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It is arguable that no two legendary works could be more opposed than Machiavelli's “The Qualities of a Prince” and the United States Declaration of Independence (DOI). There are similarities, strangely enough. Both works focus on the role and obligations of a prince, as both acknowledge such a ruler as...

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John Locke’s philosophy on governance and the right for humans to pursue their own natural rights sticks out more than the philosophies of other political philosophers like Thomas Hobbes. Locke generally held a more positive view on the subject of human nature and believed that people should only be led...

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In any profession, particularly in medicine as seen in Aristotle’s formulation of the virtue ethics theory, there is a need for people practically to exercise ethical behavior, including qualities such as compassion, self-respect, and honesty (Waller, 2011). According to the virtue theory, which address the fundamental question of how a...

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The differences between the pre-Socratic philosophers and those that came after Socrates are so great, that they are usually viewed as two separate periods in the ancient Greek philosophy. While the pre-Socratics focused mainly on understanding the world around, the universe, with Socrates there came an anthropological shift in philosophy,...

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Aristotle was born in 384 B.C in Classical Greece in a town known as Stagira. His father, Nicomachus, died before Aristotle was a teenager. There is no adequate historical information about Aristotle’s mother, Phaestis but it is rumoured that she also died when Aristotle was a child. He was a...

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Regarding the question of how it is possible that, given the same facts pertaining to a discipline, experts may still disagree, it is important to recognize that even the most established facts are subject to interpretation. This is critical because, depending on each expert's viewpoint, the facts may then be...

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An Aristotelian contemplator is a person who is regarded to have acquired a lot of knowledge and what he airs out to different people is the level of experience he has already stored in his mind. Aristotelian contemplator is involved in many situations which requires truth in an orderly manner...

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A solid personal philosophy is important for any nurse, willing to establish and develop as a professional in one's field, provide the highest quality of care to patients and promote their well-being (Marchuk, 2014). My nursing philosophy combines the knowledge of medicine with compassionate and relational attitude towards every patient. ...

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The real nature of human beings often becomes the topic of public and scholarly debates, partly due to the fact that different notions about the true nature of people often become a means of political and other types of manipulations. The humanistic discourse that has come to the fore in...

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Francis Bacon was born in 1561 in England during the period of the English Renaissance. He became a lawyer in London in the 1580s, but he was always very interested in science, particularly scientific inventions and achievements (Bacon et. al. 2000). Bacon was a prominent figure in the humanities who...

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The mind body problem is one of the oldest and most important problems in philosophy. It is a problem which concerned the Ancient Greeks, Descartes and those who followed them, as well as those who now pursue modern philosophy of mind. In essence, the problem is based around the distinction...

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The problem of evil lies in how it is defined. Many people may try to explain evil in concrete terms as a categorical imperative. However, most people agree that what is good and what is evil is relative to the situation; thus, good and evil acts are hypothetical imperatives in...

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The central thesis in Bertrand Russell's The Value of Philosophy is that the purpose, or value, of philosophy is the pursuit of knowledge using criticism to uncover truths. However, philosophy refers to the method of pursuing knowledge, rather than knowledge itself; when a body of knowledge is identified, it then...

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This paper will work to discuss the premise of “the heart” as identified by Blaise Pascal’s claim that “the heart has its reasons which reason does not know.” It will determine what Pascal meant when he referred to the heart and how this concept relates to the concept of intuition....

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The study of philosophy in general is typically regarded as removed from practicality, and because it is generally viewed as intrinsically apart from those concerns which govern behavior and living. Essentially, all philosophy is inquiry, and of a kind focused on virtue, morality, human potentials, and other matters not seen...

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Philosophical discussion considers the terms necessity and possibility as closely related terms with regards to their applications. Possible worlds semantics includes the application of the terms possibility and necessity to mean different aspects of human life. Possibility in this regard is the philosophical term that helps an individual to navigate...

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When Aristotle wrote about virtue, he was writing specifically about the desire for people to find moderation in a life that often encourages them to seek out one pole or another. Life has a tendency to drift toward two extremes. People can find themselves caught in excess. When they are...

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It is worth noting that at the heart of Sartre’s philosophy are two confusing statements, “existence precedes essence,” and the “essence precedes existence.” Therefore, the meaning of the statement “existence precedes essence” would be best understood by first understanding “essence precedes existence.” The Sartre’s statement, “essence precedes existence” essentially means...

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Immanuel Kant is a rationalist, and, as such, he places supreme importance on reason. However, his application of reason to issues of faith and the divine unfolds in interesting ways, given that it is a tendency of the rationalists to collapse into dogmatic reasoning. Indeed, as is well-documented, Kant, as...

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Socrates was a Greek philosopher who generated much controversy among the people of his time. While he raised skepticism among authority figures, he himself made his decisions and formed his ideas on a very strict logical basis. He demonstrated this even unto his incarceration. After his trial, he was imprisoned...

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Within the American paradigm, John Dewey perhaps remains one of the most influential theorists of education. In so far as Dewey, above all in his classic work Education and Experience, stresses the value of what he terms “progressive education” models, which highlight the individual experiences in learning and development, this...

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Voltaire was one of the most impactful writers in French history. Coming up during the Enlightenment and also during a time when the very rich ruled France and Europe with an iron fist, Voltaire had many subjects to write about. Voltaire was an excellent social commentator, and time proved many...

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The thought experiment of Mary’s room, introduced by the philosopher Frank Jackson, has the basic aim of showing that our consciousness and our thoughts as well as other mental activities cannot be entirely explained in terms of physical processes, such as neurological activity in our brain. The thought experiment asks...

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Shortly after earning his medical degree in 1824, Charles Knowlton was serving jail time for illegally using corpses, by whisking them off from their burial sites, for examination. At a time when one of the only methods an aspiring physician could employ to learn their trade was through an in...

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Process philosophy rejects the materialist view of the world according to which the nature of things is comprised of unchanging substances. Instead, he proposes an entirely new idea, according to which, everything that exists around is a sum of events or experiences, and for this this reason, everything around changes...

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