Being and Nothingness Essays

  • Jean-Paul Sartre's Ethics Of Ambiguity

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    differently. The man is doing his best impression of a waiter, to the extent of losing his true essence. Furthermore, the man convinces himself that his ultimate destiny in life is being a waiter. This decision feels ‘right’ to the man because he has convinced himself that he has no other choice than to work (Sartre, Being and Nothingness). This is the crux of Bad Faith. When committing an act in Bad Faith one always has freedom to choose something else. However, in Bad Faith, one keeps these alternate possibilities

  • Sartre's Perception Of Existentialism

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    of all persons, authenticity in existentialism is, nevertheless, sound in its approach to understanding the world and being. I will show that authenticity, especially from the perspective of Heidegger and Sartre, attempts to come to terms with the conscious self in the material world and confronting the external pressures, influences, and forces that differ from oneself, thus being an influential concept in existential thinking. Lastly, I will defend this philosophical concept against

  • Primary Qualities In John Locke's Philosophy

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    The main foci of this paper are to delineate the distinction between the primary qualities and secondary qualities of John Locke’s philosophy and its objection. Now some fundamental questions come to my mind such as what is primary quality? What is secondary quality? And why they are different? Before proceeding Locke’s position it is necessary to define two terms which will be used throughout this paper: “idea” and “quality.” “Idea” will refer to the perception the mind has of an object or body

  • Husserl's Theory Of Intentionality

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    In this thesis I intend to provide a critical assessment of the Theory of Intentionality. The term intentionality is of medieval Scholastic origin. It was rehabilitated by the philosopher Franz Brentano and later adopted by Edmund Husserl. Intentionality is a central topic in the philosophy of mind in general, and in Husserl’s phenomenology in particular. It lies at the heart of Husserl’s philosophy. To a great extent, Husserl’s theory of intentionality is the same as his phenomenology. Phenomenology

  • Speech In Elie Wiesel's The Perils Of Indifference

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    When I read Elie Wiesel’s speech on “The Perils of Indifference”, I feel that it has some relation to Susan B. Anthony’s speech about “On Women’s Right to Vote”. They do however, have different subject matter and are depicted in a different time, but both speak of “change”. These two speeches, written in different eras and having different listeners have one mutual goal. The commonality of their message in each of the speeches may not be seen at first, but let’s take a closer look. In Elie Wiesel’s

  • Analysis Of Sartre's Being And Nothingness

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    Sartre’s Being and Nothingness: an essay on phenomenological ontology is a study of the consciousness of being. Ontology refers to the study of being, and phenomenological means of or relating to perceptual consciousness. In this essay, I would be giving a distinction between being-in-itself (en-soi, unconscious being) and the being-for-itself (pour-soi, conscious being). I would then cite an example from Sartre on an individual practicing bad faith in order to deny their freedom and responsibility

  • Scoobie Being And Nothingness Analysis

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    becomes a vulnerable, exposed being, in need of protection. Going to mass in a state of mortal sin would be like, “striking God when he’s down” (211) or “thrusting the child’s face into the filth of the stable.” (237-38) Christ himself has become a child for him. When Scobie decides to commit suicide to get into an

  • Thomas Nagel: The Mind-Body Problem

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    This essay looks at Thomas Nagel’s account of the problem of consciousness i.e., the mind-body problem. I compare both Nagel’s and Colin McGinn's arguments regarding consciousness. Nagel’s argument introduces us to the intractability of the mind-body problem. The focus for Nagel is not to highlight the distinction between mind and body. Nagel employs one to not be so focused on the problem, rather embrace the possibilities regarding the phenomenology of consciousness. However, this should not deter

  • Baruch Spinoza's Substance Monism Analysis

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    Arguing his terms and ideas as unclear and vague will prove this theory weak in the sense that Spinoza isn’t entirely confident on what substance and the other elements are. By being general, Spinoza leaves room for ‘error’ and this can be considered cowardice. Empiricist John Locke targets this reliance of innate ideas as one that rationalist, like Spinoza when using to explain substance. In his work, An Essay Concerning Human

  • Analysis Of Being And Nothingness By Jean Paul Sartre

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    Jean-Paul Sartre, in Being and Nothingness , develops a theory on “bad faith” and on existential psychoanalysis. He averred that the mind was a conscious unity which was transparent to itself. In contrast to Freud’s theory, the idea of the unconscious was repugnant to him as it involved a division of the mind. The mind, for Sartre was by definition the conscious mind which was indivisible. Being an existentialist, he also believed in unconditional freedom which did not allow for subterranean forces

  • Jean Paul Sartre Being And Nothingness Analysis

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    In the post of World War II, Jean-Paul Sartre – philosopher and novelist – became one of the most influential men of the 1900’s. His novel, Being and Nothingness, written in 1943, provides an analysis of his internal views of philosophy, and initially helped in sparking one of the most influential philosophical movements. Within the text, Sartre examines and presents many concepts of existentialism. Those concepts included, but are not limited to, freedom, responsibility, and relationships with others

  • Descartes Comparing Foucault's Discipline And

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    cogitans. Res extensa means an extended thing and is used by Descartes to describe something’s bodily or physical substance. On the other hand, res cogitans can be understood as a thinking thing, and refers to the core mental substance that constitutes a being. Descartes explains this concept through the wax metaphor in his second meditation. He explains how when wax melts, he still knows it to be wax, despite the wax losing all the physical characteristics which would initially allow him to identify it

  • Misconception In The Bloody Chamber

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    The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, and Being There by Jerzy Kosinski, are filled with misconceptions. They have characters in which perceive things differently than what they really are. Most characters realize the misconception either causing or resolving conflict, but others are oblivious. These are misconception of identity, intentions, and love. In Being There, Chance, a simple gardener with no education except for what he has learned from television, is mistaken for a man of importance named

  • Importance Of Spoken Word Poetry

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    El Jones: The importance of spoken word poetry Spoken word poetry is a medium used to spread the concerns of generally disadvantaged groups in a non-structured widely received form. Many civil rights speeches use this style of poetry due to the ability it has to reach such a vast audience within a limited time and on poor finances. El Jones uses this style of poetry in her work to create a message that can reach a broad audience of varying social classes. In El Jones "I know what you see," there

  • Aristotle Wooden Table Analysis

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    Efficient Cause, The Formal Cause and The Final Cause. I will be using Aristotle’s four causes to aid me in answering the following question: Why does the wooden table exist? Aristotle’s first cause, The Material Cause, is that of which the object being identified is made of. The wooden table’s Material Cause can be seen as the wood which is used to build the table and thus bringing the table into existence. Without the material (wood) the table is nothing but an idea and cannot ever materialize

  • Brahman Is The Universal Soul In Hinduism

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    understand what desires one has and how they interrelate to their interests and goals. From Hinduism point of view, the soul is a part of jiva. The limited being, who is subject to the impurities of attachment, delusion, and laws of karma. Therefore, death for them is not a calamity but a natural process in the existence of a jiva or a being as a separate entity, a resting period for it to recuperates, reassembles its resources, adjust its course and returns to the earth to continue its

  • Red Peter's Little Lady Analysis

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    ‘Red Peter’s Little Lady’ by Ceridwen Dovey and ‘A Report to an Academy’, by Franz Kafka, are literary works that use a variety of techniques to represent the concepts and themes of the ‘Animals, Monsters and Machines’. Over the years, animals have climbed their way into our literature and because of authors’ mastery, readers are able to think about and understand, philosophical concepts and social issues without the offense that is often expressed by audiences when writing about humans. ‘Red Peter’s

  • The Struggle Between Men And Women In The Handmaid's Tale

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    given so much privileges, yet they still break rules. The Commander and his Wife hardly get affected by the new regime and its oppression towards everyone. Yet this oppression is the reason why they still break the rules. Serena is fed up with Offred being forced to have a child for her. She decides it is best to break the rules and tells Offred “ Maybe you should try another way?” (Atwood 205). She’s willing to break the rules and have Offred become pregnant. She does this because she is upset to have

  • The Demon Haunted World Poem Analysis

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    suppressed by ‘something’ and the combination of an enjambment and colon helps us better understand his message. While the colon sets out the observation, the enjambment allows us to see with greater clarity what he is trying to show us. Analysed as being an attempt to expand on and clarify his thought. Looking at the work of Edgar Allen Poe, who makes use of a lot of pathos in his poetry to express his own suffocations through imagery like darkness, hollowness and thunder and lightning. Edgar Allen

  • Essay On Why We Read

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    and intangible differences reading can make. We read because reading is a powerful healer, mending the wounds that cannot be reached through modern medicine. We read because it allows us to examine what morals, perspectives and values make up our being and inspires us to change our outlook if that is what we believe will make us better people. As the author and journalist Anna Quindlen said, “In books I have travelled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” Finally, we read because reading opens