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    pursuit of self-interest. The second chapter within Staplefords’ book “Bulls, Bears, and Golden Calves” discusses the importance of pursuing self-interest both economically and morally. It is through this chapter that a future economists realize how to adapt with self-interest in both areas of ones’ life. The first aspect discussed is the pursuit of self-interest economically. Self-interest is defined as a concern for one’s…

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    Senior citizens who have no children in school can be enlightened by self-interest because a lot of senior citizens had a child who went to school back then; therefore, they sometimes want to relive the moments where they had young children, which can influence their decisions. Senior citizens can be influenced by the comMembers of a civic organization with a community service focused on homelessness can be appealed to self-interest by gaining an opportunity for them to help with playgrounds and…

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    Being fixated entirely on self interest can easily cloud an individual's ability to empathize. The opposite is also true in that constantly empathizing can allow an individual to neglect themselves and prevent them from bettering themselves. Both of these extremes have the potential to result in prejudicial behaviors. Nonetheless, when self interest and empathy are expressed with the appropriate level of restraint, the result has the capacity to be harmonious and the ability to maximize…

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    selfish, if given the opportunity to act on my personal ethical egoism I would, despite the interest of others. Due to the fact that I am acting upon my own self…

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    Enlightened ideas spread through the lower class and eventually spread to the upper class as well. Although rulers were influenced by the ideas of the enlightenment, the philosophy did not completely take over the style of ruling in Europe. Rulers were not ready to lose their power and their people were not all ready to radical change society. Before the French revolution, the world had trouble experiencing such a radical change. Without a guideline and example for change, the people of Europe…

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    In his treatise The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu critiques the enlightened idea that every individual is reasonable and “educable.” Montesquieu states in the first book of his treatise that, “Before there were intelligent beings, they were possible; they had therefore possible relations, and consequently possible laws.” While Montesquieu is not contesting the idea that individuals are reasonable, he is stating that individuals are reasonable according to the physical nature that surrounds…

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         Enlightened despotism is when there is an absolute ruler, in some cases a tyrant, who follows the principles of the Enlightenment through reforms. Permitting religious toleration, allowing freedom of the press and speech, and expanding education are a few main guidelines to being and enlightened despot. Napoleon I is often referred to as one of the greatest enlightened despots. Although, he did not follow the ideas of the enlightenment entirely, he managed his…

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    with the changes occurring around him in Paris. Baldini is very disturbed by the changes taking place in Paris "People reading books, even women”. The new intellectualism and humanism, not to mention the rise of the bourgeoisie, threatens everything that Baldini believes in and values. Baldini represents the ideas of ‘tradition’ and ‘reluctance to change’. This is shown by his disgust at the way Grenouille initially displays his talent for perfumes by mixing Amor and Psyche. In the book, genius…

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    Historians often refer to absolutist monarch Joseph II of Austria (1741-1790) as an enlightened despot due to the numerous social reforms he instilled during his reign. Joseph commissioned countless works of propaganda that showcase his enlightened ideology, yet it is through one of these images that one can also see the ironies that invalidate the possibility of an effective enlightened despot. The authority of a despot relies on his ability to secure his own power, while a true Enlightenment…

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    The person who is seeking the finance is solvent and has a satisfactory financial history can easy get the loan. The bank will provide a set figure that been requested by the business and they will repay the amount over an agreed period of time. In most case the bank will charge 2 percent over their base rate of interest for loans, the bank can decide on the interest rate being fixed or variable. The rate can be increased by the bank if they think that lending the loan is risky. This is mostly…

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