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Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle were each Greek philosophers who had very definitive ideas on education. Their respective philosophies were built on the premise of the importance of education. They believed education was the foundation upon which effective social behavior was developed. In this paper, each of the philosophers will be...

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Socrates, arguably one of the greatest philosophers of all time, was accused, tried, and convicted of not only corrupting and leading astray the youth of Athens, he was convicted of conspiring against the state and the gods of the state. It was not right that he was convicted of all...

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The appeal to authority is problematic from the perspective of reasoning, in so far as there is a problem regarding what legitimizes the authority in question. For example, one could refer to a scientific study that makes a certain conclusion. However, this, firstly, presupposes the validity of the methodology used...

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That democracy in the Greek culture of the 5th century BCE was qualified is a matter of record. The society valued more republican ideals, in that the individual's best interests – and freedom – were perceived as inextricably connected to the well-being of collectives, as in family, peers, and the...

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Throughout the development of his thought about the concept of beauty, Plato is consistent in showing that it is something that exists within a nondiscursive dimension that interacts with, affects and is affected by the discursive. It is a place where the two dimensions are required to meet and their...

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Plato: I’d rather have it stated that knowledge has to be acquired from physical substance. One has to feel the form in order to perceive his or her own environment to construct knowledge. Aristotle: Why would there have to be substantial element in knowledge. It is the mind that perceives...

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In his text “The End of the Panopticon”, Baudrillard writes the following: “Such immixture, such a viral, endemic, chronic, alarming presence of the medium…But we must be careful of the negative twist discourse gives this…from a representative sphere of meaning to the genetic sphere of the programmed signal.” (55) This...

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The study of philosophy, or rather the rational investigation of knowledge, is incomplete without recognizing the considerable influence of the ancient Greek philosophers – Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Known as the three most prominent ancient philosophers, these men laid the foundation for the subject matter – and it is for...

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The so-called 'uses' of knowledge is one of the most controversial topics in conversations which surround the Theory of Knowledge. Some argue that there is such a thing as knowledge for the sake of knowledge and that such knowledge can and should be pursued for its own sake and for...

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The exact meaning of the term “knowledge” and how we understand it in relation to its use on both an individual and on a social level is one of the most important questions raised in epistemology. It is a question which involves almost ways of knowing, as it involves a...

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Introduction Within the human mind, there are a number of cognitive biases that effect the perceptions of real world events, and how the human mind interprets them. The identification of these biases is critical, as their acknowledgement allows for the establishment for compensatory in such situations. Many of such biases...

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Kant’s view on the will as being the subject and author of the law refers to how the human will, while bound to moral codes and human laws in a metaphorical sense, is not physically bound to them; humans can ultimately choose to behave in whatever ways they want, though...

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In these pages, Kant argues for his ethical theory, based on a concept of the good will and how it is rational. Kant here is asking a moral question: what can we say is a truly moral act, a truly moral behavior? For Kant, it appears that this truly moral...

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Erik Erikson (1902-1994) established a fascinating theory concerning human development. His theory surrounded the importance of forming of personality in human beings. He postulated that there are a total of nine stages that a human experiences. At first, his theory consisted of eight; he later added a ninth stage. His...

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Thomas Hill Green was a British philosopher and political leader who discussed liberalism and its limitations that resulted in inequalities between different members and social classes in a liberal society. In some ways, I feel that some type of inequality is inevitable. By nature, human beings have an ego and...

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Aristotle’s conception of virtue within Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most important aspects to this ethical treaty as it is explicitly concerned with determining a definition of virtue and the virtuous act as a foundation for moral philosophy and ethical action. To these ends the following paper will analysis...

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Realism in international relation perspective is an approach that views that global politics are guided by competitive individual interest. It involves determination of facts and coming up with a conclusion using reason. For instance, international policy can be evaluated using political acts and anticipated result of the act. On the...

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This essay is concerned with Jean Paul Sartre's notion of 'responsibility.' It will consider this as it appears in Sartre's most famous work, 'Being and Nothingness.' After giving a short explication of the idea and the importance which it has to Sartre's work in general, I will consider how the...

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Introduction The works of Moses Mendelssohn exhibit the key principles and respond to the central questions of the Enlightenment period. The predominant intellectual movement of the eighteenth century, the Age of Reason, was a new worldview based on understanding of the primacy of reason over faith and application of humanistic,...

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Philosophy as a discipline has a number of different branches that must be understood both in general and by a person who seeks to know more about social science. With this in mind, the four primary branches are logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and axiology. Those that apply most closely to social...

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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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