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    Across generations over centuries of time, people have yearned to achieve freedom: freedom from materialistic possession, freedom from responsibilities, freedom from society. Breaking away from society and establishing one’s own identity struck most individuals, like writer Henry David Thoreau, as hopeful and adventurous. Thoreau took the challenge in 1854 to fulfill this desire of freedom from society by building himself a house far from civilization (Thoreau 6). By removing himself from the materialistic

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    common at the time. The piece seemed quite interesting because there is such a contrast in facial structures between the poet (assumed to be Menander) and the face masks he is trying on while writing a composition. The poet looks upon the masks with a stoic and imperturbable visage while the masks portray a vast array of emotions. The young man and women masks look shocked and upset; the elderly man's mask looks more enraged and surprised. Why is there such a contrast between the poet's emotions and the

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    Author, J.K. Rowling once stated, “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” Imagine you are waiting to cross a street, a blind man is standing in front of you.The begins to cross the street even though the light has not changed in his favor, he seems to be in no danger until you see a car about a half mile away speeding towards him. Totally unaware of the situation, the man continues walking across the street. As you and many others watch he is hit by the car.

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    Atticus Finch Analysis

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    Atticus Finch happens to be my favorite. Atticus Finch is a father, role model, and lawyer. As these are rather bland descriptions it seems fitting that a man of such a humble lifestyle has unshakeable morals, strong philosophical viewpoints, and the stoic courageousness of a lion. Without a personality as enthralling as that of Mr. Finch, Harper Lee’s novel would be vapid. This novel is anything but vanilla, therefore the character Atticus Finch portrays himself as a lionhearted, altruistic, philosophical

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    In Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, readers are introduced to the conflict of good and evil between Billy Budd and Claggart. However, there is another conflict, which, in ways is more significant than the epic clash of good and evil. Vere’s struggle between duty and conscience is more significant because it occurs in the mind. Whereas Billy Budd was clearly the noble sacrificed hero and Claggart was the vindictive villain, duty is just as noble as conscience and conscience is just as noble as

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    Good morning teachers, students and esteemed guests. I would first like thank the Australian Film Institute for having come deliver a speech to the English Teachers’ Conference. I would like to acknowledge the Arrernte and Kalkadoon people who are the traditional custodians of this land. For countless generations, they have cared for this land. We acknowledge their sacredness and respect it. Today, I will go through just a little about myself, introduce to you all One Night the Film and speak in

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    Peace of Mind Can peace of mind ever be achieved during one’s lifetime? For many years, some of the greatest thinkers of all time have pondered this question. Philosophical questions such as this one can often become intimidating due to the fact that peace of mind can have different meanings depending on the person and his or her life experiences. For example, peace of mind may be described as being healthy or having a strong network of friends for some people, while for others, it can be defined

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    Advances in Art, science and politics were made in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. Greek philosophers were among the first in the West to explore nature in a rational way and to make educated guesses about the creation of the world and the universe. This is why Greece is often referred to as the birthplace of Western culture. The ancient Greeks viewed the world in a way that one would today perhaps describe as "holistic". Science, philosophy, art and politics were interwoven and combined

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    slave who was owned by a man named Epaphroditus. He became a free man after his master was killed. During the years of his slavery he was allowed to go to philosophy lectures and as such, became a philosopher himself. Epictetus followed what is called Stoic tradition. A man going from a slave to a philosopher in the course of his lifetime is no small feat. His time as a slave surely gave Epictetus a different and unknown picture into the human condition. The Enchiridion of Epictetus was not actually

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    Plutarch: A Greek Philosopher

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    admit to such. Plutarch openly sided with Plato’s school, in their thinking that life needs justice and can bring happiness to the world. Plutarch wrote out in some of his writings against the other schools of philosophy called Stoics and Epicureans. Plutarch felt that the Stoics and Epicureans based their philosophy on a false theory of human natures and reality. Plutarch wrote h... ... middle of paper ... ...riters, even though no evidence has been found of the other philosopher’s works. Some may

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    more complicated with thought. This can be witnessed by the many different epistemological theories put forward throughout the ages. This can specifically be seen by looking at 4 different classical views on knowledge, those of Plato, Epicurus, the Stoics and the Skeptics. As it was stated in the opening paragraph of this essay everyone has their own theory of what constitutes knowledge. That is why I think it would be beneficial for me to state what I believe knowledge is. First of all I don’t

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    The Story of Epictetus

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    Epictetus Often times we think of philosopher’s as remarkable, epic and significant people. Typically they would not be thought of as being owned by another human, beaten and used for their talents as someone else claimed the benefits of ones wisdom. However, Epictetus, known for his interpretation of Stoicism, was just that; he was a slave. A famous story is told, while being beaten by his master, who has twisting his leg, Epictetus warned him he would break it if he kept twisting, not only did

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    Australian Bush Poetry

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    herself as stoic, modest and independent. modest, enduring and independent. Regardless of whether Kendall or Lawson’s perspective resonates with you the most, their contrasting beliefs reflect a bipolar Australian identity. Just these two poems can induce us to question: is there really an elusive quality, the ‘national identity’, which connects us all as Australians? Personally, I think not. Rather, Australians may be a combination of Kendall and Lawson’s perceptions: harmonious and stoic, resourceful

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    When asking the question of whether happiness is the most important thing in life, it is important to understand what happiness actually is. Happiness can mean a great many things; financial security, enjoyment in life, a successful career, a loving family, or changing the world or perhaps a combination of these things. However, can those things actually make a person happy? A survey conducted in 2017 says that only 33% of Americans consider themselves happy. That’s up one from 2016 and two below

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    The Last night

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    The Last Night Alain sat at the very edge of the chimney-like opening in the side of the mountain. He placed the arch of his left foot at the bottom of the teardrop loop of his long escape rope. He looked up at the almost motionless shadows of those who had come to help him, or just to say good bye. In the darkness there were only eyes, sad eyes, painful and resolute. Alain had tired and envious eyes, but never regretful of his necessary escape. He knew all the faces that held those eyes

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    Giambattista Vico

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    “On The Study Methods of Our Time” Giambattista Vico was the professor of rhetoric at the University of Naples from 1699 until 1741. A self described autodidact, Vico attested to a “culturally based epistemology” in a time that valued the stoic style of the Cartesian method. While initially written off as an opponent of Descartes’, Vico valued the usefulness the Cartesian method. “On The Study Methods of Our Time” was written in 1709 as an address to his University. As a form of “State of the

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    CANCER WITH ARIES: These two may start like 4th of July Fireworks. However, it won’t last too long as a rain storm will enter just as fast. Cancer puts Aries’ fire out and Aries makes Cancer’s water boil. Cancer is quickly hurt by Aries’ bluntness. Cancer likes protection and the home life. Aries demands freedom to discover. Cancer would like to protect and worship a lover. Aries finds far too confining. When it comes to finances, there could be tension in joint bank accounts. Aries is a

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    Meditations, is basically warning people about being lazy. He claims that laziness causes evil. This is one of the reasons that he was such a great emperor. He was not lazy. Aurelius also argues that humans have to be virtuous. Marcus Aurelius was a man of Stoic philosophy, so he held himself to high virtues, which again, made him a great emperor in history. Clearly, Marcus Aurelius is an important figure in our world’s history because of his Meditations, and he ability to be a great Roman

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    goes on to advise men to content with the land they have and learn to share with their brother. This blends in with Seneca’s original stance on virtue and the argument that one must make best of life with the materials that one has been given. Many stoic philosophers have taken a different approach to virtue and happiness. Homer and Epicurus for instance argue that happiness through desires and virtue are co-dependent suggesting that men with no desires cannot live happy lives. This slightly counters

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    The world has come to know Odysseus as the epitome of heroism. He goes on an epic quest, defeats many foes and, in the process saves not only his life, but the lives of the people he holds dearest, which vividly portrays his gallant character. This quintessential idea of heroism has been imitated by various authors many times since, which has led to the romanticization of Homer’s idea of heroism. Perhaps this idea is best exemplified through two poems, "Ulysses and The Siren" by Samuel Daniel, and

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