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31: Camus Philosophy As Revealed I
In L Etranger, Camus uses Mersaults experiences such as his mothers death, killing the Arab, the trial, and his interactions with other characters throughout the novel to convey his philosophy, which satisfies all principals of existentialism. To convey his existentialist philosophy, Camus uses the death of Mersaults mother in the beginning of the novel. On the first page, Mersault is more concerned about the exact time of his mothers death, and not the fact that he ... reason to mourn for his mothers death, and also conveys the existentialist idea that reason is powerless to deal with the depths of human life. The fact that Mersault shows no compassion ultimately conveys Camus philosophy of existentialism. Also, at Mersaults mothers funeral Mersault does not cry or behave the way that society expects him to act. This is because Mersault is an existentialist, and does not act in the ...
32: The Writings of Cicero
... roman patronage. This observation literally draws a line between the two worlds, that of knowledge and reason opposing that of tradition and sentiment. This illustrated that roman was truly unable to fully accept a Greek philosophy based on knowledge and brotherhood, and a great Roman such as Cicero was similarly unable to accept the stoic doctrine as a whole.3 The philosophy of stoicism originated in Greece, and was based on the order of the universe. Nature to the stoics (universe) was a precisely ordered cosmos. Stoics taught that there was an order behind all the evident ... all men share membership. This interpretation is generally regarded as the early stoic stage, which had yet to experience little roman influence. Upon roman adoption, stoicism went through a romanizing period; an altering of the philosophy to better integrate into roman mainstream. The ideal state of Cicero's; " For I hold it desirable, first, that there should be a dominant and royal element in the commonwealth; second, that some powers ...
33: Pythagorean Philosophy And Its Influence On Musical Instrume
... The Pythagoreans Every school student will recognize his name as the originator of that theorem which offers many cheerful facts about the square on the hypotenuse. Many European philosophers will call him the father of philosophy. Many scientists will call him the father of science. To musicians, nonetheless, Pythagoras is the father of music. According to Johnston, it was a much told story that one day the young Pythagoras was passing ... the regular intervals of sounds from the anvil. When he discovered that the hammers were of different weights, it occured to him that the intervals might be related to those weights. Pythagoras was correct. Pythagorean philosophy maintained that all things are numbers. Based on the belief that numbers were the building blocks of everything, Pythagoras began linking numbers and music. Revolutionizing music, Pythagoras' findings generated theorems and standards for musical scales ... and taught. Instrument makers began a precision approach to device construction. Composers developed new attitudes of composition that encompassed a foundation of numeric value in addition to melody. All three approaches were based on Pythagorean philosophy. Thus, Pythagoras' relationship between numbers and music had a profound influence on future musical education, instrumentation, and composition. The intrinsic discovery made by Pythagoras was the potential order to the chaos of music. Pythagoras ...
34: The Comparisons of Charles Manson to Transcendental Philosophy
The Comparisons of Charles Manson to Transcendental Philosophy Charles Manson and various members of his “family” brutally killed several people from the Tate and LaBianca family on two seperate ocassions. The purposes of these killings are misunderstood by today's society, when ignoring Manson's philosophy. Although Manson never killed anyone, he went to prison in 1969 for masterminding the operation. Today's society has labeled Charles Manson as a mass-murderer who had no purpose through his cause. However, society ... extend to enhance the individual. Both of these ideals were important to the transcendentalists of the 19th century. The belief that the individual, not the government was key to society, was important to the transcendental philosophy. Transcendental philosophy includes sacrament to nature and the individual through a self emanating god. Manson preaches that God resides in him, this proves that Manson has adopted a God within himself, which compares to ...
35: Friedrich Nietzsche's Philosophy
Friedrich Nietzsche's Philosophy Friedrich Nietzsche, a unique philosopher had some very interesting ideas about people’s human values and personality types. In this essay I will explain what I like and dislike about his “Master Morality” & his antithesis ... This to me is the “weak or slave.” There is a whole world out there waiting to be found. Art, culture and nature if they only open their eyes to see it. Like Nietzsche’s philosophy states, “ even the weak have the desire for power.” The weak to me look at others thinking that’s the way to get it. The real root to power is within yourself. In finding yourself ... part in the development in a person. But I think it’s never to late for a person to change or find him or herself. Life is a journey. One last thing that Nietzsche’s philosophy states are that the weak were able to convert the strong or master morality race into thinking like them. This took place early in time when Constantine was in power. This seems to contradict ...
36: Kantian Philosophy of Morality
Kantian Philosophy of Morality Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of actions. This formula is a two part test. First, one creates a maxim and considers whether the maxim could ... of telling the lie is on a case by case basis. In some situations, it might be better to tell the truth, and according to utilitarianism that would then be the moral action. Unlike Kantian philosophy, one is not bound by an immutable universal law. Instead one must judge in each case which action will produce the most overall happiness. The problem with this approach is that morality loses any ...
37: A Comparison Of Macbeth And Cr
... and remorse of Macbeth and Raskolnikov, the idea of a driving force within each character remains evident. Ultimately, William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment present similar aspects of the existential philosophy that examine the thoughts and actions of the two protagonists. The existential principle remains apparent within these works. The themes of existentialism vary, but one main focus is that man appeases himself by acting on ... need to decide how he is to live within this “absurd and irrational world” (Moore & Bruder 504). “Macbeth” employs many existentialist concepts. Macbeth’s murdering of Duncan to obtain his kingship displays a basic existentialist philosophy in that he eliminated his obstacles in order to fulfill his ambition (Gellrich 17). The witches who constantly taunt Macbeth drive him to his ultimate goal (Craig 255). Dostoevsky also employs an existentialist philosophy in his novel. The “set of unconscious drives” (Cox 42) that propel Raskolnikov to commit his crime reveal that “human nature is not entirely definable by its rationality”(Jalava 1). This relates to existentialism ...
38: Kantian Philosophy
Kantian Philosophy Kant wants to avoid the skeptical attack by excluding experience from his judgements. By doing so, he makes an attempt at evaluating moral acts in themselves (a priori), without any prior knowledge (a posteriori). This ... this: to find an a priori morality that did not rely on experience or prior knowledge, rather one that depended on the reasoning of a rational being and the value of its moral actions. Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of actions. This formula is a two-part test. First, one creates a maxim and considers whether the maxim could ... truth is an immoral thing to do. If someone commits an immoral act as a consequence, that has no bearing on the morality of the original action in itself. An immutable universal law binds Kantian philosophy. It agrees with my moral sensibilities to consider that actions are moral or immoral regardless of their immediate consequences. I am willing to accept that sometimes the moral action is harder to perform, but ...
39: Anselm's Philosophy
Anselm's Philosophy Anselm's definition of "God" starts by saying that God is the greatest being we can possibly think of. When Anselm states this, it essentially means that it is not possible to think of a ... get a better understanding of Anselm's theories, I believe the wording needs to be tightened up. When that is done, it brings out many contradicting statements within his theory. In which case, Anselm's philosophy tends to lose much of its credibility. An example of one of these contradictions is when Anselm says "a being existing in reality is greater than to exist only in the understanding. Now if another ... God is a forgiving being, while another may believe that God punishes beings for doing wrong. By Anselm's definition, God can't have both attributes. A final problem that I have with Anselm's philosophy is that he believes that if you can imagine something existing then it defiantly does exist. In the book Anselm's critics state "that someone who does not know the meaning of the word, ...
40: Chinese Shih Poetry And Philosophy
Since the beginning of time, man has sought to explain the world around him. This is called philosophy, a Greek word which means "love of wisdom." However, over the millennia it has come to mean much more. The philosophies of the ancient Chinese people, whether they explain nature or present ways to live ... the court, some in the marketplace." These lines illustrate that for every man there is a place in an organized Confucian society. Taoism, along with Confucianism, is one of the most ancient ideas in Chinese philosophy. The first known Taoist master was the ancient figure Lao Tzu. Perplexed by Chinese politics in his day, Lao Tzu planned to leave Chinese society for the wilderness of western China. But, before he could ... Tzu, who felt that one could use Taoism to rule a just and ordered government. Centuries after T’ao Ch’ien wrote his poems on Confucianism, Po Chü-i added his take on the ancient philosophy. Unlike other Chinese poets, Po Chü-i was very realistic, and very direct; writing not about landscapes and mountain peaks, but about the normal experiences of life. For instance, Sick Leave, demonstrates Confucianism in ...

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