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“Catch-22” In Heller, Chopin, Ellison and Hemingway

A 10 page argument showing how Heller’s book reflects the ideas also posited by other writers in “The Awakening,” “The Invisible Man,” and “The Sun Also Rises,” respectively – that idea is the idea of realizing that life holds no promises. The writer supports the argument and places the writings in the literary context of deconstruction. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

A Look At Pirenne’s Thesis

A 5-page essay that explores the idea presented by Henri Pirenne’s thesis that the decline in European economics that marked the beginning of the Middle Ages began not with the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, but instead with the rise of Islam in the seventh century. Included is the reasoning behind Pirenne’s idea as well as the reasoning of those that oppose this idea. Bibliography includes 4 sources.

Aspects of "Romeo and Juliet"

This 3 page paper argues that we can see three aspects of the play as adjuncts to the idea of sickness: first is the plague imagery that runs through much of the work; the second is the idea of the feud between the Capulets and Montagues as a metaphor for sickness; the last is the idea that Romeo and Juliet and their love is the cure for this illness. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Vulnerability of Marxism to Economism

This 12 page paper considers how and why the ideas of Karl Marx may be vulnerable to economism. The paper begins with a definition of economism and then looks at the economics ideas that are adopted by Marx in his different writings. The ideas of economism are then considered by examining his works and also the way they were subsequently interpreted and the attempts of Lenis to separate economism and Marxism. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

Aristotle/De Anima

A 5 page essay that discusses Aristotle’s ideas on the soul which are descried in his text De Anima (On the Soul). The writer begins by contrasting Aristotle’s ideas against those of Plato and argues that Aristotle’s ideas on the soul are more persuasive philosophically because his arguments pertain to the natural world, which can be seen, rather than to the metaphysical world, which must be conjectured. No additional sources cited.

Critique of Dworkin's Striking Down of Legislation

Dworkin is a controversial legal theorist. This 10 page paper considers his ideas on striking down legislation presenting a broad critique. The basis of Dworkin's ideas of interpretive theory and the clash with positvist theory are considered, as well as the alignment with ideas of natural justice are all discussed in order to ascertain the merit as well as weaknesses in Ronald Dworkin's views. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Why Drugs Should Not and Must Not be Legalized

This 7 page report discusses the legalization of so-called "hard core" drugs and why such an approach is a bad idea. The idea of legalizing drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens is a patently bad idea with the potential for disaster if it were to ever be implemented. It is essential that people are educated at a very young age and presented with the appropriate social re-enforcers to understand that there are viable reasons that drugs are illegal - they destroy lives - and, as a result, should remain illegal. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Messiah In The Gospel Of John 7

A 3 page paper. John’s Gospel reported and introduced the Messianic ideas of the day. He was familiar with Jewish ideas as well as the ideas of the early Christians and the disciples. This essay discusses John 7 and includes comments about how John saw the Messiah. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Descartes’ Deductive Reasoning, Definitions and Principles Used to Argue the Existence of God

This is a 5 page paper discussing Descartes’ deductive reasoning, definitions and principles used in proving the existence of God. In Rene Descartes’ Meditation III, he proposes a logical argument to prove the existence of God. To do this, he presents an internally consistent argument through deductive reasoning and in addition provides further clarification for the reader in terms of definitions of formal and objective reality and principles for reality which help clarify his argument. Even without the further definitions and explanations of the principles however, upon accepting the initial premises that “nothing comes from nothing”, “the cause of the effect must have as much reality as its effect”, and “the cause of the idea must have as much reality as the idea itself”, then the introduction of the idea of God, and the cause of this idea is logical in its conclusion that since only God has infinite reality then only God is the cause of the idea of God (also infinite reality) and therefore God exists. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The idea of truth in Swift and St Augustine

A paper which considers the differences and similarities between the ideas of truth as expressed in Swift's Gulliver's Travels and St Augustine's Confessions.

Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution According to Marx and Engels

This 3 page paper examines the ideas of Marx and Engels. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Plato, Aristotle and the Idea of Beauty

This 3 page paper examines Plato's and Aristotle's ideas of beauty. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Darwin's Theory and the Idea of the Human

This 3 page paper discusses the relationship between Darwin's theory and the idea of the human being. Bibliography lists 2 sources

Patricia Limerick: "Haunted America"

This 5 page paper examines Patricia Limerick's view of the traditional methods of studying history and whether or not her ideas make sense.


This 6-pager paper analyzes educational activist Anita Garland and her ideas for school reform.


This 3-page paper is an analysis of various business intelligence tools, offering the idea that the tools are good for numbers-crunching.

W.D. Ross and the Philosophy of Pleasure and Pain

This 3 page paper explores some of the ideas of philosopher W.D. Ross with regard to intrinsic good, pleasure and pain.

A Conceptual Metaphor for Life

This 6 page paper is an essay on the idea that the most useful metaphor for life is that of a journey


This 3-page argumentative essay supports the idea that flexible scheduling ("flex time") is a definite necessity in today's office place.

Symbolism of "Raisin in the Sun"

(5 pp) Symbols have been with us forever. It seems that there is something in the human that responds to symbols -it is the re-membering - the putting of an image with an idea. For example there might be many images that could be related to the idea of "hope." But it is the idea of hope, that for some reason in our busy lives that we seem to forget. A symbol helps us reconnect with those ideas that are ultimately important for us. That is also true in the case of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 New York Drama Critics Circle Award winning play, "A Raisin in the Sun."

The Theorists Of Total Quality Management

A 15 page research paper on some of the most influential theorists behind the evolution of Total Quality Management (TQM). TQM by any name is the goal of nearly all businesses today: maximizing productivity and profitability while simultaneously reducing costs. Walter Shewhart originated the idea that quality control could be statistically measured and enhanced; W. Edwards Deming was his assistant and expanded Shewhart's original theory into the concept we know today as TQM. Joseph M. Juran was a contemporary of Deming's, and followed Deming's presentations in Japan with ideas of his own. K. Ishikawa tailored the American ideas specifically for the Japanese, and his ideas were exported all over the world. Ishikawa's work and the early indifference of American manufacturers to issues of quality are the primary reasons many believe that TQM is of Japanese origin. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Clinton's Health Plan / Argument in Favor of...

A 5 page essay endorsing the thematic idea of Bill Clinton's health plan. The writer feels that plans such as the one proposed by Clinton during the mid-1990's can not be dejected simply because similar ideas have failed in other countries like Canada. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A Critique of Senge on Learning and Leadership

This 8 page paper looks at an article written by Peter Senge; ”The Leader’s New Work: Building Learning Organization” and the ideas in it concerning leadership and building a learning organization. The paper consider the strengths and weakness of his ideas and looks to other theories to find any support or contradictions and examines the role of leadership and how this fits with modern concepts of leadership. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

McCarthyism and Film Noir

This 5 page report discusses the idea that it would be useful to take the idea that film noir evolved in the midst of McCarthyism one more metaphorical level and consider the ways in which McCarthyism actually was the embodiment of film noir. Creativity was questioned in the service of pointless but generally hysterical politics. Interestingly, the dark and brooding tone of film noir echoes the dark, brooding, and accusatory climate that was the norm in Hollywood during the government’s hunt for communist witches and potential informers. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

“Common Sense” and “Empiricism”

This 5 page report discusses the ideas of “empiricism” as compared to what is thought to be “common sense.” The report examines the ideas of David Hume and George Berekley as related to the concepts. “Common sense” should be thought of as the reality which allows any individual to make the best possible deicisons in light of his or her personal circumstances. Empiricism serves to illustrate the reasons and life lessons upon which those decisions may be determined. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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