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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Concept of Ideas

This 5 page report discusses English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) and how he carefully reviews the characteristics of the human mind and the course by which it is aware of the world outside and around it. Arguing against the long-established proposition of intrinsic ideas, Locke believed that the mind is born blank, a tabula rasa upon which the world describes itself through the experience of the five senses. Knowledge arising from sensation is perfected by reflection, thus enabling humans to arrive at such ideas as space, time, and infinity. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Origins of Imagination:

This 7 page paper examines different western ideas of imagination and its origins. This paper specifically examines the ideas of Kant, romanticism, post-modern imagination, mimetic and Hebraic imagination, and more. This paper examins the relationship between imagination and artistic expression. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Aristotle and Machiavelli's Ideas Compared

This 5 page paper provides an overview of each of these theorist's ideas. Aristotle's Politics is used along with Machiavelli's Discourses. Ideas regarding government type are discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Democratic Theories; Joseph Schumpeter, Robert Dahl and Alexis de Tocqueville

This 5 page paper contrasts the ideas of these three political theorist looking at the similarities in the apparently simplistic ideas of Schumpeter and how they relate to Dahl and Tocqueville. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

The Spirit of Capitalism and the Meaning of Work Ethic According to Max Weber

This 11 page paper examines Weber's views concerning his book The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. His ideas are discussed in depth. Other theorists, such as Karl Marx, are included to provide different points of view. Adam Smith's ideas are discussed as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Kant's Theory of Value

This 4 page paper looks at Kant's ideas about law and his theories about value, man's highest good and the categorical imperative. Kant's ideas are evaluated and the paper argues that the theory of value is flawed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A Just Society According to Plato and Marx

This 5 page paper contemplates the idea of a just society by looking at Plato's Republic and Marxian theory. The ideas of each author are compared and contrasted. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


A 6 page paper which discusses the existentialist philosopher, Martin Heidegger as he is portrayed in the book, “'Existentialist philosophy, an introduction,” by Nathan Oaklander. Oaklander does an excellent job at illustrating the many theories of Heidegger, who was a existentialist philosopher who was largely ignored due to his unique ideas and his affiliation with the Nazi’s. Issues discussed include the idea of Being, Dasein, the components of Dasein, ways in which Dasein is involved, and the “Being and Time,” which is one of Heidegger’s works. No additional sources cited.

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