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Existentialism, philosophical movement

Existentialism, philosophical movement or tendency, emphasizing individual existence, freedom, and choice, that influenced many diverse writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Because of...

Where Is The Meaning Of Human Existence Located

The word philosophy comes from Greek and literally means love of wisdom. Webster dictionary defines philosophy as a critical study of fundamental beliefs and...

The empirical/rational and formal/material

Kant starts off making two distinctions regarding kinds of knowledge, empirical/rational and formal/material. Empirical or experience-based knowledge is contrasted with rational knowledge, which is...

Augustine and Freedom: Some Tentative Philosophical Reflections

Evil-doing is neglect of eternal things and love of temporal things to the extent of becoming subject to them. This is done by the...

Substance Dualism Essay

I believe that the popular or "ghost in the machine" form of substance dualism best solves the mind body problem. My views in this...

The Transcendental Movement of 1830s

In 1830, a movement known as Transcendentalism began to gain popularity in America. Representing an idealistic system of thought, "strength, courage, self-confidence, and independence...

A Philosophical Rationalism

Strongly influenced by the rise of modern science and by the aftermath of the long religious conflict that followed the Reformation, the thinkers of...

Sam Vaknin’s Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web Sites

"The new narcissist is haunted not by guilt but by anxiety. He seeks not to inflict his own certainties on others but to find...

Three Sweeping Reforms

Of all the questions posed to the class only one question really made me think. Socrates had a grand ideal for a city of...

Kant: Goodness Essay

The philosopher I used is Immanuel Kant. He was very practical in his thinking of goodness. A quote of his was "I ought, therefore...

Aesthetics – The Analysis Of Taste And The Analysis Of Sensible Cognition Or Intuition

Kant defined aesthetic as both, “the analysis of taste and the analysis of sensible cognition or intuition” (1). Aesthesis, means “sensation”, the Greeks made...

Existentialist Movement Essay

Existentialism is a philosophical movement that developed in continental Europe during the 1800s and 1900s. Most of the members are interested in the nature...

Comparitive Philosophies And Religions

Life in ancient times was full of risks and uncertainty for those people living there. Much trust was put in the unknown, but as...

Kant: The Humanity Formula

Few formulas in philosophy have been so widely accepted and variously interpreted as Kants injunction to treat humanity as an end in itself(Hill, 38)....

Aristotle’s philosophies essay

Aristotle was born in 384 BC. ; with him came the birth of Western realism. He was a student of Plato and a tutor...

The Six Orthodox Schools Of Philosophy

In India there are six orthodox schools of philosophy which recognize the authority of the Vedas as divine revelation, and they generally function as...

Philosophy: Life After Death Analysis

Nobody likes the idea that we are going to die. It’s one of those things that pop into your head whenever you get comfortable,...

Empirical Knowledge Essay

Kant starts off making two distinctions regarding kinds of knowledge, empirical/rational and formal/material. Empirical or experience-based knowledge is contrasted with rational knowledge, which is...

Descartes Philosophy Essay

From Descartes' perspective, nature is a representation of God; therefore, God must intrinsically exist, inasmuch as he, too, is a product of His own...

Confucianism, the philosophical system

Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius, who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC, dominated Chinese sociopolitical life for most...

G.W.F. Hegel

Imagine studying the political and social developments of the 20th century without ever considering Communism or evaluating the idea of Fascism. Envision a Russia...

Hume vs. Kant On the Nature of Morality

From the origin of Western philosophical thought, there has been an interest in moral laws. As Hume points out in the Treatise, "morality is...

Philosophy: A Comprehensive Definition

The word philosophy, by definition, is extremely vague and ambiguous. It can be related to anything to do with thought, perception, and even basic...

Sartre`s Existentialism Essay

Jean-Paul Sartre . . . the name is one of the most popular in modern philosophy. But who was he? What did he write...

Freud Foucault And Society

Aristotle once stated in Metaphysics that, "All men by nature desire Knowledge. " If one accepts the claim that knowledge is power, then it...

The One Truth of Reality

The one single truth of reality is not measured or distinguished -- it is the ultimate paradox. The journey by which one achieves this...

What general maxim does Hume state in II of Enquiry

According to Hume, what is the "justest and most plausible objection against a considerable part of metaphysics" (1, p. 5)? According to Hume justice...

The Metaethics of Ayn Rand and Objectivism

Despised by academics, passionately loved by her followers, Ayn Rand, the novelist-philosopher, has evicted the whole gambit of emotions and responses. Her work has...

Kants Principals Essay

In the Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals, the author, Immanuel Kant, tries to form a base by rejecting all ethical theories that are...

Transcendentalism – Philosophical Movement

A literary and philosophical movement called transcendentalism developed in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. This movement is a...

History Of Nature And Nurture

Nature vs. nurture has been discussed by philosophers in the past and by scientists most recently. Philosophers such as Plato argued that all knowledge...

General Philosophy Essay

Many people lose sight of what is important when determining what a good person TRULY is. What most people would consider to be a...

American Transcendentalism

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to from only essential facts of life, and see if I could not...

Existentialism, The Title Of The Set Of Philosophical Ideals

Existentialism is the title of the set of philosophical ideals that emphasizes the existence of the human being, the lack of meaning and purpose...

Confucianism, The Philosophical System

Confucianism, the philosophical system founded on the teaching of Confucius, who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC, dominated Chinese sociopolitical life for most...

Human Nature Essay

Human nature is the egotistical behaviours that drive the human race to be creative and inquisitive. Although some philosophers may disagree with the validity...

A Civil Rebuttal

Philosophy -- a:pursuit of wisdom. b:a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means. Through this...

The Parmenidean Paradox Of Motion

Philosophical thought begins with the Milesians, where intellectual curiosity propelled thinkers like Anaximander and Heraclitus to attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe...

My philosophy

Education is inevitable. It is all around us because we can learn from virtually anything. When you are cooking, dancing, talking or any other...

The Stranger. Camus’s Philosophy of Freedom and Death

In The Stranger, as in all Camus works, Camus views on freedom and death one dependent on the other are major themes. For Camus,...

A French Philosopher

Are computers and the Internet redefining human identity as people explore the boundaries of their personalities, adopt multiple selves, and form online relationships that...

Laughter In Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. What...

What is Taoism?

Taoism is one of the two great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China. The other philosophy native to China is Confucianism. Both...

David Hume “A Treatise of Human Nature’ vs J. B. Schneewind ‘Modern Moral Philosophy

From the origin of Western philosophical thought, there has been an interest in moral laws. As Hume points out in the Treatise, "morality is...

Comparing Hal and Henry’s Models of Statescraft

To compare the difference between King Henry and Prince Hal's style of statecraft, first we have to understand the basic philosophy of each. The...

Examination of Puritan Philosophy in Bradford’s “On Plymouth Plantation”

The Puritan people first came to the New World to escape the religious persecution that hounded Non-Anglicans in England. They established the Plymouth Colony...

Taoism – Classical Chinese theory of mind

Classical Chinese theory of mind is similar to Western "folk psychology" in that both mirror their respective background view of language. They differ in...

Freedom and Reason in Kant

Morality, Kant says, cannot be regarded as a set of rules which prescribe the means necessary to the achievement of a given end; its...

Human Values And Ethics vs. Philiosophical Ethics

They had discussed it, but not deeply, whether they wanted the baby she was now carrying. I dont know if I want it, she...

A Case Study of Soft Determinism

Most often, philosophers attempt to prove their many theories by making use of several examples or analogies. Yet, it is through these clever, everyday...