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Changing Ideas about Poverty

This 4 page paper looks at the history of poverty in the United States and how its definition has changed over time. A historical perspective is taken. Changes in the welfare program are duly noted. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

King's Ideas about Equality are Superior to Marxist Ideology

This 3 page paper examines the ideas of Karl Marx and Martin Luther King and concludes that the latter theorist's methods and ideas are superior. Several points are made and the philosophers are each looked at in terms of experience and theory as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A Comparison of Economic Ideas: Plato v. Friedman

This 3 page paper examines Plato's ideas about private property through reviewing the Republic and Milton Friedman's free trade concept. The ideas are compared and contrasted and it is suggested that Plato had communist ideals. Friedman is supported as the theorist who is best aligned with contemporary American thought. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Significance of Antonio Gramsci’s Ideas

A 5 page paper which examines the significance and relevance of the ideas of Antonio Gramsci. Bibliography lists 4 sources


This 4-page paper, based on the textbook A History of Economic Theory and Method, discusses the issues of ideas, methods and the concept of pluralism. In addition to outlining the authors' thoughts on these topics, the paper also discusses if these beliefs are valid or not.

Michael Mandelbaum's "The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy, And Free Markets In The Twenty-First Century"

7 pages in length. The United States is built upon a solid foundation of three primary elements: peace, democracy and the free market; to eliminate any one of these factors would remove the synergistic composition that has resulted over the past century. Michael Mandelbaum's "The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century" heralds these three critical components as being the saving grace to a nation that might otherwise not be what it is today without their integrated impact. To Mandelbaum (2004), the manner by which "…peace as the preferred basis for relations among countries; democracy as the optimal way to organize political life within them; and the free market as the indispensable vehicle for producing wealth" (p. Intro) has protected and progressed America is like nothing else in the entire world. No additional sources cited.

“Mystic River” and “Monster’s Ball”: Ideas of Patriarchy

A 4 page paper which examines the male characters in the films “Mystic River” and “Monster’s Ball” as it relates to feminist theories and patriarchal ideas. The work discussed in this examination is “Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics” by Bell Hooks. No additional sources cited.

Kant's Ideas About Knowledge

This 3 page paper examines Kant's premises with the use of his Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. A priori knowledge is discussed along with other concepts. No additional sources cited.

The View of the Sophists as Compared with the Ideas of Plato and Aristotle

This 3 page paper examines the Sophist point of view and compares it with ideas to emanate from Plato and Aristotle. How the different views affect society is the focus of this paper. No bibliography.

Michael Mandelbaum's "The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy, And Free Markets In The Twenty-First Century" - Analysis

8 pages in length. Johns Hopkins foreign policy professor and Newsday columnist, Michael Mandelbaum offers his point of view in "The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century" from a perspective of personal and professional expertise; while some consider his estimation more encouraging than realistic, others appreciate his ability to look beyond the dark cloud looming over contemporary global society and see how peace, democracy and the free market will serve as the three-prong approach to political and social restoration, both domestically and internationally. No additional sources cited.

Tylor and Morgan's Ideas Compared

This 8 page paper refers to The Science of Culture by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and Lewis Henry Morgan's Ethnical Periods. Ideas about humanism and religion are discussed as well as each writer's style. The writings are compared and contrasted for organization, quality and content. No bibliography.

Rousseau's Ideas on Democracy

This 5 page paper focuses on The Social Contract and how Rousseau saw democracy. Representative versus direct democracy models are discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

What ideas made Nazism attractive to millions of Germans?

A 4 page overview of the manner in which Nazi ideology overtook a people. The Nazis spread an ideology which, although we recognize as deleterious today, seemed to many to be a prudent address of the situation which they were confronting. That ideology centered around the decimation of the Jewish people. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Radical Ideas in Early America

This 8 page paper provides an overview of the ideas to come from the American Revolution as well as ideas which preceded it, such as those which sprang from the Enlightenment. Also discussed is the period shortly after the revolution and more briefly, contemporary American society. The radical nature of the early American ideas is explored. Theorists such as Thomas Paine and John Locke are emphasized. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Ideas on School Restructuring (Article Review)

This 3 page paper actually reviews a summary of a report that provides ideas on school restructuring. Specific components of restructuring are critiqued. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A Comparison of Ideas: Nietzsche and Mill

This 4 page paper examines the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and John Stuart Mill. Ideas focusing on freedom and government are discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Kant's Ideas About Good Will and Reason

This 6 page paper provides Kant's assessment on these principles. An argument is waged against Kant's exact premise and then a counterargument is provided as well. Points are continued to be refuted and supported throughout the paper. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Ideas of Homer and Confucius Compared

This 6 page paper examines Homer's Iliad and The Analects of Confucius. Ideas regarding war, evil and how to live are some concepts discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Leadership: The Ideas of Machiavelli and Socrates

This 5 page paper examines the ideas of these two theorists and a comparison is made. The ideas of Socrates come from Plato's Republic and Machiavelli's thoughts of course come from his infamous work The Prince. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Ideas of Marx and Weber Compared

This 3 page paper looks at the practical application of ideas conveyed by Marx and Weber. Several theories of these well known sociologists are touched on. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Ideas of Locke and Hobbes

This 3 page paper examines ideas to emanate from some of these theorists' most important works. Various issues posed by a student are addressed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Machiavelli's Ideas on the Relationship Between the Ruler and the Ruled

This 3 page paper provides an analysis of Machiavelli's The Prince as it respects the relationship between princes and the people. Machiavelli's ideas are briefly compared with Hobbes and Locke's. No additional sources cited.

Aristotle's Political Ideas

This 7 page tutorial uses questions posed by a student as a springboard for discussion. Various ideas about politics to come from Aristotle are included. No bibliography.

Ideas From Plato's Republic

This 3 page paper examines virtue and the class stratification system set up by the theorist. The ideal republic is discussed in addition to how gender plays a role in terms of the elite guardian society. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Kant and Voltaire's Ideas Compared

This 5 page paper examines Kant's "What is Enlightenment" as well as Voltaire's "Patrie". The two writings are compared and contrasted. Some quotes are included. No additional sources cited.

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