Materialism

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  • Eric Olson On Personhood

    Personhood Eric Olson, E. Jonathan Lowe, and Lynn Rudder Baker each has different accounts for what a person is. In this paper, I will talk about their points of view on personhood and compare and contrast their ideas while talking about my own account on personhood. Olson believes that we are all animal. As a result a person is matter that has mental features. Matter is a physical substance that has mass and occupies space, as distinct from immaterial substance like mind and spirit. Mental…

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  • Nietzsche And Hobbes: The Ideas Of A True Human Being

    This semester we learned about the competing notions of what a true human being is, but what is a human being? Definitions with the words “homo sapiens”, “speech”, and “living” are bound to come up. Many philosophers have taken it upon themselves to define what it means to be a human being, and although similar in ways, their thoughts differ in many ways as well. Thinkers such as St. Augustine, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean Paul Sartre, and Thomas Hobbes…

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  • Determinism In 'To Build A Fire'

    the power of mother nature , and his choice to venture into the wilderness alone and inexperienced. If he choose to follow his friends rather than go in pursuit of money he would not be in the wilderness alone. Readers correlate the pursuit of materialism as the leading cause to the death of the man , aside from ignorance to protective gear and the environment. How this contrasts to the second version of the story we see that there are slim to no consequences to Tom’s actions that there are…

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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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  • The Breakfast Club Problem Of Identity

    Identity has always been a problem in society. People create terms or stereotypes that become the identity of another individual. The 1985 movie The Breakfast Club showed the effects that stereotypes have on people. The five main characters were coined as a criminal, jock, basket case, brain, and princess (The Breakfast Club). All of these names that are supposed to represent their identity turned out to be wrong. At the end of the movie, the audience saw that every character was more than their…

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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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  • Margaret Atherton's Argument Analysis

    Margaret Atherton does however, explore Berkeley’s argument as one in which is stated reasonably and coherently color does exist as a part of objects, or in other words that “snow is actually white”, and that this theory is better than previous philosophical theory. I will give a summary of her arguments before asserting my opinion that Berkeley’s argument far more beneficial to objectivists than to the whole of color theory In the world of color existing, Atherton describes two dichotomous…

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  • Ancient Hawai I Essay

    The metaphysics of ancient Hawai’i are unique and reflect metaphysics of both dualistic and monistic ways of thinking. As I address that theory in this paper I will be comparing and contrasting the difference in the Western philosophies of Plato to that of old Hawai’i before the coming of the Christians missionaries in 1820. I will also explain the ways in which I found ancient Hawaiians were also similar to Eastern monistic ways of thinking. In both cases, Hawai’i seems to be unique because…

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  • Rene Descartes On Personal Identity

    Personal identity refers to certain properties that make a person feel a special sense of attachment or ownership. Both philosophers John Locke and Rene Descartes had contrasting views about one’s working mind. Descartes believes that the mind cannot be identical to the body whereas Locke emphasizes that our bodies and mind are the same thing. Locke’s ideas on personal identity are primarily focused on memory, whereas Descartes is focused on the “thinking mind.” The thinking mind is our way of…

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