Economic materialism

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  • Materialism In Society

    all attempts of romance and relationships. Attraction to the materialistic things in this song succeeded in showing the glamorous side of materialism, but what if this lavish way of life is only temporary and you are left with nothing but a “penniless” feeling of unhappiness and…

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  • What Is The Theme Of America By Tony Hoagland

    stabbed by his son while gushing out hundred dollar bills. The father exclaims “Thank god—those Ben Franklins were / Clogging up my heart” in order to communicate to his son that his greed and materialism has lead him to an unfulfilled life and if the teacher takes the same road he too will lead an unfulfilling life. This dream of his father widens our perspective as we now have insight on three different generations rather than just the teacher’s and student’s generations. Seeing that the…

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  • Emma Goldman's Interpretation Of Human Nature In Anarchism

    In Anarchism: What It Really Stands For, Emma Goldman states: “Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature”. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, two of the most influential modern philosophers, presumed to speak authoritatively on human nature. They presumed so much so, that each of the philosophers dedicated the bulk of a novel to discussing their interpretation of human nature. In fact,…

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  • Kasser's Relationship Between Pursuing Wealth And Happiness

    In fact, those who pursue wealth -- even if they do so successfully -- are generally less happy than those who do not pursue wealth. What is the cause and effect relationship between pursuing wealth and unhappiness? Interestingly, it is not materialism which causes unhappiness directly, but that unhappiness and materialism are mutually reinforcing mechanisms. He notes that people who have experienced true deprivation are those who, later in life, are the most materialistic -- for example,…

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  • Behaviourism And Functionalism

    functionalist’s ontology. As a result, the concept of eliminative materialism must be brought to attention. Before eliminative materialism is further discussed, however, please note the term “folk psychology” should be defined as the popular common thought among a certain people. An eliminative materialist would claim folk psychology to be “an incomplete representation of our inner natures, it is an outright misrepresentation of our internal states” (339). Historically, our common sense and…

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  • Materialism And Dualism: The Mind-Body Problem

    Materialism states that nothing exists aside from matter, defined as something that occupies physical space and has mass. Materialism argues that the mind cannot exist as an immaterial object, because nothing immaterial exists, thus the “mind” is really the physical brain, and the apparent “consciousness” is just the brain undergoing physical reactions to produce mental states such as processing emotions, problem solving, and visualization, things a Dualist would categorize as the “mind”. A…

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  • How Does Materialism Affect Children

    Youth Attitudes in Response to Materialism that is Promoted by Mass Marketing The age group of 9 to 15, also referred to as tweens, has been highly targeted by companies as a market segment (Goldberg, Gorn, Peracchio, & Bamossy, 2003). As this shift in audience is made, it is important to recognize the psychological effects of mass marketing and consumerism on children. This paper is a summary of a study done that is an demonstration of how materialism influences youth consumer attitudes.…

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  • Essay On Consciousness

    analyse and describe a complex phenomenon it must be reduced to its fundamental constituents. For example, how Biology can for the most part be explained through physics and chemistry, and chemistry to physics, etc. It is through this that the argument of consciousness being an emergent phenomenon arises. Economist Jeffrey Goldstein theorised emergent phenomena as “the arising novel and coherent structures, patterns, and properties during the process of self-organisation in complex systems”…

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  • The Duality Of Good And Evil In Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

    In this philosophical study, an evaluation of the dualistic ideology of “good and evil” will be examined in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. Hobbes effectively defines the skeptical aspects of human nature, which define human beings as a innately war=like and self-interested. These facts define the role of the “passions” in human behavior, which attempt to discern between the appetites and aversions of human choice, which force them to choose between an evil or a good co-existence with their fellow…

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  • Berkley's Argument Essay

    Bertrand Russell begins The Problems with Philosophy seemingly simple, but an complicated question: “Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?” ( Russell 236) This question is the basis of his lengthy argument stating that we, as humans, will always ask if we are perceiving the truth, and will always continue to investigate this matter. While bringing in many opinions of famous philosophers, Russell sets forth an argument made by Bishop…

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