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Philosophers Essay

- Philosopher’s Essay Thomas Hobbes- Thomas Hobbes was born on April 5, 1588 and died on December 4, 1679. He was born in Malmesburg, Wiltshire, England, but spent some time living in Paris. Hobbes’ idea of a social contract was absolute power; a single ruler would take control and keep society together. Leviathan was the book Hobbes wrote that reflected social contract. “No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” This quote from Thomas Hobbes is saying that if we didn’t have any of these things the world would chaos....   [tags: Philosophers]

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Philosophers in the World

- Philosophers in the World Philosophers are often thought of as hopelessly inept in the “real” world, the theoretical counterparts of the 90-pound weakling on the beach of the material world. Nothing could be more mistaken. As mentioned, Alexander the Great studied with Aristotle and then went on to conquer the world (well, the parts of the world the Greeks knew). Coincidence. Perhaps, but the extent to which other ancient figures were influenced by philosophy is far less ambiguous. To take the most obvious example, Socrates was committed to a life of social criticism and public debate, so much so that he was tried and executed by Athenian officials who felt threatened by his influence over...   [tags: Philosophy Philosophers Paperes]

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Philosophy is Learning Some of the Arts to Philosophers are Useless

- In the dialogue Lovers, Socrates is philosophizing with an intellectual and an athlete. In the dialogue there is a transition from in which the intellectual states philosophy is learning some of the arts to Socrates concluding philosophers are useless. The significance of this passage is that Socrates is able to distinguish the even though the intellectual is well spoken and seems to know what he is discussing his statements are controversial. This part of the discussion is between the intellectual and Socrates and transitions and is focused around this statement that the intellectual makes: “These would be the noblest of things that can be learned, and the fitting ones, from which one mig...   [tags: socrcates, philosophy, philosophers]

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Philosophers and Capital Punishment: James, Ayer, and Strawson

-      Capital punishment is a very touchy subject for most. Do you believe someone should have their life taken from them for doing a wrong act. Is it moral or not. I’m going to explain to you how I feel the three philosophers, James, Ayer, and Strawson, would view capital punishment. For James, emotions play an important role in decision making. James believes your emotions are what set you apart from other people. No one is going to have the exact same views as you, which makes you unique. “Moral questions immediately present themselves as questions whose solution cannot wait for a sensible proof” (James, 117)....   [tags: Philosophers and Capital Punishment]

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Importance of Philosophers

- Importance of Philosophers Philosophers are known for the expression of their thoughts and this makes life enjoyable for numerous people in the world. Philosophers are generally referred das thinkers who search for the hidden meanings of hidden things and finally nurture the agenda using a systematic approach of views. Philosophers recognize the fragility of the society people stays and still contribute their thoughts and share with the rest of the world. They use their experiences to provide lessons for the whole world and try to save other vulnerable people from world immoralities (Marquez, 2011)....   [tags: Thoughts, Thinkers, World History]

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The Worldly Philosophers

- The book “The worldly philosophers” is an analysis of great minds’ contributions to the field of economics with a broader view of crucial economic aspects that include political and social factors. In that respect, this analysis summarizes the author’s view of what economics comprise of in light of their analysis of different economists’ contributions. Further, the analysis explains the author’s view on the subject of comparative advantage citing the book’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the author’s position on the subject....   [tags: Authors' View Summary]

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Socrates And Other Philosophers Of The Past

- Gentlemen of the council, I have come to you with my proposal for the painting you have advertized that you want completed. I spent many years studying Plato, Socrates and other great philosophers of the past. I believe that this knowledge will allow me to be successful in bringing these philosophers to life in the painting. I have also been studying under Alberti for the duration of my professional career. I have been heavily influenced by him and his art and plan to follow by his example and paint in the “new style” he popularized....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Drawing, Painting]

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Enlightenment Philosophers : Reason and Ration

- The time was 18th century Europe, ideas were flowing and intellectuals were making a name for themselves in academics. Many well-educated and cultured members of the humankind were digging deeper into their brains to make up reason for all that happens on Earth and beyond. The philosophers Denis Diderot, Voltaire, Cesare Beccaria, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke contributed to the Enlightenment by educating people of Western Europe on the ideas of logic and philosophy to help explain the world around them....   [tags: revolutionary ideas]

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The Most Influential Group of Philosophers

- In the course of human history, there have been many great, influential philosophers that have changed our view of this small planet and the universe around it. Perhaps the most influential group of philosophers came from ancient Greece. Many ideals and principles we use today come from three prominent philosophers named Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. These men will soon (not in their lifetimes) change the course of human history and the process of thought. Socrates was born in 469 B.C. to Sophacles, an Athenian stone crafter....   [tags: socrates, plato, aristotle]

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The Beliefs of Philosophers and The Belief in God

- The beliefs I have, and what has given me strength is combined with what I have been taught and what I have researched. Throughout this paper, there are five questions that has me describe life, but also describes the person I have become. The three philosophers I chose were all different, and all have something in common. What they all have in common is that they all stand by what they believe in. The three I have chosen are Aristotle, because I enjoy happiness and he believes it is the key to life....   [tags: buddha, greek, aristotle]

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The Philosophy Of The Great Philosophers

- People think that they are pious, virtuous, knowledgeable, intellectual, just, and more but in actuality and reality are they really and how can they find out. This is why through the generations of mankind have been blessed with the minds of the “Great philosophers.” We know about the “Great philosophers” through documents or books they wrote or others close to them witnessed and documented. One of the “Great philosophers” by the name of Socrates helped out people he meet with asking them questions and trying to define words, adjectives, or emotions they thought their lives reflected....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Virtue, Socratic method]

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Children are Like Philosophers as They Develop

- Science is delving into the unknown, incorporating knowledge, curiosity, making new discoveries, observing and enquiring beyond and out of bounds. It has bonds with many subjects such as philosophy, math and English. Humans ask how, and science tries to answer why. Through observations of the natural world or experimentations in laboratories or even the classroom we are attempting to find something out. We are constantly learning new things everyday that changes our attitudes and beliefs about the world....   [tags: learning, childhood development,]

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The Greatest Philosophers Of Ancient Greece

- Euthyphro Plato is recognized as one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece. He is known as a profound thinker who came from an aristocratic family. Plato was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. Plato’s writing questioned justice, equality, and philosophy. Plato founded the Academy in Athens. This was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. Two significant events played a major role in Plato’s life. The first event was meeting the Greek philosopher Socrates who later became his teacher....   [tags: Socrates, Plato, Euthyphro, Philosophy]

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Moral Reasoning by the Great Philosophers

- "Moral thought, then, seems to behave like all other kinds of thought. Progress through the moral levels and stages is characterized by increasing differentiation and increasing integration, and hence is the same kind of progress that scientific theory represents." Quoted by Mr. Kohlberg himself. Kohlberg developed a set of stages on what he thought how man develops morally. Lawrence Kohlberg's reasoning for the stages of moral development stemmed from Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget; who was one of the first to study systematically moral reasoning in children....   [tags: reasoning, moral, code, development, ]

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Human Imaginations based on Philosophers

- ... Aristotle’s implication is that by observing the world around you, you can receive an idea of the real essence of things. The acquisition of theoretical knowledge is therefore a matter of thinking rationally about the implications of this knowledge. Thus physical science is a matter of everyday observation followed by rigorous thinking.The relationship between the senses and the imagination is something that both Plato and Hobbes investigate further. In Plato’s Republic, Plato severely tempers the use of the arts in the creation of a new city....   [tags: memory, mind, things, theory]

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The First Modern Political Philosophers

- Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are viewed as the first modern political philosophers. Both philosophers used their personal views as a means to develop their theories of human nature, the origin of the state, the nature of government, and the right of revolution. The two philosophers contributed to many fields: politics, governance, and the lives of individuals. Due to their different approaches to the same points, they differed on the views of human nature, the right of revolution, and the nature of governments....   [tags: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke]

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The Construction of Morality: Philosophers

- Many political philosophers use the theme of morality to introduce their theories of civilization. Human morals are intertwined with the political system and are presented in human nature. By definition, morality is the distinction between right and wrong. Thus, philosophers use the concept of morality in the same distinction, but understand and apply them in different context depending on their theories. The interpretations vary between political thinkers.; One particular pair of theorists believe morals are presented in the lives of humans, but created in a different manner....   [tags: Jacques Rousseau, morality, thinkers]

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Wrongful Persecution of Philosophers

- In The Republic, Socrates uses several images in his arguments as metaphors to explain a larger, more significant statement. The allegory of the cave is used to demonstrate that philosophers are wrongly persecuted by the unphilisophical, in that they are indispensable because they are the only ones in the city able to view the world through the intelligible realm, and therefore are able to see the truth (Plato 189). The philosophers in the cave are able to see more than what is projected in front of them, unlike the others chained to the wall....   [tags: Greek, Socrates]

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The Heavenly City of Eighteenth Century Philosophers

- I. Introduction a. The medieval world, epitomized by Thomas Aquinas, had unwavering belief in religious doctrine and viewed the Great Chain of Being as the concept that gave absolute structure to society. b. The world of the philosophes c. The commonly ascribed difference between the two d. Becker’s argument i. The eighteenth century philosophers were more similar to the thirteenth century theologians than to humans today. ii. The 18th century philosophers, he maintains, were trying to (possibly unconsciously) deconstruct the heavenly city of the old religious order and reconstruct it back on earth....   [tags: beacker, object, argument]

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Positions of the Greek Philosophers in Rafael's Painting

- Raphael’s painting, “The school of Athens” is not merely a conglomeration of all of the philosophers of the time period, but includes a more profound amount of time, effort, and thought put into the placement and depiction of each of the characters. Each of the characters has been painted in a way that is reflective of their individual beliefs and philosophy. Though each individual was depicted as a specific philosopher from the time period there is still some debate over exactly which philosopher is which....   [tags: art, expository essay]

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The New Philosophers Like Kant And Descartes

- The new philosophers like Kant and Descartes are very different then the older philosophers like St. Thomas Aquinas, Plato. Plato lived in ancient Greece from 428-328 B.C.E. He was taught philosophy by Socrates. St. Thomas Aquinas lived from A.D. 1224-1274, during the medieval era. Separated for more than a thousand years, these two philosophers have had a huge impact on western thought. Both introduced new ideas in the study of reality, knowledge and Both Plato and Aquinas used the same concept in their epistemology, even thou they were used differently they both had the same concept....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Metaphysics, Aristotle]

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The Philosophers Who Contrubuted to the Development of Behaviorism

- ... Descartes (1596-1650) was taken with Plato’s rationalism, as well as his views on dualism. The idea that the mind and body interacted with one another led to his own thoughts on how they might be structured, placing the body as subservient to the mind. This intern led Descartes to develop his famous declaration, “I think therefore I am.” This idea further propelled future thinkers to examine the separation of mind and body. Hobbes (1588-1679) rejected much of Descartes’ work, most especially his idea of dualism....   [tags: experience, response, psychologist]

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Friendship Through The Lense Of Philosophy And Philosophers

- In studying friendship through the lense of philosophy and philosophers, specifically Aristotle and Grunebaum, there’s been a lot of discussion about the ‘how’s and ‘what’s and ‘why’s of friendship-- what is a perfect friendship, and what is it based on. Why are friendships that focus on pleasantness or usefulness imperfect. Why do we feel obligations to our friends that we don’t feel to other people. We’ve had these questions answered-- a perfect friendship is, according to Aristotle, one based on the ‘virtuous’ qualities of both people-- ‘virtuous’, in this context, meaning the balance, the middle ground between excess and deficit....   [tags: Friendship, Virtue, Interpersonal relationship]

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Taking a Look at Pragmatism and Its Philosophers

- Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey receive the lion’s share of the create developing the philosophical tradition called Pragmatism. The idea originated in the US during the 70’s, when C.S. Peirce developed a methodical way of inquiring and working through thought. Peirce’s ideas break away from traditionally accepted philosophy of the time, such as Descartes, and he creates Pragmatism. These three men, considered by many as the forefathers of Pragmatism, did not see eye to eye on all issues....   [tags: Sanders Pierce, William James, John Dewey]

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Great Philosophers and Lives Well Lived

- There have been many great philosophers throughout time. Socrates, Thomas Aquinas and Rene Descartes all lived during different times. This gave each of them different insights, which helped to create their philosophies and principles of their philosophies. Each philosopher also had a different means as to how they delivered their ideas and teachings. With so many differences the three had one thing in common: A love for wisdom, and the need to share it with others. Socrates was a great philosopher from Ancient Greece....   [tags: Socrates, Aquinas, Descartes]

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Philosophers Nagel and Kant on Moral Luck

- How can we determine what actions, if any, we're morally responsible for. At first the concept of the control principle was in practice until people came to realize that they didn’t actually practice this to the fullest degree; this lead to the creation of the idea of Moral Luck. Two philosophers with opposing viewpoints on the concept of Moral Luck were Nagel and Kant. I believe Kant has a good base for what he believes, but I don’t think he has all the answers as far as the role luck plays in our decisions....   [tags: morally, practice, plays]

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The Great Philosophers : Kant, Mill & Aristotle

- The great Philosophers: Kant, Mill & Aristotle Kierra Jones Dr. Lovern Valdosta State University Both Kant and Mill were significantly influenced by David Hume 's purported "IS-OUGHT" misrepresentation of good misreasoning. Hume 's explanation of the paradox is a sensible feedback of most persons ' thoughts regarding morals. Individuals make a progression of factual or "is" proclamations and after that reason that individuals ought to do something about such realities or ought not to do something in light of such certainties....   [tags: Ethics, Immanuel Kant, Morality, Philosophy]

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The Ethical Approaches Of Both Designed Philosophers

- Before using the different ethical approaches of both designed philosophers, one should first approximate oneself to the objective facts or determined moral act which is been judged. In the particular case against Robert Latimer, we should first take a deep look over his whole moral decision content, his core motivation, means, and intention. According to the judicial decision, he was found guilty of second-degree murder of his daughter Tracy, who suffered of several conditions, among those, CP or cerebral palsy that made her unable to be independent in all ways, besides causing multiple additional health issues, that produced a lot of extreme physical pain, and also psychological suffering...   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Immanuel Kant, Suffering]

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Philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment

- During the eighteenth century, ideas of reform started in France and spread through Europe. This period is referred to as The Age of Enlightenment. The Enlightenment carried the idea that economic change and political reform were possible. People started to think that they could use their own intellect to challenge the intellectual authority of tradition and the Christian past. The people who wrote for change and reform were called the philosophes (French for philosophers). They wrote hoping to bring reform to religion, political thought, society, government, and the economy....   [tags: European History]

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The Critical Reception of Flappers & Philosophers

- The Critical Reception of Flappers & Philosophers Flappers and Philosophers served as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “initial encore” after the “considerable success” of his first novel, This Side of Paradise.[1] Fitzgerald’s publisher, Scribners, “liked to have its authors issue short-story collections soon after they had published novels”; the Fall of 1920 offered Fitzgerald, as well as the publishing firm, a unique opportunity to both reinforce and, hopefully, expand the writer’s popular appeal.[2] Fifteen of his stories had been previously published or accepted for future publication when Fitzgerald selected stories for inclusion in Flappers and Philosophers in April of 1920....   [tags: Philosophy Fitzgerald Writers Literature Essays]

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A Comparison of Classic and Contemporary Philosophers

- A Comparison of Classic And Contemporary Philosophers Why is it so important that young children in our society receive a good education. The answer to that question is very simple; because they are our future. The old saying “the youth of today are the leaders off tomorrow” holds more truth than many people realize. By giving children a good start at an early age we are only helping ourselves as well as the children. A good example of this is can be seen in our society. By the time a teacher in our society retires from his or her position their students will have made it out into the real world and taken jobs....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Symposium: A Philosophers Guide To Love

- The Symposium: A Philosophers Guide to Love As much as our society has become involved in the advancement of feminism and the equality of the sexes, there is one fact that neither gender can ignore; none can survive without the other. Love and the want of a soul mate keeps each member of man and womankind in constant search of the perfect person with whom to become one. Yet if this bond is a necessity of the human race then why has the meaning, purpose and pursuit of it eluded us for so many generations....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jewish Philosophers on Reason and Revelation

- Jewish Philosophers on Reason and Revelation Footnotes are Misssing ABSTRACT: Are reason and revelation different sources of truth. Do they contradict or complement each other. The present essay tries to give an answer to these ancient questions from a Jewish pluralistic point of view. I describe the essential views of the most important representatives of the two main schools of Jewish thought: the rationalists Maimonides, Moses Mendelssohn, and Hermann Cohen, and the antirationalists Judah Halevi and Solomon Levi Steinheim....   [tags: Research Essays Term Papers]

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Anselms Ontological Argument And The Philosophers

- Anselm's Ontological Argument and the Philosophers Saint Anselm of Aosta, Bec, and Canterbury, perhaps during a moment of enlightenment or starvation-induced hallucination, succeeded in formulating an argument for God's existence which has been debated for almost a thousand years. It shows no sign of going away soon. It is an argument based solely on reason, distinguishing it from other arguments for the existence of God such as cosmological or teleological arguments. These latter arguments respectively depend on the world's causes or design, and thus may weaken as new scientific advances are made (such as Darwin's theory of evolution)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers

- Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers The desire of most philosophers, Nietzsche says, is to find truth. Nietzsche doesn't see why this is. In the second aphorism, he asks why don't we look for untruth. He believes that beliefs are more important than finding truth because, for him, there is no real truth. Philosophers state a truth or known fact as if it were the ultimate knowledge, but Nietzsche says that really they are giving their opinions about things. Philosophers don't have knowledge - just beliefs....   [tags: Papers]

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How Greek Philosophers Affect our Learning Today

- ... The article is titled ‘Aristotle on Consciousness’. The excerpt really goes into depth on Aristotle’s views and beliefs in one’s conscious. According to the book, Aristotle believed that Consciousness played a big part in the minds of people in the early ages. The source is very credible because it comes from a critically acclaimed book called ‘Mind’. The specific page is page 751. This topic may be very interesting to include in the paper because it something that very much is in effect today....   [tags: ancient world history, Socrates, Aristotle]

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Eighteenth Century Philosophers: A Comparison

- Eighteenth Century Philosophers: A Comparison The "Enlightenment" or the "Age of Realization" was an age of great advancement and reform for all of Europe and beyond. Great advancements were being made in the fields of science, philosophy, mathematics, and logic. Most people attribute these achievements to the social critics of that time, also known as the philosophes. These philosophes were controversial thinkers and pioneered the intellectual movements of the 1700's. They stood up for what they believed in, although they were constantly criticized and censured by many other people....   [tags: European Europe History]

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Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers

- Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers VI. The Soul and Immortality 1. What is Aristotle's view. Aristotle taught others that the soul is to be found wherever life is. Since signs of life are found in nature, the soul must be found throughout nature. He also believed that the human soul is higher than other beings because it has the ability to think in terms of concepts. He also stated that the soul of man has the power of reason. This reason perceives concepts just as the lower part of the soul perceives objects in the world....   [tags: Papers]

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The Constitution vs. Early Philosophers

- The Constitution vs. Early Philosophers We all know that our Declaration was written to let us know what was happening in our world. It specifically showed us what actions Britain did to us and reassures the people of the United States that these incidents will no longer happen in our country. As our forefathers sat down to write this paper, they kept in mind the good of the nation and knew that we would look upon these words they wrote, forever in the future. But have you ever wondered what a person from the past might think of our Declaration of Independence....   [tags: Papers]

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The Three Important Philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

- ... However he is still considered a very important philosopher in Greek history. The only documents written about Socrates’s life are written by Plato, Xenophon, and Aristophanes. His most well known traits were his communication skills and his ideas. According to Plato, Socrates fought in the battles of Amphipolis, Potidaea, and Delium for the Athenian army. “Aristophanes' writings describe Socrates running a sophist school and getting paid for it. Xenophon and Plato disagree with this saying that Socrates did not accept any payment for his teaching, with his poverty acting as proof of this fact.” (, Socrates) Socrates was sentenced to death by the Athenians Athenian peopl...   [tags: modern, society, influence, mortal, teach]

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Should Death Be Feared? Philosophers And Scholars And Laymen Alike

- People often spend their whole lives worrying about death, which raises the question: should death be feared. Philosophers and scholars and laymen alike all have pondered this question, all reaching different answers. Each religion has its own thoughts on death and the after life, and each individual has their own personal beliefs on the matter. Epicurus in his “Letter to Menoceus” argues that death shouldn 't be feared, or even thought of; I am going to attempt to prove the opposite. Death is a reality that shouldn 't be ignored and soon I will explain my reasons why....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Heaven, Near death experience]

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The Works Of Philosophers Immanuel Kant And John Stuart Mill

- Animal Experimentation The works of philosophers Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill have been used more substantively in animal advocacy movements, even though Mill’s utilitarianism was genuinely animal amicable at the time; he believed that in any circumstance the right action would be the action that have a tendency to minimize the pain and suffering, and expand the pleasure and happiness, of all humans and animals which in return should impact our treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant a philosopher who is often mention in animal advocacy movement did not believe we had any direct ethical duties to animal....   [tags: Animal rights, Animal testing]

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The Existence Of God Has Been Contested And Analyzed By Philosophers

- The existence of God has been contested and analyzed by philosophers consistently through time. St. Thomas simplifies God’s existence into 5 proofs, of which perhaps the first and second are the most salient. God as the immovable mover and uncaused cause, follow from the concepts of act and potency, along with the principle of the efficient cause. The fifth proof dealing with the governance of the universe is also worth mentioning, and while all these arguments are well thought out there is room for dissension on the basis of disagreement with the foundations Aquinas bases them on....   [tags: Causality, Cosmological argument, Existence]

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Philosophers: Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke and Karl Marx

- With great ideas, comes and follows great change. Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke and Karl Marx are renowned philosophers who paved way to the most prominent forms of government in the world. Through their literature they have created a huge wave of revolutionary ideas that exist in the several forms of government to this day. On one hand, Machiavelli advocates political absolutism. It is a form of government in which the governed accept the powers granted to a single ruler usually vested in a king or an emperor by divine manifestation....   [tags: power, absolutism, government]

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Why Sophists Are More Influential Than Philosophers

- As a sophist, I offer guiding knowledge and integrity to students who can eventually achieve political power, for I cannot, as I am originally from Sicily. Through sophistry, great minds are framed from merely witnessing rhetoric at the agora. I am a logographer, an orator and a teacher or rhetoric who continually preaches the art of persuasion. Most of my students whom not only learn these areas of expertise are also taught the notion of probability (controversia) and how to properly articulate arguments in order to persuade....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Rhetoric, Sophism]

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Philosophers of Eastern Religions

- Philosophers of Eastern Religions Does anybody have any answers to the question of what is our purpose. Is there life after death. What do we need to accomplish while we are alive. What is real or moral. Is there a God. These are main philosophical questions that the human race has been trying to answer. Religion is an explained philosophy and be it divine or a practice, it is a way of life. It is not surprising to see that religion of the Eastern World had a few people stand out as important intellectuals....   [tags: Papers]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- According to legend, just before his death, Niccolo Machiavelli told his friends that had remained faithful to him up until the very end about a dream he had had. In his dream, he had seen a group of peasants, wretched and decrepit in appearance. He asked them who they were. They replied, ‘We are the saintly and the blessed; we are on our way to heaven.’ Then he saw a crowd of formally attired men, aristocratic and grim in appearance, speaking solemnly of important political matters. Again, he asked them who they were and where they were going....   [tags: Philosophers ]

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A Comparative Study on the Philosophies of Plato and Aristotle

- Plato and Aristotle are undoubtedly the greatest of philosophers that the world has seen. Both Plato and Aristotle formed unique and distinct theories about the Greek city states. While most people believe that Plato and Aristotle are complete opposites of one another, it is not completely true. For those who have studied the works of both the philosophers, the theory proposed by Aristotle is just a development of the Platonic system because it does away with the cons of Plato’s theory. However, it has been noted that Aristotle never let a day pass by when he didn’t criticise Plato....   [tags: ancient Greek philosophers]

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Enlightnement Philosophers

- Enlightnement Philosophers Enlightenment philosophers have had a profound impact on the progress of society, they quite simply have provided the structure for government today. European thinkers such as John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are some of the European political thinkers who have changed the course of history. John Locke was a 1600s English thinker that brought forth ideas which became the key to the Enlightenment. He believed that people have a natural right to life, liberty, and property....   [tags: Papers]

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The Age of Enlightenment

- For many years European society depended upon religion to answer most of their questions. The Age of Enlightenment however, was a time period when Europeans switched on a light and got everyone thinking in a new way. The Age of Enlightenment was a time period when philosophes promoted logic and reason to society and answered questions. These thinkers weren’t concerned with the after life, only with the secularly views. Furthermore, philosophes were extremely important during the Enlightenment, the most influential philosophes are Montesquieu, Voltaire and Rousseau....   [tags: Philosophers]

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Classical Philosophers

- Classical Philosophy The golden age of Greece was an age of thinking, of knowledge, and of the arts. Some of the greatest minds of any time projected their ideas upon the masses. They were called philosophers. These were men whose minds developed some of the most abstract and revolutionary ideas of the time. Some of them were put to death for their ideas and their beliefs and became martyrs for their cause. During this age, three philosophers in particular stood out from the rest. Socrates Socrates was the first of the three great philosophers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Why Does Being A Philosopher Help In Philosophical Practice?

- Why Does Being A Philosopher Help In Philosophical Practice. I think of personal consulting and much of what others call therapy as like dancing with another person. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow and sometimes the hardest part to learn is how to stay out of your partners way. You must understand your partners way of moving very well indeed if you are to follow it, move with it and know what will embellish and accentuate and what will interrupt. The 'dance' of personal consulting requires the kind of intellectual ability we should expect a well trained philosopher to have even if it also calls for traits and skills philosophers are not likely to have....   [tags: Philosophers Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Political Philosophers

- Political Philosophers Jeremy Bentham figured that laws should be socially useful and not merely reflect the status quo. While he believed that men inevitably pursue pleasure and avoid pain, Bentham thought it to be a sacred truth that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. Bentham supposed that morality could be derived from "enlightened self-interest," and that a person who always acted with a view to his own maximum satisfaction in the long run would always act rightly....   [tags: Papers]

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Philosophers Concerned with Political and Social Matters

- Philosophers have forever been concerned with political and social matters. Not only have they asked how politics work but mainly, how they should work. These philosophers have been concerned with the nature and justification of political obligation and authority and the goals of political action. Although their doctrines have differentiated, and numerous have been utopian in concept, they have all shared the same ideas and convictions that it is the political philosopher's duty to distinguish between what is and what ought to be, between existing political institutions and potentially more humane institutions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Plato and Confucius

- Plato and Confucius There are thousands of credible philosophers for people to study today, therefore the choice of who to study becomes a burdening task. Each single one has amazing knowledge and insight that we could all learn something from. There are people who don’t call themselves philosophers but bring philosophical thought to us, and then there are those who dedicate their lives to the love of wisdom. Philosophers have existed for thousands of years, and as long as the sun comes up, there will be philosophers in the future....   [tags: Philosophers]

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Ancient Greek Philosophers

- The ancient Greek philosopher Plato once said, “let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence” (Think Exist). This importance, for parents to pass down the notion of reverence, can be seen in Book One of Homer’s The Odyssey. Set at the fall of Troy, the reader is introduced to, if but briefly, Odysseus, his son Telemachos and the suitors who are after Penelope’s hand in marriage. Throughout the first book, Homer makes it quite apparent that Telemachos and Odysseus are beyond doubt reverential characters and, therefore, set the foundation for being true heroes....   [tags: Greek, Odyssey, Gods]

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The Differences Between The German Philosophers And Friedrich Nietzsche And Karl Marx

- First Long Essay Both of the German philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Marx, have spoken levels on the nature and purpose of human beings, however, the defining difference in their criticisms and teachings is the idea of where ‘power’ comes from and what man is supposed to do with it. Despite the fact that the philosophers had separate objectives in mind when inditing their literature, their comparative delivery presents similarities due to the subjects that seem to have fallen prey to criticism in their writings....   [tags: Religion, Philosophy, Human, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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The Famous Philosophers Gilbert Ryle, Rene Descartes, And Thomas Nagel

- The famous philosophers Gilbert Ryle, René Descartes, and Thomas Nagel help us better understand the idea regarding mental and physical phenomena’s. A mental phenomenon is best described as feelings, emotions, and desires that are processed in the mind, and a physical phenomenon is best described as observable facts by the body that is processed by the brain. An example of a physical fact is a cell phone. A cell phone can be wholly explained, and all the parts can be fully identified and know by everyone to be the same....   [tags: Mind, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy, Ontology]

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Raphael’s The School of Athens: Classical Philosophers in a Renaissance Work

- The European Renaissance was the time period after the Dark Ages. In the Renaissance, radical new ideas like humanism and individualism took foot. Also, art and science were re-embraced for the first time in Europe since classical times. Art in the Renaissance became much more realistic and advanced using new techniques such as chiaroscuro (using high contrast to add depth to a painting), foreshortening (adjusting line length and angle to make 2-D objects look 3-D), and much more accurate perspective....   [tags: Renaissance ]

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Hsün Tzu and Jean-Paul Sartre Comparison of two Philosophers

- Fraud, murder, courage, and strong will are all words that can be linked to humanity. These words will often raise questions like, who did it, how they did it, or why. Can it be that the true answer to these questions lies in getting a better understanding of our human nature. Does man act according to his divine plan, or is he taught how to act. In analyzing the works of Hsün Tzu and Jean-Paul Sartre, I will determine which of these two philosophers offers the strongest foundation for living an ethical life in the modern era....   [tags: compare, contrast]

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Analysis Of The Three Philosophers ' D ' Hollbach, James, And Chisholm Argument

- The three philosophers, d’Hollbach, James, and Chisholm argument revolves around how humans free will is connected to moral choices and how they are responsible for their actions. D’Hollbach writes about how the soul and body are not separate, but are one with a special connection. James explains determinism and the distinctions between soft and hard determinism. Chisholm argues against compatibilism and reveals the difference between transceunt and immanent causation. The three philosophers at one point consider the free will notion and how humans are responsible for their own actions....   [tags: Free will, Determinism, Causality, Libertarianism]

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Elite Philosophers: John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

- In the early nineteenth century after the recession had nearly wiped out peoples hope in Europe, there emerged four elite philosophers who gave people something to believe in: John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. New perspectives on people and politics soon started to surface and arguments arose about what ideologies others had. It could be said that Locke saw Machiavelli to represent the interests of the monarch without any consent of the people because of how in Prince, he explained how a growing leader should rule through intimidation as that is the only way to maintain control compared to Locke who believed people are independent to make their own decisions....   [tags: capitalism, ideology, monarch]

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Moral Actions by Philosophers Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill

- In the making of my own argument on the elements that justify a right or wrong action, I will reference two of the most influential philosophers, Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill. In order to make this paper easy to follow, I intend to focus on one of the arguments formed by each of these men. I will evaluate how both of Kant and Mill’s principles fits into the morals of right and wrong. Kant gives us a categorical imperative that urges one to Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law (Kant), and Mill states that actions are right as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness (Mi...   [tags: Right, Wrong, Philosophy]

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Comparing and Contrasting Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

- Introduction: We humans like to think. Some people take it as a hobby. While others take it as a job. That is basically what a philosopher is. A philosopher is a person that usually thinks about life and tries to find out mysterious questions, and how to solve them. Since a long time ago, in ancient Greece, many people would just meditate about life, and would sit or talk and write books about life. These have always been one of Greek's reasons of why it is so famous. Because of their marvelous philosophers....   [tags: Philosophers, Philosophy]

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The Life and Mindd of John Bordley Rawls

- JOHN RAWLS – THE LIFE AND MIND Contemporary philosopher John Bordley Rawls provided the liberal world with an ethical theory that placed the concept of justice at its center of concentration. John Rawls was arguably one of the most influential political philosophers of the Twentieth Century following the Second World War. Rawls published his first book, “A Theory of Justice”, in 1971, which was widely considered his best work and the most important work of political philosophy. Rawlsianism, Rawls’ philosophical basis, aimed at challenging utilitarian principles and it therefore received both strong support and strong opposition.2 Biographical Sketch John Rawls was born into a comfortabl...   [tags: contemporary philosophers]

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Consciousness: Our Portal to Fulfillment

- Human culture expands rapidly and our concept of consciousness is rapidly evolving with it. Philosophers have filled the void concerning the true nature of consciousness not yet determined by science. Despite the subjective nature of consciousness, perceived by many to be a personal and private aspect of human existence, neurobiologists are investigating and measuring objective characteristics of introspective reasoning and associated elements of morality. Most agree that consciousness is key to human happiness and belonging....   [tags: philosophers, functionalists]

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Shrugging Off Positive: Ayn Rand

- ... Ayn Rand is a perfect match for all of these qualities, practicing non-violent approaches, revolutionizing thought processes, advancing the views of society, and remained objective. To begin with, Rand was never a violent person. She was a philosophical fiction and non-fiction author. Rand’s books have sold in the millions, and there is a whole philosophical society dedicated to her philosophy. (De Jesus) Ayn Rand never violently protested or used violence as a means to get her points across....   [tags: individualism philosophers]

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Michael Polanyi and Lucian Blaga as Philosophers of Knowledge

- Michael Polanyi and Lucian Blaga as Philosophers of Knowledge ABSTRACT: Polanyi and Blaga are two centennial philosophers who could be compared. They both are philosophers who have abandoned the attempt to analyze science as the form of culture capable of complete objectivity and the language solely in terms of its referential force, to make representational knowledge impersonal and to split fact from value. 1. Polanyi's epistemology Polanyi and Blaga are two centennial philosophers who could be put into comparison....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Kant's and Aristotle's Ethics

- To be good is good but it has to be done for the right reason. Aristotle and Kant are two famous philosophers who have different ethical theories. The theory’s of virtue and duties rest not only on laws and obligations but from what comes from the inside. Morality comes from inner strength, character and how we live our life to the best end. Aristole 384-322 b.c.e. Aristotle conceptualized the branches of philosophy and contributed to the theories in logic, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy (book 237)....   [tags: Philosophy, Philosophers]

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Jaques Ellul: An Influencial Philosopher

- Jacques Ellul is one of the most influential philosophers who observed propaganda from an altered viewpoint. Ellul believes that technology is governing man’s purpose. Mass media continually modernizes and updates, therefore it knows exactly how to target people’s interests. Ellul emphasizes a few different types of propaganda in Chapter 3 of his book “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes.” He believes that propaganda is founded on more than one part of science and that it changes with science, shares its achievements, and realizes its flaws....   [tags: Influencial Philosopher, Propaganda]

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Pico della Mirandola: A Great Philosopher

- A Great Philosopher Pico della Mirandola was an Italian Philosopher and a humanist. A lot of people would consider Pico della Mirandola an ideal man of the Italian Renaissance. Pico really helped the Renaissance, he made a huge impact on a lot of other philosophers, and a lot of other philosophers influenced him. Pico della Mirandola once stated,“Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow to maturity and bear in him their own fruit. If they be vegetative, he will be like a plant.”(BrainyQuote)....   [tags: Italian philosopher and humanist]

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Philosphers and Theories

- Two Great Philosophers and their Principal Theories Sigmund Schlomo Freud was an Austrian neurologist born on May 06, 1856. Freud is know as the father of psychoanalysis, his theories of the unconscious mind and repression. Freud created the clinical method of psychoanalysis to investigate and treat psychopathology. Freud understood the workings of the human brain. He was intrigued by it, I believe that was one of the reasons he was a neurologist. Freud came from a poor family of eight children and he was favored over his other siblings the most....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, Fredric Nietzsche]

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The Ideal Governments of Plato and Aristotle

- In Ancient Greece, people known as philosophers began contemplating the world in a different light. They had a different way of thinking than what was normal in the day. While others practiced paganism and worshipped the Gods of Olympus, philosophers thought about the body, the soul, and ways to create a better world. Greek philosophers are still known today and their works are still being read and taught. They have left a mark on this world. One topic that philosophers frequently discuss is politics and government....   [tags: ancient greece, philosophers]

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Commentary on Candide by Voltaire and Irrational Man by William Barrett

- The first item I will be discussing is Candide which is a satire written by the philosopher François Marie Arouet who is known by his pseudonym Voltaire. Candide main characters adapt the idea that everything happens for the best, no matter how bad it is. It talks about a man who falls in love with a woman and after that he goes through a lot of hardships as he travels the world with his many companions. The novelattacks the church through irony and satire, it mentions how the church punishes people for having heretical ideas, which contradicts the aims of the Enlightenment as the latter supports explaining the world through science in a way that separates the ideas from those mentions in th...   [tags: Enlightenment, Philosophers, Science]

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Does God Actually Exist? Descartes and his Fifth Meditation

- Does God actually exist. Who is God. These are questions that intrigue each and every human and strikes at the very heart of human existence. The question of God to have ever been in or being in existence has beleaguered humankind from the time they began to think logically. A majority of philosophers claim that there may be God or numerous God’s whereas some say there may be nothing at all. Humans have only been around for so long that there are only a few fragments of history left to study whether or not God really exists....   [tags: philosophers, human existance]

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Plato and Aristotle's Ideal Views of Politics

- Plato grew up within the spewing turmoil that would become Athens, after its failed attempts at democracy, and Aristotle who was educated in Athens under his teacher went on to mentor Alexander the Great of Macedonia. Though both had varying differences in their ideal governmental policies. Plato in his Republic would have his great city of Athens follow a monarch known as the Philosopher-King, while Aristotle in his talk of Politics would have the demos, the people rule, the very people that ruined the city his mentor grew up in....   [tags: monarch, democracy, philosophers]

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Socrates and Jean-Jacque Rousseau's Views on the Place of Law and Role of Society

- The place of law and the role of society are complex issues with which philosophers have grappled with for hundreds of years. Two notable individuals who contributed to this ongoing discourse are Socrates and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. This paper will be broken up into sections to examine the views of these two men and to conclude which man has a better grasp of the material. First the views of Socrates will be commented upon, with reference to “Crito”. Afterwards, Rousseau’s arguments in his “Discourse on the Inequality of Men” will be explored....   [tags: philosophers, human nature, inequality]

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Seeking the Perfect Relationship Between the Citizen and the State

- Throughout the centuries, the quest for the perfect and balanced relationship between the citizen and the state has been the focus of philosophers and thinkers. Driven by the human need to secure the natural rights of the individual and the necessity to safeguard the social and political institution known as the state, those men of thought differed among themselves in approach as well as in theories. Their thoughts diverged substantially as to rest on totally opposite if not contradictory sides....   [tags: Democracy, Philosophers, Government]

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The Differing Perspectives of Greek Philosophers

- ... Heraclitus and Parmenides both recognized that the materials which make up the universe could be broken down to one basic substance, but they came to disagreement over what that basic substance was exactly, as well as the state of being. Heraclitus believed that everything was fire (or made of fire), and that it was the fundamental source of change in the universe because a main property of the universe was that it was in a constant state of changing. Parmenides argued that the entire idea of change was impossible and that the universe was essentially unmoving and unchanging....   [tags: change, substance, knowledge]

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The Concept of 'Bad Faith' in the Philosophy of Sartre

- The Concept of ‘Bad Faith’ in the Philosophy of Sartre Jean-Paul Sartre was the French philosopher and a versatile thinker and writer. He is today known for two systematic and extraordinary works in the field of philosophy. Besides these two phenomenal works- ‘Being and Nothingness’ and ‘Critique of Dialectical Reason’- Sartre developed some shorter philosophical versions including; several screenplays, plays, and novels; essays on art and literary criticism; short stories; an autobiography; scores of journalistic and political writing; and original and distinctive biographies of different writers....   [tags: French philosophers, existetialism]

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