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NAFTA & American Industry / Positive Aspects

A 15 page research paper on how NAFTA benefits American industry. The writer cites many positive aspects of increased trade with Mexico including that of higher-paying domestic jobs. The specific case of the automobile industry is offered as an example to support the writer's thesis. Statistics are provided to support/back-up assertions. Includes charts & graphs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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.

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 Evolution of Consciousness

This 8 page paper considers the work of Daniel Dennett and his book 'Consciousness Explained'. This book gives us a clear indication of how difficult it is to define consciousness and its meaning, By drawing on biological, technological and psychological disciplines many ideas are discussed. This paper looks at the arguments of Dennett regarding the evolution of consciousness, the way they clash with traditional ideas and the merits within the new paradigm. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Marx's Contradictory Views

This 5 page paper provides an overview of some of Marx's ideas, and looks at one contradiction using his works. The idea that art reflects society is examined in terms of Marxist interpretations. Marxism is discussed in respect to Hegelian thought. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Milton - you ol' Romantic! (description of Eve - Book 4)

(5 pp) It is a sad thing that we feel that we cannot deal with ancient or medieval literature. It will be too hard, we whine. I will not understand it, we complain, and give ourselves an excuse, to not even try. Milton is speaking of true innocence of thought and body to give us an idea of what Paradise must have been like. If we have no idea of 'how it was,' how will we ever be able to find it?

The Differences of Kant and Hume; Causation

This 6 page paper looks at the problem of knowledge and the causal relationship. The paper considers the ideas of David Hume, which Immanuel Kant claimed awoke him from his "dogmatic slumber". The development of these ideas by Kant are then considered and compared to those of Hume with a discussion as to which may be seen as the most accurate. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

Newton and Leibniz

In this 7 page paper we look at how both of these men can be seen as the founders of calculus. The paper considers their ideas and the ways in which they were similar was well as the controversy over the publishing of these ideas. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Jacques Maritain: How Relevant Are His Ideas To Teaching Religious Education In The Contemporary Context?

10 pages in length. The relevancy of Jacques Maritain's ideas in the context of contemporary religious teachings speaks to the fundamental nature of Thomism, inasmuch as Maritain was firmly rooted in St. Thomas and the works of his major commentators. Working a significant amount from the philosophies of Aquinas, Maritain's ideas would incorporate quite well into the basic tenets of today's religious teachings. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Role of Proto-Oncogenes and Cancer

(8 pp) Nothing seems more frightening than the thought of cancer. In our human history, it harkens back to the idea of unseen forces attacking the body. We revert to the reptilian brain idea, that if we could "see it," we could "do something." Actually our own body is trying to help us out in that respect, if we can remember to pay attention, and at the same time learn from it. Bibliography lists 6 sources)

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Experience

This 3 page paper looks at W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk as well as what ideas about being black had come from there. The essay goes on to express ideas about the black experience in general. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Problem With Emerson's "Self-reliance"

This 7 page paper argues that the author's ideas about self-reliance are wrong for society. The work is discussed in detail and several quotes are provided. Many examples are given to prove that his ideas are not workable in society. No additional sources cited.

Murdoch's "Metaphysics As a Guide to Morals"

This 10 page paper delves into the work after exploring metaphysics and morals philosophically. Kant's work on the same subject is touched on and Plato is discussed too, but in more depth. Iris Murdoch's ideas are discussed, with an emphasis on the concept of good. Her ideas about God are also included. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

On Liberty And Drugs

A 5 page paper discussing drug usage in relationship to the ideas set forth by John Stuart Mill in his book 'On Liberty.' Mill stands strong in his beliefs that people should be allowed to essentially do as they please as long as it doesn't harm anyone else. Arguments discussed involve the legalization of drugs, and the further pursuit of drug enforcement. The notion addressed concerns whether or not Mill's ideas should be implemented in the field of drug policy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Problem of Values and Man's Highest Good

This 3 page paper delves into a variety of ideas inclusive of Heidegger and Plato's concepts. Man's highest good is discussed and Plato's ideas are criticized. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Socialism, Capitalism and Upton Sinclair’s Book “The Jungle”

This 7 page paper examines this controversial book, considering the main message that promotes socialism as the cure to the evils of capitalism. The paper considers how this idea fitted in with the American Dream and ideas of the time. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Machiavelli and Hobbes Compared

This 6 page paper provides an overview of each of the theorist's ideas, inclusive of their philosophies about God . The ideas are compared and contrasted. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Leadership and Change

This 19 page paper has three sections, each looking at a different aspect of change and leadership. The first section considers Peter Senge’s ideas on how change can take place in an organization. The second section examines the idea that a leader developing an organization that can identify competitive opportunities and innovate is more important than being the innovator themselves. The third section looks at leadership theory and how this will help determine the best way to train future leaders. The bibliography cites 16 sources.

Walker's 'The Color Purple' v. Otto's 'How to Make an American Quilt'

A 9 page paper that describes how the authors of these two works utilize structures unique to story development to present their ideas on feminism, relationships, sexuality and domesticity. While both authors utilize different structural formats (Walker presents her's as an epistolary novel, while Otto's is set within the context of a quilting instructional manual), each uncommon structure significantly effects the author's presentation of ideas. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Issues in Social Justice

This 10 page paper looks at the idea of social justice and how social problems are dealt with. The idea is also looked at philosophically and politically. Bibliography lists 5 sources

Karl Marx: An Overview

This 8 page paper is chockfull of information on the theorist's life, times, ideas and writings. There is information about the author's ideas about communism as well as concepts such as alienation. Several of his works are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Universal Law and Western Thought

This 8 page paper presents the idea that Western thought is quite different from ideas found in the rest of the world. Hinduism is discussed in depth. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Marxism in Today's World

This 8 page paper takes a look at Marx's ideas and how he might react to the twenty-first century. Marxism is discussed in depth, inclusive of his concepts of historical materialism and alienation. Yergin and Stanislaw's 1998 book is discussed in terms of Marx's possible reaction to their ideas. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Shelley's 'Frankenstein' vs. Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence'

A 7 page paper in which the writer argues that while both women were expressing changing attitudes in femininity thought in their books through contrast and duality, Edith Wharton's view was made through an expansive flowing growth and Mary Shelley's was from an explosive view. The purpose of both stories was to show the need for men and women to come together in equal treatment of women during different eras. Whereas Wharton looked at the changes from the idea of growing together, Shelley's view was of killing off the old ideas. No additional sources cited.

Considering the Notion of Signs

This 3 page paper discusses the difference between Husserl's idea of sign and Saussure's idea of sign, and how Derrida would deconstruct the difference between them. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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