For a long period of time now, man has always had one question on his mind: where am I from? or how come about being? This is a question several institutions have tried to answer., namely: the science world and the religious world. The world of science believes in evolution whereas the religious institutions believe in creation by a supernatural being. Both parties have tangible evidence to support their claims but they both lack a few things. The religious stand point I am taking is from...
The implication of the view of the self stated in "The Self and Substance Dualism" about the predicament of the central character of "The Lost Soul" is that the owner of the consciousness is immaterial. In beginning of the story "The Lost Soul", the main character couldn't remember his past. He believes that he was probably wandering around before he was taken to jail. He also believes that he is someone of importance and his family is very worried about him. He...
Compare and contrast Hobbes' notion of how all the members of a Common-Wealth are united in one Person (i.e. in the Leviathan or Sovereign) with Rousseau's notion of the "body politic" and the "general will." How are the views of human nature underlying each of these two views of society similar and/or different? How are the forms of government suggested by each similar and/or different? Which of these two theoretical perspectives do you think may be more useful for...
John Locke, the British philosopher and physician, is considered to be one of the most prominent figures of the Age of Enlightenment; he is also sometimes referred to as the Father of Liberalism. Drawing on the philosophical principles of Francis Bacon, his predecessor, and the progress of contemporary natural science with what it could offer philosophy in terms of contributing to its progress John Locke developed the theory of empiricism that had a profound influence on French materialists of...
In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Huxley shows the limitations of technology and power genetically tweaking the citizens. With this use of technology, Brave New World, became a provident of today's society in which there is a critique of people self medicating in order to 'control' their true emotions. Through the use of soma, Huxley critiques a convivial system where the manufacturing of human beings produces humans according to specific social standards. Soma, thus, becomes a metaphor of...
Racist acts in the U.S. have been occurring for many years. It can be dated back to the times of African Americans being slaves, to more recent times like 9/11. Why haven't they stopped? The word racism can mean many different things to many different people. To some it can just be a title on a news article and others the reason a family member has passed. Many believe America is a place where everyone comes together, after all our president is African American. But this isn't true. For...
Descartes had his fair share of opposing philosophers, but one of his main critiques was in the person of John Locke. I do not totally agree with his proposition that only the mind can produce certain knowledge and that our senses are always under the attack of the devil that deceives us. And by that note I will use Locke to oppose the main proposition of Descartes concerning doubt or the first meditation. Descartes first meditation focused on doubt and how knowledge is innate in us. In...
"Philosophy deals with certain sorts of problems which cannot be solved by, or are no longer regarded as the proper concern of, other disciplines, especially the natural sciences. A more cynical commentator might be inclined to think of the philosopher as the refuse-collector of the intellectual world, picking up the many problems discarded by workers in other fields. But think what would happen to a civilized society, if there were no dustmen!" Anthony Harrison-Barbet. We will begin...
Have you ever experienced meditation? That question might be answered differently nearly everywhere you go. Why did meditation even begin? What is the purpose of meditation? Meditation and altered states of consciousness in general began in ancient times where primitive hunters stared in to the flames of fires. Over thousands of years meditation has evolved into a structured practice. Tantric meditation was developed by tribes in India as an expression to better understand the conscious...
Repealing the Death penalty. When reading the Papers, Listening to the Radio, and Watching the Local News on the Television, unfortunately we constantly are flooded with news of Rape, Murder, Homicide, and other related disaster. There are still a lot of things that go on in our society today which I don't agree with such as Abortion, The Death penalty, most especially "The Death penalty". According to the "Death penalty Information Center" 35 States such as, Alabama,...