Allegory of the Cave, Descartes’ Meditations, and The Truman Show

In his Allegory of the Cave, Plato asks us to consider that the world we are living is the equivalent of a cave; in order for us to enter into this “sensible realm” of truth and knowledge we must actively pursue these values. In his First Meditation, Rene Descartes asks us to abandon all preexisting … Read more

Analysis of Albert Camus’ Writing Style

Most of Albert Camus’ writings focus on the philosophy of the Absurd. His main character in the novel, The Stranger exemplifies what an absurd man is and his essay The Myth of Sisyphus takes readers through his reasoning for his belief and the conclusion that he reaches. Camus’ philosophy of life in his opinion is … Read more

Anthropocentric Environmentalism and the Concept

Prompt 1: Anthropocentric Environmentalism According to Genesis, “humans occupy a privileged position in all creation” (DesJardins 98). Naturally, those who subscribed to Western Christian philosophy assumed this position as well, considering themselves the closest thing to the Creator, as they were created in His image. Thus, the Western world blossomed by living without much concern … Read more

Hamlet, the Machiavellian Prince: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Use of Machiavellian Politics

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not simply a morality play surrounding a grief-mad prince; it is a complex study of political maneuvers as described by Machiavelli. “The rules of this politics, Machiavelli’s political science, then, are the choreographed moves, countermoves, and tricks that bring to life the actions of the successful new prince and others.”(Tarlton, 8) Many … Read more

J. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: An Inner Battle

The Universal Innate Struggle Between Evil and Good In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, he discusses the battle between innate evil and goodness present in every human being. Through development of the novel’s characters, Conrad articulates what causes a person to allow either his bad intentions or his good intentions to dominate. By juxtaposing the … Read more

Observing The True Human Nature

Humanity is ever-changing and endlessly fascinating. People of different classes, roles, personalities, and appearances combine majestically to form the human race in such a profound and meticulous way. In The Prologue of The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer portrays humanity with candor and openness when describing all 29 pilgrims he had met on a trip to … Read more

What Is The True Purpose Of Life?

Happiness is one of the most desired goals in life, yet for many it seems to be elusive. It’s easy to take in ourselves into thinking, “When I just have that nice house and new car, then I can be happy.” But in reality, happiness is available to all of us, right now. A big … Read more

The Life of the Founder of Pythagorean Brotherhood

Pythagorean Brotherhood Pythagoras of Samos is the founder of a religion called Pyhagoreanism where he developed the Pythagorean brotherhood (Pythagoras). It is known that Pythagoras made traveled a lot during his life, but he eventually settled down in Croton, Italy (Pythagoras). Throughout his life Pythagoras made discoveries in many fields, including math and medicine. The … Read more

Civil Disobedience in the Arguments of Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Socrates

Selfish Disobedience? Civil disobedience can be defined in a number of different ways: in its most raw form, “civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest because of moral objections to said laws”. While Henry David Thoreau was the first … Read more

Ethics as a social norm

“In the age of information, ignorance is a choice”. A common saying if such, however to say a large majority of people are simply to say a product of their surroundings. A person’s worldviews are dictated by their upbringing, religion etc. That being said not everyone can share the same said benefits. Ignorance can not … Read more

Similarities between Martin Luther King and Socrates

“ Similarities between Martin Luther King and Socrates Throughout history the greatest thinkers were not those who followed the crowd, they challenged why one must follow the crowd? Who decides whether they should follow the crowd? What happens when one doesn’t follow the crowd? These thoughts, challenging the status quo, made them infamous to some, … Read more

Defining the Soul of Oedipus: Sophocles’ Play Alongside Plato’s Republic

Translations of Sophocles’ play are generally interpreted in one of two ways, ‘Oedipus Rex’, meaning Oedipus the King, or ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’, meaning Oedipus the Tyrant. The exact distinction between the two titles is undefined, though through the lens of Socrates’ five characterizations of the soul, the readers can identify what type of man he is. … Read more

A Critique of Discourse on Inequality, a Book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

How would Rousseau’s General Will eliminate the tendency of individuals to distinguish themselves from each other which he had identified in the Discourse on Inequality? In the Discourse on Inequality Rousseau identifies that individuals developed a need to distinguish themselves from others in an unequal manner by the very act of living together. For a … Read more

Significance of the “Myth of Er”

The so-called “Myth of Er” has long puzzled Plato’s readers. Socrates, whose teachings and conversations Plato chronicles, tells the story of Er, who journeyed to the afterlife and came to life again to tell his story. The tale is not found in any source except Plato and is obviously fictional. Earlier in The Republic, meanwhile, … Read more

Aristotle’s Critique of Plato’s Republic

In book two of Aristotle’s Politics, Aristotle defines his ideal state by criticizing the values put forward in Plato’s The Republic. In doing so, Aristotle censures Plato’s idea of state unification through sharing as much as possible, including wives, children, and property. Aristotle counters that Plato’s concept is detrimental to the state’s unity because it … Read more

The Concept of Time

The definition of the concept of time has been related with ambiguities and even contradictions. For instance, time has been described as “time nothing more than the occurrence of events in sequences, on after another” (Olpin and Hessen, 2012, p.167), and “a resource that, when lost or misplaced, is gone forever” (Kerzner, 2009, p.286). Time … Read more

Method of Elenchus

The Socratic method of investigation, the elenchus, is explained by example in Plato’s Five Dialogues. In Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, Plato’s character of Socrates employs the elenchus as a way to challenge interlocutors. If an Athenian claims to be knowledgeable about a subject, Socrates sets out to prove that this knowledge is unfounded. With the … Read more

Stop Killing your Time

We’re all given a certain amount of time, to experience life, to carry out our dreams, our destiny. But we don’t realize that the time bar of our life can only grow smaller from today going forward, let that sink in. You can’t buy time, you can’t grow time, you can’t ask for more time, … Read more

The Significance of the Concepts of Confucianism

Confucianism, being a way of life that can be viewed as a philosophy and sometimes as a religion has been followed by the Chinese for a period of about two millennia. Although the school of thought has been transformed over time, it remains to be a platform of knowledge, the foundation of morals, and the … Read more