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Blind Idealism In Twain's "War Prayer" And Howell's "Editha"

Mark Twain and William Dean Howells are friends and contemporary authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In addition, the authors embrace the similar, yet unpopular, stance of opposing the idealistic philosophy, promoting imperialism, that is prevalent in American society ...

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Comparing Edgar Allan Poe And Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I had but escaped death in one form of agony, to be delivered unto worse than death in some other." Tormented throughout his life by painful loss, bitterness, and depression, Edgar Allan Poe found escspe in writing stories and poems, in which he portrayed haunted lives even darker than his own. ...

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Plato Vs. Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle, two philosophers in the 4th century, hold polar views on politics and philosophy in general. This fact is very cleverly illustrated by Raphael's "School of Athens" (1510-11; Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican), where Plato is portrayed looking up to the higher forms; and ...

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In Despair About Nothing

Man is often plagued by the question of his own existence. Existentialism is a subjective philosophy that is centered upon the examination of man’s existence, emphasizing the liberation, responsibility, and usually the solitude of the individual. It focuses on individuals finding a reason for ...

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China 2

The Chinese Economy, Culture & Society The social values and history have shaped and formed the economical developments and the current environment of business in the People's Republic of China. They have determined the patterns for negotiation and the Chinese perceptions of business, and their ...

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Humanism

The word “” has a number of meanings, and because there are so many different meanings it can be quite confusing if you don't know what kind of humanism someone is talking about. Literary Humanism is a devotion to the humanities or literary culture. Renaissance Humanism is the spirit of learning ...

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Emerson

Ralph Waldo was a leader of Transcendentalism which was a literary and philosophical movement that began in the United States in 1836. Transcendentalists did not agree with the strict ritualism of established religious institutions. They supported individualism and self- examination. They ...

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Candide- A Contrast To Optimis

m By: Russell Lankford Francis Marie Arouet de Voltaire was the French author of the novella Candide, also known as “Optimism”(Durant and Durant 724). Many of Voltaire’s works were popular in Europe during his time, yet it is his satire, Candide, which is still studied today. In Candide, Voltaire ...

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Karl Marx

was born on May 5, 1818 in the city of Trier in Rheinish Prussia. His family was Jewish, but converted to Protestantism in 1824. "Marx is a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or social scientist" (Singer 1). He was born to his Jewish parents, Heinrich ...

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Kurt Vonnegut

, Jr. is a contemporary American author whose works have been described by Richard Giannone as \"comic masks covering the tragic farce that is our contemporary life\" (Draper, 3784). Vonnegut\'s life has had a number of significant influences on his works. Influences from his personal philosophy, ...

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Friedrich Nietzche

was born in Rocken. He spent much of his time alone, reading the Bible. Nietzsche’s father died in 1849. The young man withdrew deeper into religion. Friedrich received a scholarship to Schulpforta, an elite prepatory school with only 200 students, in October 1858. The scholarship as intended to ...

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China

The Chinese Economy, Culture & Society The social values and history have shaped and formed the economical developments and the current environment of business in the People's Republic of . They have determined the patterns for negotiation and the Chinese perceptions of business, and their ...

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Candid Analysis

As the title of the book suggests, Candide is synonymous with optimism. Pure and unbelievably naive, Candide follows the philosophy taught him by Pangloss that this is the best of all possible worlds. Voltaire uses Candide as a tool to show the absolute ludicracy of complete optimism. At points ...

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Critical Biography On J. D. Salinger

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." -James Bryce* In 1945, a novel was published that would forever change the way society views itself. The book, entitled The Catcher in the Rye, would propel a man named Jerome David Salinger to fame as one of the most ...

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Ayn Rand: Human Existence

Ayn Rand contributed many things to the philosophical world, based on her philosophy of Objectivism. Objectivism is the idea that rational self-interest should be the basis of action and that self-fulfillment is an individual’s moral responsibility, with productive achievement the noblest ...

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The World View Of Bertrand Russell

In today's world, it is difficult to know just what is correct among the ideas of the universe, what we are and how we came to be, and how we should live as human beings and as a society. Bertrand Russell, an agnostic philosopher, approaches these questions and tries to answer them according to ...

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History Of The World Bank

The WB was created by the Bretton Woods Conference and evolved by adding additional institutions as additional tasks were identified. The initial objective of the WB was to provide loans for the rebuilding of Europe after WWII, later lending is provided to developing countries to ...

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Transcendentalism

was a movement in philosophy, literature, and religion that emerged and was popular in the nineteenth century New England because of a need to redefine man and his place in the world in response to a new and changing society. The industrial revolution, universities, westward expansion, ...

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Civilization: The Ancient Near-East to the Renaissance

Roughly ten thousand years ago humans began to settle in permanent communities. Scientists believe that about five thousand years ago the first civilizations were pioneered. Kagan defines civilization as a stage in the evolution of organized society that has among its characteristics urbanism, ...

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Allama Iqbal

Poetry is the art of expressing one’s feelings and ideas in an impressive manner. It provides us pleasure besides improving our awareness of life. The poet is a man of deep insight and sensitive nature. He can make us see and feel in a wonderful way. I am also fond of reading poetry, especially ...

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