Leonard Cohen’s Song “The Future” The Philosophy Behind His Lyrics Leonard Cohen, famous songwriter, wrote a song that has a disturbing yet tragically realistic prophecy of the future of human civilization. His lyrics present a model of the effect of the demise of dualism and the rise of postmodernism in today’s American society, as well as cultures around the world. How should the Christian community respond to the collapse of modernity in a world so full of hopelessness? Cohen’s song, titled “
Philosophy Theology In Mass Media This semester in the Mass Media In Society class has taught me a lot about how I, and society as a whole, view various forms of media. Every individual takes something different from media that is personal to him or her, and can never be fully understood by another. Everything will affect people differently, especially when raised with varying backgrounds and moral standards. Mass Media can be defined simply as any form of print, electronic, or performed source
Plato Augustine Philosophy Plato Augustine There are many great philosophers that have passed through the ages, but none more intriguing than Plato and Augustine. These two men have very different views, yet are similar on many levels. Their ideas on death, the spiritual realm vs. the physical realm, and an added preference for the spiritual are aspects in which these two philosopher’s views of reality are similar, yet insufficient biblical models. To both Augustine and Plato, death is a release
Psychological Egoism Psychological egoism is the view that people are always selfish. When was the last time you did a good deed? Did you do it for its own sake, or for your own? The egoist says that all of us are necessarily self-regarding. I shall argue that this view is incorrect. First we should ask, what kind of claim is this? Is it an a priori claim, or a generalization from experience? If it were the latter, we could never conclusively prove it: we could never show that necessarily all a
Does God Exist? Introduction We live in a world where millions doubt the existence of God: a world of science and technology in which people only accept what they can prove. Why do these people doubt him and why do others believe so fervently? People have many varied reasons in believing in God. Some need the faith as a comfort to help them in times of loneliness or sadness. For others it gives a sense of purpose or perhaps a pattern on how to live their lives. However for the majority it is an
SCHINDLER'S LIST Date of publication: 12/15/1993 For cast, rating and other information, (click here) By Roger Ebert Oskar Schindler would have been an easier man to understand if he'd been a conventional hero, fighting for his beliefs. The fact that he was flawed - a drinker, a gambler, a womanizer, driven by greed and a lust for high living - makes his life an enigma. Here is a man who saw his chance at the beginning of World War II and moved to Nazi-occupied Poland to open a factory and emplo
Right Realism What relationship is there between Right Realism and bio-social explanations of crime. Right realism, also known as ‘Neo Conservatism’ is more prominent in the USA than Britain. It is not in itself a discrete theory, but a largely conservative theory which arose in opposition to strain and labelling theories. One common theme of right realism is that crime, responsibility of individual citizens and families are all inter-related, marking the resurgence of interest in conservative c
Understanding organizations Part I: The summary of the course “Understanding organisation“ (the answer of question n° 2) Understanding organizations is a very important issue to cover and to study, especially for managers; and as Richard Hagberg said: “Understanding organizations can mean the difference between success and failure in today’s fast changing business environment “, because there is some pillars in every organization which are determinant of the success of the later , such as : “how
Shock Program March 7, 2004 In our era of high criminal activity something had to be done to eliminate the vast over crowding of today’s prisons. A military type boot camp was created to alter offenders’ behavior and deter them from any future criminal activity. This program is said to provide a therapeutic environment and meet the needs of offenders that can still become lawabiding citizens. The Shock Incarceration Program meets those needs and at the same time meets its goals which are reduc
The Distinction Between Etiquette Morals Philosophy 62: Ethics 2/22/1999 Consider the following hypothetical situation: you are preparing to travel on a long journey with a single companion. You have a choice of two companions. The first is quite mannerly, charming, handsome and courteous. However, she has one serious flaw: she is a kleptomaniac, and steals your most valued possessions during the course of your travel. The second is constitutionally morally impeccable. However she also has a maj
THE LIFE OF PLATO Plato was born in 427 B.C. into a wealthy family that was both aristocratic and politically influential. His family had a rich history of political connections and consisted of his parents, Ariston and Perictione, his older brothers Adeimantus and Glawcon, and later a younger sister, Potone. “In keeping with his family heritage, Plato was destined for the political life”(Beavers and Planeaux). During Platos early years he was instructed by eminent teachers in grammar, music, a
The Ontology of Gay and Queer Homosexuality: History, Politics, Ethics April /2001 Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………………….. p. 2-4 Definitions and Genealogy of Homosexuality……………… p. 5- Genealogy of Ontology………………………………………. p. Coming Out of the Closet: Conversion and Inaugeration or Integration……….. p. Genetic Ontology, Social Artifice and Orientations………... p. Conclusion: The Sexual Tower of Babel and Politics of Ontology………………………………. p. -Introduction- In recent years, the gay commu
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder 4 March, 2001Thesis Rough Draft Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is characterized by a preoccupation with details, orderliness, perfection, and control. People with this disorder often devote excessive amounts of time to work and productivity and fail to take time for leisure activities and friendships. They tend to be rigid, formal, stubborn, and serious. This disorder differs from obsessive-compulsive disorder, which often includes more bizarr
To LOVE is a DECISION I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee there'll be one day when one or both of us would want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I do not ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life 'coz I know in my heart, you're the only one. Everybody was sighing as we watched Julia Roberts say these lines to Richard Gere in an unromantic setting the balcony of a building in bustling New York City in the movie Runaway Bride. A few scenes before that, it was
Volkswagen The largest European manufacturer is Volkswagen with some 15 per cent of the market. The company has been on an aggressive acquisition trail for a decade and now produces and sells more cars than any other European company. It is certainly interested in the future of the Bavarian carmaker BMW. Ford, Volkswagen, Renault, BMW and others are all engaged upon strategies to improve their value chain and reduce supplier numbers. o Focus on less direct benefits o Spent $30 million on environ
War: The Great Funeral Philosophy 101 In war, victory should not be celebrated but mourned. When many people are killed they should be mourned with the deepest heart-felt sorrow that we can summon up. The death resulting from a war should be observed as a massive funeral for those who died regardless of whether they were on one side or the other. Human life has been taken and all human life is precious. Those we have killed we should mourn for along with those of ours that have been killed. The
Wealth, Poverty, and Economics in Proverbs Job and Proverbs April 3/00 Box #260 Wealth, poverty and economics has been one of the main areas of human interest and investigation over the last three hundred years. Beginning in earnest during the enlightenment period of Europe, economics and wealth has been studied thoroughly and aggressively. Often times, this debate has produced great ideological and polemical debates, even wars and revolutions.[1] Indeed, man has been increasingly described and
Why Do the Philosopher Kings Rule? According to the Republic, written by Plato, this philosopher's definition of justice and morality in a community involves each of its three constituent classes doing its own job. The classes consist of the workers, soldiers and protectors, and the rulers. They are all set up in a social hierarchy where the philosopher kings rule over the rest of the classes. The reason the philosophers are the highest social class and are the ones who decide how the society i
William H. Taft William H. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15, 1857. His father, Alphonso Taft, was a lawyer who later served as secretary of war and as attorney general in President Ulysses S. Grant’s cabinet and then as ambassador to Austria-Hungary and Russia. Alphonso Taft’s wife, the former Louise Torrey, wrote of her son William a few weeks after he was born: “ He is very large of his age and grows fat everyday.” The words were prophetic, for Taft as an adult weighed three h
Patristic Views on Gender and Women Patristic History and Thought December 6, 2000 Women, gender, and the roles given or expected to play, have been of great debate throughout human history. In the last century, western society has undergone a dramatic shift in their understanding(s) of women. Women now have the vote, property rights and other important legal protections. Besides these legal guarantees, social attitudes and norms of the feminine have also changed. A women’s place is no longer “b
Gender Roles of Women in Post-WW I Britain and France and the Effects of the First World War Thereof European History: 1890-1939 UCFV June 31/99 The First World War was a tumultuous time for Europeans of all countries. The war ravished many of the social institutions of European society, including: the family, gender roles, economic structures, and the work place. The nature of “total-war” would change European society forever, creating the modern women of the 1920’s and the subsequent gender w
Dogma In the American Heritage Dictionary defines Dogma is a doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church. In the movie “dogma”, Bartleby and Loki who are two renegade fallen angels, debated about the unfairness of God. Bartleby said that he (God) gave humankind a choice and they choose to acknowledge God or they choose to ignore him. Therefore, a lot of philosophers came down in the world such as Buddha from I
Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians Steve Reich is a leading pioneer of Minimalism. Though he creates such detailed work that could place him among the elite composers of his time, he expressed his struggles as an artist. One of his major works, which he believes to be one of his best, was Music for 18 Musicians. This piece was a landmark for Steve Reich because of its simplistic instrumentation, structure and colors produced. Many non-musicians as well as musicians enjoy listening to Music fo
The Renaissance Era Historical Events 1500 – 1600: DL: African Slaves are taken across the Atlantic to work on sugar plantations – 1510. ED : University of Valencia founded – 1500 RP : Ahmed ad Mansur leads Moroccans into a battle against the Songhai – 1500 VA : Nuts and Bolts are first used in Europe – 1550’s. M : William Shakespeare is born – 1564. PH : Elizabeth I begins her reign as Queen of England – 1588. ST : The First toilet is invented – 1589. LT: Sir Walter Raleigh born - 1552 PH : Pol
Progress The idea of progress is the revolutionary new idea that came to Europe in the mid 18th century. It was the concept of using knowledge to improve the conditions in the world for people. Frances Bacon used the idea of utilitarianism, that all actions should be directed toward achieving the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. This goes along with the idea of progress, and always working to make things better for everyone. At first, this concept was seen as blasphemous. Th
An exploration of why Hamlet delays the act of revenge Hamlet is a human being, and he is an emotional human being. He feels guilt, remorse and has responsibilities, yet at the same time he feels pride and a sense of duty. He is quick, in Act one, scene five to take on his role of avenger “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge.” Hamlet is passionate about his role and swears to “wipe away all trivial fond records” and to so
Huckleberry Finn and Transcendentalism Hour 1 Huck Finn Persuasion Most people gain knowledge through life experiences, not through schooling. Huckleberry Finn was written twenty years after the Civil War, by Mark Twain, about the everpresent struggles to overcome oppression, racism and society. Throughout the novel, Twain uses the views of Transcendentalism to describe and account for Huck’s mistakes, actions, and sentiments. Transcendentally, Huck deserves praise at the end of the novel, beca
The Incongruence of the Lover and the Soldier in Othello Shakespeare It is often the case that the themes of Shakespeare have everyday practicality and such is the case of Othello. From the initial introduction of Othello, he is characterized as a brave and honorable soldier. He notes, “My service I have done the signiory… I shall promulgate- I fetch my life and being/ From men of royal siege, / and my demerits.” (I, ii, 19-22) But as we see, the norms of militarism are incongruent with those of
Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a play about death, deceit, and corruption. At the center of all this is Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. As the play progresses, their relationship changes dramatically as a result of how each of them handles their emotions following King Duncan's murder. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is a strong, domineering person. She seems able to coerce Macbeth into doing things that he would not do on his own. She seems willing to tr
‘The Outsider’, Albert Camus What was the ‘game’ which Meursault refused to play? Discuss. The novella ‘The Outsider’ written by Albert Camus is a story about Meursualt, an existentialist who lives life by a theory which emphasizes the importance of being an individual, enjoying life by appreciating each day as if comes and does not believe in scientific principals. Meursualt also lives life by the philosophy of the absurd which considers existence as meaningless, chaotic and random. By refusin
What do you think have been the main themes of Russian writers in the 19th Century? All media forms, be they written or audio-visual reflect ideologies and themes of the era in which they are produced. 19th century Russian Literature similarly presents a pattern of themes and ideologies, relative to the social circumstances surrounding their creation. Many themes running through the Russian literature of this period parallels with the social change and political conflict of the time, bringing su
AUGUST 1998, SPEECH AT MARCUS GARVEY'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION In my opinion, Marcus Garvey was the greatest organizer of Afrikan people ever in the western hemisphere, meaning the Americas. The only person who has come close since is Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and if he continues he may exceed Garvey. Marcus founded and led the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1914. At its peak it had over 2 million members worldwide, 700 chapters in the united states, 74 chapters i
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass To the general public slavery is known as a wicked and pitiless practice that has long since been abolished. However, to many other poor souls, slavery has had a much deeper impact on them. There are many accounts having to deal with slavery and its evils, yet The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself is by far the most powerful account in illustrating the evils of slavery through the eyes of the enslave
Questioning Where Thomas Jefferson’s Immortality Lies History Writing Assignment John F. Kennedy once described a White House reception for Nobel laureates as the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. Thomas Jefferson was a man noted not only for his great intelligence, but also as a man who believed in the rights of the people to govern themselves. As one
The Historical Importance of Laura Bassi In a time when it was considered an impressive accomplishment for a woman to have an education, Laura Bassi earned a doctorate and became a university professor1. She worked with unrelenting determination to achieve her goals and be treated as an equal in her field. Bassi, who was born on October 20th 1711, did not try to impress or fit in with any particular group. She managed to raise 12 children in addition to her professional duties2. She is an import
1ÜüWorking With Drug Addicts There are a myriad of attitudes concerning drug addiction, and drug addicts. (From here on we will refer to persons addicted to drugs and/or alcohol as one group: drug addicts.) Unfortunately, there are still those who believe this condition to be the result of poor judgement, or perhaps a flawed character. The consensus among modern health care professionals, including the American Medical Association (AMA), is that drug addiction is a disease. Theories concerning i
Aristotle’s Ethics and Its Impact on Women 12/4/03 Aristotle deviates from the metaphysical views of previous philosophers, including his beloved teacher Plato, that state that the purpose of human life lays beyond this world. Instead of this doctrine, Aristotle argues that the purpose of human life lies only within this world. Because Aristotle held this belief, he argues that one must make the most out of his life. To do so one must live the best possible life. Aristotle believed that knowing
The Modern Values of Midpointery: A Plea for Conversation Philosophy 379A January 9, 2004 In the present age, audiences are not hard to be found, but rather the people that seem to be scarce. To the Single Individual, When you first started me thinking about this project, there were so many different possibilities I could have followed. The writings of Kierkegaard inspired and moved me in ways that I hope no college student ever graduates without, and I wanted to write you something that includ
Augustine on Time Book XI of the confessions deals with the nature of time. St. Augustine begins his inquiry of time by questioning its connection to God. Augustine seeks to answer the question: If God is eternal, how can he live exist in a time bound universe? Augustine solved this problem by stating that God does not exist in time. He argues that God created time when he created the world, and that only humans can conceive of time. Thus, according to Augustine, God lives in a different world w
The Great Chain of Being History of Science 333 Most of the concepts about the nature of living things in the early modern era were derived from the writings of Aristotle. Aristotle wrote about the concept of distinct types of organisms that could be distinguished from all the rest. Aristotle was interested in much more than the biological world, and attempted to build a theory of the world as a whole. As part of this theory, he believed that all of nature could be seen as a continuum of organiz
“I Just Want to be Happy” Philosophy has many aspects and topics it covers, but one specific philosophy is that of existentialism. Existentialism is a philosophy that is applied to everyday life, and how to live it. With existentialism, people can find better ways to be happy, such as in the “Myth of Sisyphus”, which is an essay written by Albert Camus. It is a very modern philosophy, yet rejected by society, only because it is misunderstood. Existentialism is a modern philosophy that developed
Confucian philosophy of government January 23rd, 2004 HIST 534-Modern Chinese History Confucius was a non-European philosopher, as well as a teacher, who was born in the village of Zhou in the country of Lu. He was a very wise Chinese philosopher. He was born 551 BC and then died 479 BC. He made a lot of theories about life, the law and the government. He believed philosophy to be the rules that you should follow in order to have a successful life. He did not let this stop him from getting his e
Descartes Descartes is famed by is familiar notion, I think therefore I am (Cogito, ergo sum.). It is a conclusion he has reached in his second meditation after much deliberation on the existence of anything certain. After he discovers his ability to doubt and to understand , he is able to substantiate his necessary existence as a consequence. What we doubt or understand may not ultimately correspond, but we can never be uncertain that we are in the process of thought. This idea is a major compo
Descartes’ Method of Doubt and Proof of Self-existence In his Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes looks back on his life and realizes that a great number of his opinions have been false. Subsequently, the knowledge he has built up over his life must also be markedly false, seeing as it is based upon such incorrect opinions. He resolves to restart his quest for knowledge from the bottom, building a philosophy to be the foundation upon which all further intellectual
Ethical Relativism Standards of right and wrong are the mere products of time and culture. Morality is a neutral concept - there is no such thing as an absolute right or wrong. Instead, morality is defined by what is 'good' or 'bad' in a given society, by the social norms. What held true twenty thousand, two thousand or even two hundred years ago may or may not hold true now. The human race has grown and continues to expand; our technology, culture, customs, and laws constantly change and evolve
“Good Will, Duty, and the Categorical Imperative” By Immanuel Kant 5/15/04 Ethics Immanuel Kant is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He made significant and highly original contributions to ethics, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of religion as well as to ethics and epistemology. In his writing “Good Will, Duty, and the Categorical Imperative” Kant says “to possess moral worth is more important than to possess intelligence, humor, strength, or any other talent of t
Plato's The Theaetetus Man is the Measure of All Things, of the Things That Are, That They Are, and of the Things That Are Not, That They are Not. ******** Each and Every Event is For Me as it Appears for Me and For You as it Appears for You Philosophy 290-29B April 1, 2004 In this paper I will examine the discussions between Socrates and Theaetetus concerning Protagoras' proposal that man is the measure of all things, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Philosophy 103D Hume argues that it is beyond human understanding to know the causes of events, even the everyday ones that ordinary people think they know. There are indeed many things of crucial importance that are beyond our thought patterns. What we believe to be genuine information, actually rests upon our belief in matters of fact. Such beliefs can reach beyond the content of present senseimpressions and memory, Hume held, only by appealing to pre
Life, the universe and everything else before and after Darwin In the beginning was God. And everything was simple and easily comprehensible. You had God to worship, the Ten Commandments to follow and nothing to worry about. Because God was responsible for everything and He was supposed to take care for you if you truly believe in Him and pray hard enough. And there were no questions without an answer because everything was encoded in one word – God. And although man knew he was part of somethi
My Philosophy of Education Introduction to Special Education (SED 503) Text: Special Education: Teaching In an Age of Opportunity (5th Edition) My Philosophy of Education There are many words that come to mind when I consider what the purpose of education is, however one word describes it best, DEVELOPMENT. When I become a teacher, I will be responsible for many aspects of a child’s development: cognitive, social, mental, and physical. In order to become an effective teacher, I understand that I