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  • Summary: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

    EGH318: Assessment 2: Impossible and Unnatural Text Worlds in The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ In order to understand and conceptualise all language we encounter, we construct mental representations. These representations; known as text worlds, may be shaped differently depending on the individual, but are a part of how all linguistically adequate people process language. It is these text worlds and how humans make sense of them that is the underlying focus of what has been coined; Text World Theory. Text World Theory is a discourse framework that stems from Cognitive Psychology. With it being a discourse framework, it is concerned with the context’s surrounding text as well as how they’re actually created (Gavins, 2007: 8). In this essay I apply the Text World Theory framework to Mitch Albom’s novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. (FPYMIH) In this novel the protagonist; Eddie dies in an accident and is taken to heaven to meet five people to educate him on his life. I’ve chosen this novel mainly because of the many different text worlds that compromise it. Due to the nature of the text worlds, there will be a particular focus on the impossible and unnatural text worlds within the novel and the effect they have on the reader on how they conceptualise and interpret them. Within Text World Theory, literary theorists have taken influence from a theory originally derived from Philosophy; Possible Worlds. The Philosophical application of possible worlds is described by…

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  • Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend? By Alison Gopnik

    In the essay “Possible Worlds: Why do Children Pretend?” by Alison Gopnik she explains her theory of counterfactual thinking and the result of that being possible worlds. Gopnik suggests that counterfactuals are the possibilities of what could have occurred in life. These counterfactuals are the cause, and the effect is the creation of possible worlds. Gopnik defines possible worlds as “the productions of hope and imagination” (163). Possible worlds are seen as the result of a counterfactual;…

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  • Parmenides Argument For The Existence Of God

    “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could…” --The Sound of Music Thus far into her song, Parmenides would have been in total agreement with Maria. The principle of “ex nihilo nihil” is quite important to his argument about the perfection of the world. It is impossible that the world could be created from nothing, since, according to Parmenides, “what is not” cannot exist. From this premise, he argues that…

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  • Possibility Of Akrasia Analysis

    A dialogue between Socrates and Protagoras has led to the discussion of the unity of the virtues and the possibility of akrasia. While Socrates argued that akrasia is impossible, Plato in the Republic believed otherwise. He believed that one could act against his better judgement through weakness of will. Socrates also stated that all the five virtues discussed in the Protagoras; piety, justice, temperance, wisdom, and courage, are dependent upon each other. On the other hand, Plato disagreed…

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  • The Possibility Of Dasein's Life

    Being and Time (1927) (Dasein’s Possibility of Being-a-Whole, and Being-towards-Death) Martin Heidegger A. Dasein • When it reaches its wholeness in death, it simultaneously loses the Being of its “there” • By its transition to no-longer Dasein, it gets lifted right out of the possibility of experiencing this transition and of understanding it as something experienced • Dasein can thus gain an experience of death, all the more so because Dasein is essentially Being with Others. In that case,…

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  • The Possibility Of Evil Analysis

    Sometimes, things happen beyond our control. The short story, “The Possibility of Evil”, by Shirley Jackson, is about a prideful old lady named Miss Strangeworth. She anonymously sent critical letters out to her town to “rid the town of evil”. Miss Strangeworth is defeated by forces beyond her control when she falls out of love with Mr. Lewis, dropped her letter, and had her roses ruined. She had tried and prevented these things from happening, but the force of fate is beyond her control. Miss…

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  • Possibilities In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

    What possibilities might one face, when facing with different beliefs and opinions from others? Most likely, people will go two ways with this. People will tend to fit in and accept belief and values of others or they will disregard others and follow their own beliefs and opinion. The book Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare shows possibilities for both options along the story. There are many possibilities when enforcing other’s beliefs and values onto one’s self. It’s a sign of…

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  • The Possibility Of Infidelity In Today's Society

    In society, there are even websites that provide opportunities to commit adultery. Some of these websites include the infamous Ashley Madison, Craigslist, and more. Those websites provide potential partners to indulge in adultery with for their own selfish desires and to satiate their hunger. According to Douglas Synder, a psychologist at Texas A&M University-College Station, “We are as a society finally coming to grips with what it means to be faithful. It doesn’t mean just having sex with…

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  • Aquinas Possibility And Necessity Analysis

    Through the Argument of Possibility and Necessity, the existence of God is proven. Possibility is having the tendency to stop existing or being contingent. Necessity is a form from itself, which could not possibly have failed to exist. These two concepts and forms of being and the way they interact represent the existence of God. Thomas Aquinas, medieval theologian and philosopher, asserted and taught Five Ways to prove the existence of God. One argument of these five that I find to be…

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  • Alternate Possibilities Research Paper

    Moral Responsibility In this paper, I will first discuss why the principle of alternate possibilities (PAP) is true by sharing David Copp’s example of PAP and moral responsibility. Then, the argument will be rejected by Frankfurt’s example of a person being neither indifferent nor stampeded by a threat so the person is still morally responsible. Finally, I will show why Frankfurt does not defeat PAP because there are actions that are bigger than the threat being made. To start with, I will…

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