Philosophy Essays & Paper Examples

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Foucault and Truffaut: Power and Social Control in French Society Both Michel Foucault and Truffaut's depiction of a disciplinary society are nearly identical. But Truffaut's interpretation sees more room for freedom within the disciplinary society. The difference stems from Foucault's belief that the social control in disciplinary pervades all elements of life and there is no escape from this type of control. Foucault's work deals mostly with "power" and his conception of it. Like Nietzsch

Philosophy is a subject that can take many twists and turns before it finds an answer to a general question. Sometimes, an answer is still left unfound. Philosophy, in its broadest terms, can be described as the systematic pursuit of knowledge and human excellence. What we are concerned with is knowledge. Many people have theories of knowledge. Amongst them, there are two we will be looking at, Descartes and Plato. We will examine Descartes' epistemology in Meditations on First Philosophy and Pl

AN UNEXAMIND LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING "The unexamined life is not worth living." (Apology, p. 41) Socrates held him self up to this standard by allowing the courts to take his life because they would not allow him to continue his quest set forth by the Oracle. An unexamined life would be just coasting through and not making any decisions or asking any questions. Socrates could not see a point in living if you were unable to ask questions and challenge your way of thinking. An examined life

Plato vs. Materialists Plato was concerned with Epistemology. Epistemology deals with the possibilities and limits of human knowledge. It tries to arrive at a knowledge of knowledge itself. It tries to answer such questions as: Is the world as people perceive it the basic reality, or do people perceive only appearances that conceal basic reality? Knowledge may be regarded as having two parts. There is, first of all, what one perceives using the five senses. Next there is the way these p

Social Darwinism is an adaptation of the theory of national selection by Charles Darwin, adopting it into the context of social, political, and economics issues. The concept of Social Darwinism was coined by Herbert Spencer, a 19th century philosopher. In the simplest of terms, Social Darwinism follows the intonation “the strong survive”, which is then applied to human issues. This theory was mainly used to promote the impression that the white European race wa

David Hume is an eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher who is known for his skeptical theories. One of which pertains to the existence of “self” or personal identity. Using an empiricist approach, Hume comes to a conclusion that the entity we call “self” is actually non-existent. This controversial proposition is, to some extent, believable if one immerses in the same introspective process the fam