metaphysics, Truth]

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Multicultural Psychology Is An Aspect Of Human Existence

- “Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all (Aberjhani, 2007).” Over the last 30 years, multicultural counseling has developed tremendously. As America becomes more ethnically diverse, counselors have recognized that clients are dissimilar, firstly by their cultural temperament and secondly by the nature of their troubles. Multicultural psychology is the methodical study of all facets of social behavior as it transpires in surroundings where persons of different cultural backgrounds come across each other....   [tags: Race, Ethnic group, Miscegenation, Nation]

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Human Nature And Nature 's Existence

- For the entirety of art’s existence, it has reflected the ideas and interactions of the human. Nature, being humans first and permanent acquaintance, is inherently every present throughout all of art’s history. Capturing the relationship between humans and nature is the most prevalent of themes in art and media. There are an endless supply of this visual record, preserved in modern times through the use of photography, restoration, and museums. Currently on display at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California, two specific pieces – Mu, by Okura Jiro, and Traveling deep in the mountains, by an unknown Yuan/Ming dynasty artist – highlight the history of human and nature’s relationship...   [tags: Art, Aesthetics, Nature, Panel painting]

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The Existence Of A Human Being Is Like A Wild River

- Our future The existence of a human being is like a wild river, we know where starts but we do not know what course will be taking, or where will be ending. For the most part, each individual is born with a “life path” that based on their socioeconomic status and cultural background will dictate their success or failure in life. The one thing that all human beings have in common regardless of socioeconomic status is their life-span, everyone has a beginning and an end. Each person undergoes the same process, they require extra help and support during the first and last years of their life....   [tags: Retirement, Old age, Gerontology]

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Revelation Of The True Existence Of God

- Revelation is the attribute of the divine knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, the God of the universe. Thus, shaping the true existence of the Lord, has had many who has debated on His existences. But, nevertheless, God is who He say He is (Exodus 3:14), there is special revelation found in non-traditional Christian teachings. Although, some scholars has their different viewpoints on general and special revelation. Whereas there are many forms of revelation that has been discovered in the Religion and Philosophy of theology studies....   [tags: Christianity, Religion, Judaism, Islam]

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The Capitalist Consumerist Ideology Exploits Human Needs

- The human civilization evolved from a primitive living condition to our modern society over several millenia. Although our needs and motives have changed in form and complexity, we stay basically tied to our innate biological necessities. We are still motivated by search for food, sex, security, exploratory and pleasure-seeking behaviours more than anything else. Our understanding of those essential needs and motives may help to make us more in harmony with our human nature and less inclined to exaggerate our needs or our desires....   [tags: Artificial Needs, Human Nature]

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The Impact Of Globalization On Human Rights

- The effects of Globalization has created the need for international cooperation in the interest of protecting individuals human rights around the globe. This has lead to the existence of multiple international organizations, who’s primary aims are focused on improving the rights of every individual around the world. United Nations The United Nations (UN) established in San Fransico in 1945, was founded by leaders from around the world, to replace the League of Nations which had failed its primary purpose of preventing the Second World War....   [tags: United Nations, Human rights]

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Sartre and the Meaning of Human Existence

- Where the Meaning of Human Existence is Located According to Sartre The word philosophy comes from Greek and literally means "love of wisdom." The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines philosophy as "a critical study of fundamental beliefs and the grounds for them." Both explanations of philosophy are correct and concrete. The meaning of human existence has no such concrete answer, but in this paper we will examine where Sartre believes it to be. Sartre's existentialism is a philosophy, which deals with man....   [tags: Sartre's Existentialism, Philosophy]

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Aquinas Was Proven A Scholarly Man

- Aquinas was proven a scholarly man who combined the theological principles of faith and the philosophical principles of reason. He combined his education, beliefs, points of view, writings, teachings, preaching’s and the works of others which launched his own learning and exploration of philosophy. Aquinas believed that the existence of God could be proven in five ways. The one concluding that the impermanent nature of beings proves the existence of a necessary being, God, who originates only from within himself....   [tags: Existence, Ontology, Metaphysics]

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The Existence of God

- The ontological argument aims to prove the existence of God as an a priori argument. One of the distinguishing features of Descartes's argument is its simplicity. The argument is deductive and based on reason alone and requires no need for physical evidence of God, it attempts to prove Gods existence objectively and necessarily. There are some statements we know to be false without any further information, such as “a circle has 3 sides” or “she is a bachelor” these statements are untrue by definition....   [tags: physical, objectively, necessarily, statements]

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Existence of an Enemy in "Animal Farm"

- “Animal Farm” takes place over a few years, depicting the fall of the Russian monarchy, and the rise of socialism. Throughout the epic, an enemy of the farm always exists. Occasionally, this adversary changes rapidly and drastically. There are two sides to why an enemy never ceases to exist in “Animal Farm”; these include the principles on which Animal Farm was founded on, and the lack of motivation of the citizen animals on the farm. To begin with, the principles embodied by the revolution lead to the existence of an enemy, and the unification of the farm animals to revolt against Mr....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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The 's As I Lay Dying

- It is evident in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that both of the Bundren women, in their own way, reject typical social norms for women in the south. Firstly there is the common theme of maternity in As I Lay Dying, both Addie and Dewey Dell have to face motherhood, although neither is taken with the idea, Addie refers to to the children as “violating [her] aloneness”(172) while Dewey Dell repeatedly attempts to get an abortion throughout the novel. Motherhood would make life unmistakably harder for Dewey Dell, and Addie when given the chance, reflects upon how maternity changed her “when I knew that I had Cash, I knew that living was terrible and that this was the answer to it”(171), but further...   [tags: Existence, Ontology, Human sexuality, Pregnancy]

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Meditations in First Philosophy

- Rene Descartes was born in 1596. At the age of 10, he began school at College Henri IV. Descartes received a classical education at College Henri IV and learned many subjects, including math, at the Jesuit institution. Many years later, he received his baccalaureate and licentiate degrees in law and then joined the army of Prince Maurice of Nassau. Descartes never served combat, but he did have a life changing moment while in the army. While meditating about the uncertainty and disunity of knowledge, he had an epiphany about how he could make knowledge more certain and unified, such as mathematics....   [tags: human nature,god's existence,rene descartes]

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Human Life Expectancy And The Viewpoint Of One

- Human Life Expectancy and the Viewpoint of One As an astronaut working on the international space station, I imagine that making contact with an alien spacecraft would be the single most significant and exciting moment of my life. At the same time, it would be a terrifying moment in my life, calling into question all that up to this point I have believed to be true. Knowing what I know of the current state of affairs on earth I believe one response to alien condemnation is humans will decide to beg for mercy and essentially enslave ourselves, learning what we can about this new species and actively searching for ways to coexist....   [tags: Human, Psychology, Existentialism, Humans]

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Craig's Argument for the Existence of God

- Craig/Kalam’s Cosmological Argument One of the most argued topics throughout human history is whether or not God exists. It is argued frequently because there are several different reasonings and sub arguments in this main argument. People who believe God exists argue how God acts and whether there is one or several. People who do not believe God exists argue how the universe became into existence or if it has just always existed. In this paper, I will describe Craig's argument for the existence of God and defend Craig's argument....   [tags: cosmological arguments]

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The Existence Of External Forces

- The Existence of External Forces To determine whether a particular action was decided upon by an individual or whether the action was predetermined one must study its cause. In studying cause one finds that there are two types of causes those that are typified by natural laws, such as a dropped book falling to the ground, and those typified by the moral considerations of men. This distinction is important because it shows both that no man can control his environment contrary to the laws of natural or scientific laws, but neither are his actions completely out of his control....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sin And The Human Condition

- Man has always struggled to find meaning and fulfilment in a broken world. He searches in many places yet each explanation he receives seems to fall short. An explanation for this phenomenon can be found in two specific definitions: one on Sin and one on the Human Condition. These definitions not only lay out why mankind attempts to look for purpose but also explain common reactions to a lack of existence and meaning The definition of Sin in question is “the wilful and deliberate effort to displace God and usurp His authority and prerogatives.” In essence, Sin is rejecting God’s sovereignty over the human life....   [tags: Meaning of life, Human, Philosophy of life]

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The Allegory Of The Cave And Descartes ' Theory Of Existence And Reality

- Just as Plato and, later, Descartes pondered the idea of existence and reality, Putnam in the early 80’s questioned the argument made by global skeptics that the beliefs- no matter how well justified they are- held by an individual might well be false if the world in which he lives is a simulated world. Hilary Putnam argued that it is not possible for that individual to be a brain in a vat using a series of premises – causal constraints - that led to the conclusion previously stated. In Putnam’s thought experiment, and The Matrix (1999), there are several similarities, and also differences, with Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” and Descartes’ “MEDITATION I OF THE THINGS OF WHICH WE MAY D...   [tags: Truth, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Mind]

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Naruralistic Worldview Is the Denial of the Existence of Supernatural Causes

- ... ...Humans are complicated, physical objects, ..and are mere arrangements of physical stuff (Moreland, 1996). The human being in the Naturalistic Worldview is viewed as not much more than a biological machine whose primary purpose is the continuation of the survival of the human race. Naturalists view themselves as being different from traditional religious or supernatural understandings, of an afterlife. Naturalists do not believe that people have a soul that continues after death. “We don’t have free will in the sense of being able to choose or decide without being fully caused in our choices or decisions....   [tags: natural selection, ]

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God’s Existence

- This semester our Philosophy of Religion class took a more broad approach towards the intimate ideas of God. A question we must all ask ourselves; is there a God and if so how can we prove there is. As a class we challenged our minds and throughout possibilities, yet we never really came to an agreeable conclusion, considering the topic it must be broken down. The moral and ethical views will help guide me throughout, along with many other popular philosophical stand points and leaders to sustain and validate my assessments on the subject....   [tags: Argumentative Essay Theology]

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The Existence of Myths

- Human society basically need to seek for sufficient psychological fulfilment. In order to achieve this fulfilment, myths are made as projections of people's deep unconscious will (ex 1. 4). Jung found a fact that myths frequently repeat themselves similarly, even in different parts of the world, which leads him into a conclusion that there are inherited insights in people's unconscious minds (ex 1. 1). These corresponding notions that people have in their mind is further called as collective unconscious (ex 1....   [tags: society, science, spirituality]

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The Existence Of God

- The Three Most Popular Arguments For The Existence Of God The Ontological Argument One of the most important attempts to demonstrate the existence of God is the ontological argument of Saint Anselm, an 11th-century theologian. Anselm’s argument maintains that God, defined as the greatest being that can be conceived, must exist, since a being that does not exist would by virtue of that fact lack an attribute that contributes to its greatness. Critics have questioned, however, whether existence actually contributes to a being’s greatness....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Anagnorisis and Existence (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)

- Anagnorisis and Existence The Point of Realization in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the young prince realizes what living is. Yea, from the table of my memory I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, 105 All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there; And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmix'd with baser matter (Hamlet, I, v. 104-110) Upon realizing his fate – that he must save the “state of Denmark” – Hamlet must literally discard his prior knowledge and start anew....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sartre 's Philosophy Of Existence

- One of Sartre’s philosophy is the idea of “existence precedes essence”. In order to understand what this proposal means, we need to define “existence” and “essence”. In my opinion, “existence” is the presence of things, the part that identifies us as who we are, while “essence” is the nature part, the blueprint, the description that we were born. Thus, the Sartre’s philosophy of “existence precedes essence”, in my interpretation, states that we, human first exist and then determine our essence by means of choices and actions....   [tags: Existentialism, Philosophy of life, Ontology]

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The Question of God’s Existence

- God is defined as “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe” (“God”). I find it highly unlikely that God exists because if God is perfect in power and perfect in goodness then why are so many human attributes given to god: A perfect being would be one without emotions such as anger, hate, jealousy, sadness, and happiness to influence their decisions (“God”). I believe it stems from people’s innate sense to belong and be loved due to the evolution of society....   [tags: Scientific Theories, Human Creation]

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The Existence Of The World

- Evolutionary thought is a concept with which was initially contrary to widespread belief. Within medieval times beliefs regarding the existence of the world and the humans and animals which resided within it revolved solely around religious norms. All aspects of the world were considered to be fixed and finite. There was no emergence of new species, nor new traits within that species, and there was no danger of extinction of any species. The world remained within a state of stasis in the eyes of the medieval population....   [tags: Evolution, Charles Darwin, Biology]

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God Is The Existence Of God

- Many question what we cannot see, and for many that is the existence of God. Just because we cannot see God does that not make him real. We cannot see love, but we feel the effects just as we feel the effects of the power of God. To understand truly understand faith you must consider the complexity of faith. There is faith in which we have in people meaning we have complete trust in another human. Then, there is faith in religion, which my primarily focus is faith in God. “Because human beings are finite and God is infinite, the gap between humans and God cannot be bridged by human reason....   [tags: Charles Darwin, Evolution, Natural selection]

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Exploring the Existence of Paranormal Activity

- Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that happen to all of us that are unexplainable. The history of paranormal existence has been around since the beginning of time. The paranormal is not what most people believe it is, “ghosts”. There is a wide range in what is considered paranormal. In order to understand the paranormal you must first understand the meaning of the word. The prefix “Para” means beyond and normal. This gets you the result of beyond normal....   [tags: paranormal studies, ghosts]

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The World Needs Human Rights

-   "I wished I could lose myself in the details of the exhumation, but the survivors' stories still echoed in my mind," wrote Julie Schwab, as she unearthed the tortured history of Guatemala at an excavation site. "A body cut into pieces while her mother screamed in horror. Children burned alive in their houses. People decapitated and left for dogs." As she sifted through the remains of more than 100 men, women, and children who were massacred by guerrilla forces in 1982, she reflected, "The living who hovered above me were a painful reminder that a person once breathed through this mouth, chewed food with these teeth, saw beauty through these eyes, thought thoughts, and dreamed dreams."...   [tags: Human Rights Essay]

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The Human Condition: Message Lost in the Capitalist Machine

- The Human Condition: Message Lost in the Capitalist Machine In The Human Condition, by Hannah Arendt, the fundamental qualities of human behavior are described and analyzed. These qualities are first described by discussing the different entities present in the lives of Athenian Greeks. This partition of human life into separate units is supposed to be applied to modern American society as well, however, the structure of today's social order differs from that of ancient Greek. These disparities cause the analysis and ideas projected on the human condition to be contrasting as well....   [tags: Hannah Arendt Human Condition Essays]

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Human Violence : Nature Vs Nurture

- Human violence: nature versus nurture

 Violence has for long been defined as the most affecting and destructive human problem. Having a discussion on human violence is therefore very important for the quick attendance to the problems affecting the human race at the recent times. It is also important to identify the causes and effects of human violence so that solutions can be found and attended to at the right time. Nature and nurture have proved to be two conflicting issues to scholars of the modern times....   [tags: Human nature, Nature versus nurture]

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Tropical Rainforests : Global Ecosystem And Human Existence

- Tropical rainforest covers only a relatively small proportion of our planet, and yet it is considered to be one of the most significant ecosystems, and its loss through deforestation and burning is considered to be of global importance. Explain why. Introduction Tropical rainforests are highly important to the global ecosystem and human existence in the world. Occupying only 6% of the earth’s land areas, tropical rainforests sustain 10-50 million species, which is over half of the world’s biodiversity, far higher than biodiversity in sub-tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems (IUCN, 2006)....   [tags: Carbon dioxide, Photosynthesis, Oxygen, Earth]

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The Design Argument For The Existence Of God

- The Design Argument For The Existence Of God This argument is also called the teleological argument, it argues that the universe did not come around by mere chance, but some one or something designed it. This thing was God. This argument is a prosteriori because the observation of the natural world is taken into the mind to conclude that there is a designer. The belief that the universe was designed by God was triggered by things like the four seasons; summer, spring, autumn and winter, that change through the year....   [tags: Papers]

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The Existence of God

- The Existence of God Who is God. A startling question that most people will answer yes to is: Does God exist. Websters Dictionary (Webster's p. 412) defines God as the supreme being, seen as the omnipotent creator and ruler of the universe. Whereas a theologist describes him as God is the infinite and perfect spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end. (Thiessen p. 55) Whatever the case the statistics from Multipoll CGI on the internet show that 86 percent believe that God exists....   [tags: Papers]

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Paley's Argument for God's Existence

- Since the beginning of time, society has been plagued by questions stemming past the grasp of human understanding. In attempt to explain such bewilderment, mankind formed a principle belief regarding their presence as the workings of a more capable being, God. As time has progressed, distinguished and scholarly members of society have come forward with ideas regarding some distinct understanding into the complex subject that is god. To this day, students are taught theories that have managed to stand the test of time and interpretation, theories that are highly respected by the top scholars of this century....   [tags: Earthly Inferences, Human Existence]

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The Definition of Happiness

- Is life really about name brands, having the newest technology, and having an expensive car. Or having a group of loving and caring friends and family. Today everyone defines and looks for happiness in a different way. Many people usually search for happiness in money, material items, and meaningless relationships. None of the things mentioned solely leads to happiness. This is a problem in our society; everyone is on the “pursuit of happiness,” but what if we do not know the correct way on how to pursue it....   [tags: Human Existence, Loving Relationships]

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Human Evolution

- For centuries, man has been curious about his origins and the origins of the life surrounding him. Countless explanations have been formulated using “evidence” that “proves” the story to be true. However, in 1859, Charles Darwin published a monumental theory in his book called The Origin of Species. In his book, Darwin outlined his theory of evolution by natural selection (Darwin, 1859). Although complex, this story is extremely useful in explaining the origins and history of life as we know it....   [tags: The Future of Human Evolution]

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Universal Human Rights

- The notion of universal human rights is a fairly new concept, coming into existence only after the Second World War as enshrined in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The system of rights was premised on the main assumption that since no one could control his or her birth, it should then follow that everyone should have a birthright to be protected from certain ills, or guaranteed certain liberties. Scholars have read the development of rights as a response to several features of modernity....   [tags: Human Rights Essays]

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Analysis of St. Agustine´s View on the Existence of God

- Since the beginning of human civilization, Homo sapiens have strived to address the existence of God. In every era, humans have tried to explore the existence of God and presented their own elaborations to the concept of God. Some found Sun to be God, while others try to find “godly” part in other elements of nature like tress, animals, or stars. It can be noted that the existence of God is a concept, which is found in the very nature of human beings. The question of the “seen” or “unseen” is yet another argument, which populates the debate of philosophers....   [tags: Nature, Logic]

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The Search for the Meaning of Existence

- The Search for the Meaning of Existence Daffodil bulbs instead of balls Stared from the sockets of the eyes. from Whispers of Immortality We live and then we die. Its scary, the death part, and the living part is quite amazing. There is a great dichotomy surrounding our existence. One minute we are here, another we are gone. What is existence. What is the purpose of existence. The big metaphysical question has my interest. We grasp to understand it all but it evades us. This magnificent universe has not answered our questions....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]

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The Human Condition By Yuval Noah Harari

- Author Yuval Noah Harari has a unique way of reviewing the past fourteen billion years in his monograph Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. His intention for writing this book is mainly to bring up the conversation of the human condition and how it has affected the course of history. In this case, the human condition coincides with the inevitable by-products of human existence. These include life, death, and all the emotional experiences in between. Harari is trying to determine how and why the events that have occurred throughout the lives of Homo Sapiens have molded our social structures, the natural environment we inhabit, and our values and beliefs into what they are today....   [tags: Meaning of life, Human, Philosophy of life]

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The Human Of Human Rights

- Our understanding of rights today is greater than it ever was—currently, we lead debates to determine how early human rights apply to life, and multiple organizations and institutions exist in order to protect the basic human rights of those who are denied them. Understandably, this situation was not always so. Early and modern thinking about human rights were limited to defining who did not have rights as opposed to defining either who did, or even what those rights were. The advancement of human rights and thought on what defined a human came with the limiting factors as established by prominent thinkers from these time periods....   [tags: Human rights, Slavery, United Nations]

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Society: the Bane of Human Existence?

- Herbert Spencer made many astute assessments of the way societies work. He created theories to explain the way they grow and change and interact with one another. Spencer viewed society as an organism, and he referred to society as a super-organic system. He believed that, in both organic and super-organic systems, evolution was the result of the system becoming more differentiated. He emphasized three developmental tendencies shared by societies and organisms: 1) growth in size, 2) an increase in structure, and 3) an increase in functions....   [tags: Sociology]

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Wars Based On Religion And Religion

- In this world, we have countries and religions that try to control the minds of humans. Both countries and religions, try to enforce humans to believe in whatever it is that they want us to believe in. What would this world be like if there were no countries or religions “Imagine there’s no countries . . . And no religion too.” (Lennon 0:59-1:20) that set a boundary or a limit on the many options that we have when exploring the world , in order to come up with our own personal beliefs, independently....   [tags: Religion, Human, God, Existence]

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Meaning Of Existence As Taught By The Perception Of Language

- Meaning of Existence as Taught By The Perception of Language Can language on it’s own define the meaning of human existence. Murray argues that language itself cannot know what it means to exist, yet Shakespeare uses his language to directly define what the meaning of life is and how to be successful in this lifetime. However, is it possible that both of these poets are correct in regards to their own viewpoints. Murray was born into the postmodernist period and felt he wasn’t able to use language to define the meaning of existence, but Shakespeare, having lived in a simple period of time, was able to use language to define the meaning of the simple life he experienced....   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Human, Philosophy of life]

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The Discovery Of Human Evolution

- Recently a group of international scientists made a huge discovery in South Africa. The group of scientists found an ancient ancestor of humans that raised many questions. Why is this discovery so special. It is so special because it bridges the gap between primates and ourselves. The questions I have about this discovery is what insight does this give us into how we became humans. Especially if a species over 3 million years ago had similar qualities to a modern human. How does this discovery help scientist on human evolution....   [tags: Human, Human evolution, Neanderthal, Homo erectus]

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The Existence Of Evil : God Is Omnipotent

- What is omnipotence. The literal meaning of the word “omnipotence” is the quality of having unlimited or very great power. People, who claim to have a religion, believe that God is omnipotent, that is, he is all powerful, and all knowing. However, the existence of evil in the world despite God being Omnipotent challenges this attribute of the God and raises question on his unlimited power. This contradiction gives rise to the argument which is described in the J.L Mackie’s article as problem of evil: God is omnipotent, God is wholly good, and yet evil exists....   [tags: God, Good and evil, Evil, Problem of evil]

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The Ontological Argument For The Existence Of God

- One of the most intriguing and admittedly baffling arguments for the existence of God is the ontological argument. It was developed by St Anselm in the 11th century, and the reason said argument is considered unique is because it is an a priori argument rather than an a posteriori argument , which most other arguments for the existence of God tend to take form. It attempts to prove the existence of God, not through any physical evidence, but rather by claiming that the very definition of God is proof enough of his existence; that he is an underlying truth in much the same way mathematical truths are inherently known....   [tags: Ontology, Ontological argument, Existence, God]

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