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  • A Universal Perspective On Belief: - 1,897 words
    A Universal Perspective On Belief: A Universal Perspective on Belief: A Response to Pragmatic and Cartesian Approaches to Epistemology By Britta Rempel (*note to reader:I hope this gives all of you struggling with some concepts in Intro to Philosophy a clearer view on how to approach your own paper, please do not plagerise) The approaches given by Pierce and Nagel to the epistemological questions of doubt and belief, though diverse in that they are strictly pragmatist and Cartesian, contain a similar underlying principle. They both serve to show that belief cannot come from any source that appeals to one's feelings or purposes, experiences or impressions. Beliefs must arise from a non-person ...
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  • Computer Intellect - 1,090 words
    ... g to Searle, it has this mind because its brain is complex enough, or in his terms, there is enough water to make it wet (DesAutels Lecture 6-14-00). I would now like to ask, did that bacterial cell have a mind, the one we started with? NO. Did the slug have a mind? NO, it too lacked a brain. Do the cells in a human have a mind? Remember they themselves have no brains, so they cant have mind, but collected together as a whole they do, and the human is attributed with mind. So the question still remains, Can a computer have a mind? It is made up of parts, like the cells that make up a human, and these parts on their own lack mind (like the cogs in a clock. Just as an aside, the clock that ...
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  • Joe Smith - 1,336 words
    Joe Smith Ms. Johnson Period 4 22 May 2000 Suicide Lurks Over the Horizon Many people say that Ernest Hemingways stature within the view of the public has only increased since his death, proving that his work has endured the test of time. In many minds of Americans who are familiar with Hemingway, he was a man of contrast and contradictions. Simply put, Americans have this theory of Hemingway because he stood for rugged individualism through his manly, brutish nature yet he committed suicide. However, in all honesty this notion is false. At first, agreeance with the majority was easy because it seemed logical but after reanalyzing Hemingways works, its definitive that Hemingway conversed wit ...
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  • Joe Smith - 1,387 words
    ... old himself, to have had such a good life. Youve had just as good a life as grandfathers though not as long" (qtd. in Valiunas, 77). Hemingway is literally saying that hes had a wonderful life up until now but theres nothing left in it for him. Its all about the image that he is engulfed in and not about his inner self. Its about a life that must be ended early. In True at First Light Hemingway writes "Hes wonderful and he is intelligent and I dont have to tell you why I have to kill him" (qtd. in 77). Hemingway is writing about himself here even though it appears to simply be the murder of one of his characters. He is wonderful, he is intelligent, but he must die. Hemingway gives his re ...
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  • Lucid Dreams - 1,305 words
    Lucid Dreams "Lucid dreamers report being able to freely remember the circumstances of waking life, to think clearly, and to act deliberately upon reflection, all while experiencing a dream world that seems vividly real" (LaBerge, 1990). In lucid dreaming, people become conscious enough to realize what they are dreaming, and therefore can change the dream they are having. A theory widely accepted by many researchers, is "That lucid dreams are not typical parts of the dreaming thought, but rather brief arousals" (LaBerge, 1990). The researchers came up with the fact that the arousals were frequently happening during REM sleep and this became the platform for lucid dreams. In the late 1970s, e ...
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  • Nuclear Weapons And Defense - 1,005 words
    ... s on many key points, including the desirability of 50% reductions in nuclear weapons. Among unresolved issues were exact procedures for ensuring effective verification of any new agreement and the preferred relationship between strategic offensive and defensive forces. The United States favored the rapid and eventual deployment of nationwide defensive systems, as indicated by its support of the Strategic Defense Initiative. The Soviet Union was sharply critical of SDI. They did not want the system employed because that would have meant losing the arms race. By 1985, the Space Shuttle was conducting missions in space for the SDI program. The 18th Shuttle flight took place on June 17 - 24 ...
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  • Philosophy Nozicks Entiltlement Theory - 1,980 words
    ... oals. Why must we respect such constraints? When a person makes a thing, or finds it unowned and appropriates it, why must others not use it without his permission - no matter how great their need, no matter how such things are distributed? Nozick's answer is that such constraints express the inviolability of other persons; a person is not to be used to benefit others - this would not sufficiently respect the fact that he is a separate person, that his is the only life he has. There is no transcendent social whole for the sake of which individuals can be sacrificed, there are only other individuals. See p. 32-3, 50-1. In effect Nozick agrees with Rawls's criticism of Utilitarianism: in a ...
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  • Robert Lee - 1,283 words
    ... ng the very liberty, freedom and legal principles for which Washington had fought. He was willing to leave the union, as Washington had left the British Empire, to fight what the South called a second war of independence. Lee had great difficulty in deciding whether to stand by his native state or remain with the Union, even though Lincoln offered him the field command of the United States Army. He wrote to his sister,"...in my own person I had to meet the question whether I should take part against my native state. With all my devotion to the Union, and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I had not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, m ...
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  • Scientific Though Forming - 1,657 words
    Scientific Though Forming The arguments about these rival ontological and epistemological views cannot be safely left or judged without first looking more closely at the complex relationship between the general analytical interests of philosophers and the more specific intellectual concerns of working scientists themselves. For the degree to which each view about the reality of scientific entities and facts can carry conviction depends substantially on what branches of science are at issue. As the focus of philosophical attention has shifted historically from one scientific terrain to another, so, too, have the relative degrees of plausibility of these rival positions varied. The formal stru ...
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  • Soldiers Home - 1,114 words
    Soldier`s Home He knew he could never get through it all again. "Soldier's Home" "I don't want to go through that hell again." The Sun Also Rises In the works of Ernest Hemingway, that which is excluded is often as significant as that which is included; a hint is often as important and thought-provoking as an explicit statement. This is why we read and reread him. "Soldier's Home"is a prime example of this art of echo and indirection. Harold Krebs, the protagonist of "Soldier's Home," is a young veteran portrayed as suffering from an inability to readjust to society--Paul Smith has summarized previous critics on the subject of how Krebs suffers from returning to the familial, social, and rel ...
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  • Soldiers Home - 1,051 words
    ... n Also Rises, Brett Ashley speaks of her inner torment--"I don't want to go through that hell again" (SAR 26)--in language that echoes Krebs'. Brett rebuffs Jake. Because of his impotence, Jake and Brett can never fully satisfy each other. "That hell again" suggests both their unconsummated love affair and their suffering from the hesitant and inconsequential encounters they have already experienced. Both Krebs and Brett decline to repeat such experiences. When we consider the intentionality behind Hemingway's intertextuality, we realize that both characters share a deep wound. In "Soldier's Home," Hemingway avoids any explicit description of what happened to Krebs during the war, especi ...
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  • The Mozart Years - 636 words
    The Mozart Years Through the hard times and financial insecurity of a musician in the 1700s, Mozart accomplished his dream of becoming a great musician. Coming from a talentsed family, he spent his life with music. All this started when he was old enough to walk. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized in a Salzburg cathedral the day after his birth; January 27th, 1756. He was born to the Leopold Mozart, a musical author, composer, and violinist; and to his wife Anna Marie Pertl. Only Wolfang and his sister Maria Anna, or Nannerl, survived infancy. Wolfgang was the seventh born child, out of seven children. Wolfgang was baptized under the name Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus. He neve ...
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