Platos idea of desire appears at its very inception stage in the writings of Gorais. At its very nascent understanding, Plato draws a contrast between rational desire that aims at the good and sensuous desire aiming at pleasure. Later on as he progresses through his dialogues, Plato develops a systematic understanding of desire in the Phaderus, Phaedo, Republic and Symposium. His major two accounts of desire are presented in the tripartite theory of the Soul or Psyche in Republic and the...
What is the meaning of life? To that end, what is meant by the meaning of life? Is it the meaning of human life in general, or the meaning of life to each particular person living it? Many people find the question of the meaning of life a religious one. As John argues, our lives could stand for something or be given meaning by a deity just as we give meaning to the words we utter. But, Ken objects, why should we have meaning simply because we were created by God? There is always the question of...
Men who built an American Foundation The Age of Reason was a period that revolutionized the way that Americans live their lives. Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin were both passionate writers during this time. Thomas Paine strongly believed in human rights, and that no government or religion could take away the freedom that man rightfully and naturally deserves. On the other hand, Benjamin Franklin was a self-made man who incorporated hard work and continuous self-improvement into his...
Isn't it strange that atheism and communism are so closely bound to one another, but the two actually have very distinctive meanings? Many people ponder why these two simple words are intertwined as tightly as they are. What initiated this widely known relationship? Why are atheists often asked if they are communists? Understanding atheism is usually an uncomplicated task because most people have already learned about one way or another. As C.S. Lewis stated, "Atheism turns out to be too...
I write to oppose the account that Socrates did not believe gods. This paper sets out to justify Socrates advocacy for truth, the key factor that led to his death sentence during the trial. Apart from the accusers, the judges are also inflexible; they could not make out genuine reason as to why he was arraigned in court. My declaration stems from the fact that the ancient Athenians democracy had no clear distinction between religion and the state. Throughout his trial, Socrates refers to the...
To establish an understanding of Aristotle's ideas about contemplative life, we must first recognize the relations he makes between pleasure and virtue. Aristotle describes the idea of virtue in relation to the soul, separating it into three, the desiring soul, the nutritive soul, and the reasoning soul. To Aristotle, the reason soul is of the greatest importance since that is what separates humans from other living creatures, and it is what is unique and sets us apart, and therefore is the...
  Before we can look at the conflicts of Being vs. Becoming and how it may account for the themes of human ambiguity and ambivalence , we have to establish what being and becoming is. The world about us is imperfect.   It is constantly coming into being and going out of being.   It seems impossible that anything, which really is, should be part of such a world.   When we look at a beautiful girl, we cannot say that either of them is perfectly beautiful.   Yet, there is something beautiful...
In an increasingly complex world, it has become crucial for those searching for knowledge to rely on expert opinion to justify most, if not all, knowledge claims. For example, weather forecasters shape our plans and clothing choices. When mechanics say that a car needs a new battery, we do not ask them to provide the reasoning as to how they came to that conclusion, but simply trust their judgment. Similarly, dentists explain in simple terms what is wrong and what is needed to have healthy...
In a developing and competitive industry monopoly is measured by the potential edge that one has over its competitors every time they make a stand. The progress of such companies lies on the able shoulders of its employees and by the work which they do. Many companies are being created on a brink of ideas or recipes. Companies have resorted to policies of secrecy to survive the market competition. Hence making the employees understand their responsibilities to the company and the companies...
How can we recognize when we have made progress in the search for knowledge? Consider two contrasting areas of knowledge: The study of knowledge also known as the term "Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, origin and scope of knowledge" (wordiq,7). I intend to look at the ways in which it is possible to recognize if and how progress has been made in the search for knowledge. The areas of knowledge I choose to work with are history and the natural...