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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.

Intersection of Ideas About Technology and Magic in Dante's "Inferno"

A 5 page paper which how ideas about technology and magic interact in Dante's allegorical poem, "Inferno," how these ideas are presented in the text to consider how they connect or disconnect. No additional sources used.

Democracy in America: The Views of Alexis de Tocqueville and the History of Ideas

This 6 page paper considers the way in which Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America fits into the history of ideas. This paper assesses the elements of de Tocqueville's arguments as they relate to the condition of equlity, aristocracy and democracy, tyranny of the majority, individualism and the idea of mediocrity. Bibliography lists 9 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.

New Thoughts and Ideas of the Renaissance

(5 pp) Historically the Renaissance connects the middle ages and the modern times; it is that time period from about 1350 to 1650. The ideas and accomplishments of that period were amazing, and still remain astounding when we stop to consider them, for they provided the building blocks of some of the ideas that we hold today. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Soren Kierkegaard and Epictetus;

This 5 page paper looks to the ideas of these men and compares and contrasts aspects of these ideas such as faith and despair, selfhood and personal development. The paper cites 2 sources.

Democracy and the Individual; A Criticism

This 5 page paper looks at the idea of democracy and the problems that may be seen for the individual from the perspectives of namely Alexis de Tocqueville and Ayn Rand. The ideas of democratic tyranny and the right to life are considered and discussed. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

Is a Disembodied Mind a Person?

This 6 page paper uses a 1998 X-Files episode as an example for exploring the idea that a disembodied mind could experience personhood. The paper argues against that notion, explaining that the physical body is most important in the definition of personhood. Descartes and Locke's ideas are noted. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Karl Marx and Historical Materialism

This 12 page report discusses Karl Marx's theory of historical materialism and compares and contrasts it with the ideas of Emile Durkheim on the sociology of religion and Claude Levi-Strauss's perspective on the universality of the human mind. To a great degree, the idea of historical materialism encapsulates much of what Marx believed to be the fundamental determinants of modern humanity. It is compared with the equally important aspects of religion and structuralism. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Ralph Waldo Emerson / 'Inventors Read Well'

A 4 page essay on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: 'One must be an inventor to read well.' The paper discusses Emerson's philosophies around this quote, a call to read beyond words to find their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical meaning. The writer argues that the purpose of all words to an inventor is that they foment in the mind until an idea is created, and once created, the idea is put into action.

Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

A 3 page paper examining this seminal document in American history in terms of its historical ties to some of the predominant political ideas of the Enlightenment, particularly those of Locke. The paper shows how the Declaration of Independence took ideas that had been current in theory only and put them into practice. Bibliography lists two sources.

Piaget & Vygotsky

This 20 page research paper compares and contrasts the theories of these two great thinkers. The main points of each theory is provided with a discussion to compare and contrast their ideas. The writer suggests that their ideas may have been more in synch than disparate, after one considers the theories carefully and also after reviewing specific statements made by each man. The points on which they definitely did not agree are cited. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

John Locke's 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding' / Ideas

A 3 page essay discussing John Locke's perceptions and philosophy regarding human ideas as the primary and the difference to ideas of the secondary qualities. No additional sources cited.

“Lamb” and “Tyger” / Comparative on Theme and Tone

A 5 page essay closely looking at variances in imagery created by Blake in the two poems for the purpose of representing the overall theme of a choice between salvation and damnation. In “The Lamb,” the writer posits, William Blake plants the ideas of warmth and acceptance vs. the idea of frightful isolation in “The Tyger.” The writer also shows how Blake uses word imagery to create this same difference in tone. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Gonzalo’s Ideas for a Utopian Kingdom in Shakespeare’s “Tempest”

A 5 page analysis of a short passage in the second act of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, in which Gonzalo outlines his ideas for the ideal kingdom. The paper argues that Gonzalo’s ideas are completely unworkable, not only because they go against the laws of physical nature, but because they violate human nature as well. No additional sources.

Paulo Freire - Pedagogy Of The Oppressed

This 4 page paper reports the major ideas in Freire's book and some of his more essential comments about education, including his description of banking education and what he proposes in its place. The writer also provides examples of how the major ideas can be translated into the classroom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

IDEA ’97

A 5 page paper which examines how ADD/ADHD children were, or were not, covered with IDEA ’97 and if and how IDEA ’97 affected speech language pathologists. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Assessment for Special Education

A 3 page research paper that discusses the teacher's role in assessment for special education services, what assessment entails and what is accomplished by assessment. The writer discusses the requirements of federal legislation (IDEA) and what is entailed in creating an Individual Education Program (IEP) under IDEA. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Reason for the Urban Underclass

This 3 page paper entertains a variety of ideas and sociological principles to explain the reason why poorer neighborhoods are generally black. The conclusion is that the problem is complex and cannot reasonably be explained by one specific sociological idea. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Joseph Campbell And The Functions Of Mythology

A 5 page research paper that examines mythology as interpreted by historian Joseph Campbell. According to Campbell, mythology represents ancient intuitive understanding of certain archetypal or "elementary ideas" that still speak to the human condition even in modern times. The writer demonstrates how this fits in with the ideas of Carl Jung and Adolf Bastian. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Social Class in Contemporary Society

This 3 page paper examines the ideas of Marx, Weber and others to discuss social class in contemporary society. Various ideas are explored. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Education and Democracy

This 8 page paper argues that education and democracy are inextricable. Three areas are explored which are the ideas that democracy should be promoted through public education, that education must be equitable and that there should be separation of church and state. The ideas of Jefferson, Dewey and Plato are discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Why Profit, Free Trade and Greed are Good

This 4 page paper takes a look at the idea that private property is really a motivator. Ideas of profit, free trade and capitalism are discussed. Theorists mentioned are Marx, Weber and Smith. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Connecting Ideas: Courtwright, Berger, Sowell, Wright, and Beck

A 4 page paper which connects ideas from David Courtwright’s “Violent Land” with Peter Berger (“Invitation to Sociology”), Thomas Sowell (“Race and Culture”), Robert Wright (“The Moral Animal”), and Sanderson Beck’s idea of materialism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Dickens' "Bleak House" and Fate:

This 4 page paper explores the idea of there being no such thing as an accident, and how this idea relates to Charles Dickens' "Bleak House". This paper examines issues such as how the Chancery court perpetuates evil instead of being a tool for justice, among other issues. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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