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The sorites paradox is the paradox of the heap, which is that if you have heap of grain and remove one grain, it is still a heap. If you continue to remove the grains one at a time, each time still leaving a heap, then one grain of sand is...

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word beauty is a noun and its first known use was in the 14th century. In Middle English it comes from the word beaut or belt, while in Anglo-French the word bel or beau is used to mean beautiful. In Latin, bellus means pretty....

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Religion The United States is usually considered a religious nation. However, the African-Americans are regarded more religious than any other race in the country. Some of the tenets that have proven their increased inclination to religion include their attendance to the religious services, affiliation to a given creed, their perceptions...

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The questions related to beauty have troubled the minds of the humanity for centuries. Philosophers, artists, and poets have made beauty the subject of their quest. Traditionally, beauty has been seen as one of the ultimate values just as justice, goodness, and truth. Ancient Greeks, medieval philosophers, and the thinkers...

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Restorative justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders, allowing for such offenders to become productive members of society and refrain from criminality and social deviance. Unlike other approaches to punishment, restorative justice is goal-oriented and aims to maximize the positive roles that former offenders fill in society.   Punishment Philosophy...

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Phenomenological methodology is used in qualitative research that attempts to better understand underlying meanings of experiences. It is also used as a means that eventually describes experience from the perspectives of those being interviewed (Wertz, Charmaz, McMullen, Josselson, Anderson, & McSpadden, 2011). Phenomenological methodologies are based upon the philosophical premise...

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In Vilem Flusser’s phenomenological method, one of its key steps is to take something intuitive and everyday and then, in a sense, look at it from a perspective of strangeness and wonder. In other words, the method is primarily based on pushing aside our preconceptions, largely unconscious, which exist, so...

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When Machiavelli wrote, “It is better for a prince to be feared than loved,” (Machiavelli, 54) he was discussing certain aspects of human nature in addition to the role of the leader in society. Machiavelli’s reasoning centers on a couple of critical assumptions. Namely, his logic depends upon the idea...

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The concept of life after death remains one of deep philosophical and religious discussions. Various religions and various philosophies offer different belief systems on the topic. Two forms of life after death include reincarnation and resurrection. In reincarnation, the soul is given a different life form in subsequent lives. In...

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The Sophists were public speakers and talented orators proficient in oral culture. Speech mastery came as a gift to them while they possessed the unique skill of Rhetoric. Public both respected and feared them, while they also received much hatred. Being gifted and skilled they were often prone to rage...

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Many experts note that Confucianism is seen as a system that intended to regulate philosophical and social order, being something beyond important than the religion. Primarily, it aimed to regulate the value system of an average citizen of China, set the cultural and the religious foundations and only then transcend...

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In this section of the Phenomenology of the Spirit, Hegel attempts to further define what he means by self-consciousness and the freedom of self-consciousness by references to historical philosophical schools such as Stoicism and skepticism. It appears that Hegel wants to suggest that these schools represent instances of self-consciousness and...

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Representational realism is one of the most important philosophical theories having emerged from Enlightenment thinking. It provides a means by which the differences between subjective and objective perception can be explained. For the philosopher John Locke, it was a viewpoint that an individual’s sensory perception represents objects that exist in...

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Decartes’ “Discourse on the Method (Part IV) discusses how Decartes sees truths as well as his methods for arriving at truths. Many consider this part of “Discourse on the Method” to be the most significant part of the work. He opens (Part IV) by discounting everything of which he is...

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After the defeat of Napoleon, Russia was firmly entrenched on the international scene as a world power. Although still considered to be rural and rather backward compared to the other members of the Holy Alliance, Russia had begun a shift towards Westernization during the reigns of Peter and Catherine the...

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Background Yamas along with the complementary Niyamas are the Hindu and Yoga philosophies of right living. They serve as ethical rules, moral imperatives, and goals. In particular, Yamas is a list of things that people should not do according to Hinduism. This way, these spiritual philosophies assume self-control and discipline....

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Introduction As humanity has evolved since the days of Plato and Aristotle, a vast array of political systems have been identified, many of them altered within the processes of the nations holding to them. For example, the originally strict form of Monarchy in England was shaped into something more resembling...

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What does it mean to doubt? For Descartes, it is a rigorous philosophical method. To doubt means: to not merely accept the beliefs systems, the social normativities, the prejudices and the presuppositions with which we are all faced. At the same time, doubt means that we have to reject what...

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Thomas Hobbes, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx were each concerned with the same problem: What was the best form of government for men to live under? Each philosopher believed in a different distribution of power. Figuring out the answer to this problem was crucial for those concerned with...

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To begin with, in Phenomenology of Spirt, Hegel analyses the concept of “self-consciousness” after explaining consciousness in general. Throughout the text, he explains his position on how we develop “self-consciousness”, highlighting that in order to be conscious of an object, one has to be aware of one’s own self as...

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The following paper examines critiques and contrasts the differences between Plato’s Timaeus Aristotle’s On the Heaven and Lucretius’s On The Nature of Things. All of these texts are comprised of a cosmological treaty of sorts which draws from observations on the nature of the universe. Both Plato and Aristotle translated...

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I chose to respond to the text written by Bertrand Russell, The Value of Philosophy. I found that Russell’s writing style was clear and simple. Unlike some of the other texts, I felt as though I came away with answers rather than more questions after reading Russell. Russell argues that:...

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Hegel’s argument that the root of human suffering is found within man’s inability to accept the human reality is grounded in the concept that mankind continuously feels the need and responsibility to exert one’s free will, alienation, and the pursuit to end history through reaching a pure form and the...

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“The Phenomenology of Spirit’ written by an outstanding German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is an important work which reflects the complex system of Hegel’s views concerning the structure and the main peculiarities of conscience from the point of view of philosophy. In this work the philosopher develops his unique...

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1) In general, I would say that I agree with Russell's conclusion, although I would seek to question its validity or its usefulness. According to Russell's reasoning, it is only possible to truly understand the world as it appears to our senses and to our intellectual faculties which are inherently...

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