Essays Tagged: "Determinism"

Damn the Fates - the question of Free Will.

us Man1.' These six battles constitute an ultimately greater battle: the battle of free will versus determinism. Free will is that ability for a human being to make decisions as to what life he or she ... o lead and have the freedom to live according to their own means and thus choose their own destiny; determinism is the circumstance of a higher being ordaining a man's life from the day he was born un ...

(6 pages) 173 0 2.9 Feb/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

Biography and History -- Harriet Jacob's The Life of a Slave Girl

Solid essay about biographical determinism in former slave/writerBiography and History -- Harriet Jacob's The Life of a Slave GirlT ...

(4 pages) 150 0 3.3 Oct/1996

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Civil Rights > Black Awareness & Racism

3 components of the literary school of naturalism in Stephen Cranes "The Open Boat"

k, in my opinion, a good example of the school of naturalism. These three of the eight features are determinism, objectivity, and pessimism. They show, some more than others, how Stephen Crane viewed ... They show, some more than others, how Stephen Crane viewed the world and the environment around him.Determinism is of course the most obvious of the three features. Throughout the entire story, the re ...

(3 pages) 133 0 3.0 Feb/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Damn the Fates. Free will in Sophocles' Theban plays (Oedipus Rex, Antigone)

us Man1.' These six battles constitute an ultimately greater battle: the battle of free will versus determinism. Free will is that ability for a human being to make decisions as to what life he or she ... o lead and have the freedom to live according to their own means and thus choose their own destiny; determinism is the circumstance of a higher being ordaining a man's life from the day he was born un ...

(6 pages) 126 0 4.2 Dec/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

Freewill and determinism conflict (choice)

s the past.This passage comes from P.S. de Laplace's "Philosophical Essay on Probabilities." If suchdeterminism is true, then everyone's every thought and action must be inevitable; that noone really ... s products of blindforces which have made us what we are. In this paper concerning the free will anddeterminism debate I will argue that determinism is not plausible, I shall do this by givingreasons ...

(4 pages) 267 0 3.0 Jan/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

The problem with determinism and the benefits of Taylor's theory of agency. 900 words. Bibilogeraphy

ording to the determinations of the will. It is so defined to make it compatible with the theory of determinism, which essentially states that all actions have a causal explanation due to the state of ... n the moment previous.However, the definition is clearly inadequate due to the fundamental flaws of determinism and its failure to account for deliberation or personal choice. A superior alternative i ...

(4 pages) 111 0 4.8 Jan/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

American History X: Analysis of Key Themes.

s former high school mentor, Dr. Sweeney. Both Derrick and Sweeney believe in the potential of self-determinism. Even prior to his arrest, Derrick relays his view that people are responsible for their ... y of the skinhead agenda. Again, we see the influence of Sweeney's confidence in the belief in self-determinism. In discussing Danny's seemingly adopted racist doctrine, Sweeney tells Murray, "He lear ...

(3 pages) 11550 0 3.0 Apr/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

Why people gravitate towards evil.

ehavior is a matter of free will (choices made freely by an individual), and how much is subject to determinism, the notion that behavior is largely produced by factors beyond people's willful control ... ave in an undesirable manner. How much behavior is a matter of free will and how much is subject to determinism? Lastly, people might gravitate towards evil because they are born with a sinful nature. ...

(1 pages) 52 0 3.0 Apr/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Basic limitations in modern sciences.

e unobservable idealizations for unstable systems due to sensitive dependence on initial conditions.Determinism is adopted into modern science with the idea that every event or action is the inevitabl ... weather 30 days at 12 am. The discovery of such behaviour in achivements of chaos theory challenges determinism in modern sciences. That is another point where preconcieved scheme by modern science ha ...

(4 pages) 42 0 2.5 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Minority Report

yet thought-provoking way. It is a story that dramatises issues of privacy, individual liberty, and determinism. The films futuristic vision is dazzling yet remains unnervingly dark, wowing the eyes w ...

(4 pages) 110 1 4.5 Mar/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

The Problem of Free Choice

ut rather, to offer a description of two main contemporary positions in the problem - which will be determinism and compatibalism - and to state which position I find more attractive, and the reasons ... re causally determined, the compatibilist does not agree with the determinist's premise that casual determinism is incompatible with free choice. Like their name, compatibilists believe that determini ...

(6 pages) 145 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Explain about different types of social work theory.

ttempt to explain the internal processes that motivate behaviour, Freud's belief was one of psychic determinism; that is, that all behviour has a cause that is to be found in the mind. Various theorie ...

(10 pages) 408 1 4.1 May/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology

A comparrison of the theories of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow.

om other approaches within psychology, including the emphasis on subjective meaning, a rejection of determinism and a concern for positive growth rather than pathology.The theories of Abraham Maslow a ...

(4 pages) 282 0 4.3 Jul/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Psychological Theories & Authors

Determinism

I will in this essay discuss the theory of determinism. The principle states that all physical events are determined by en unbroken chain of pr ... is an illusion, since the outcome of all future events already has been determined, hence the name; determinism.This theory is also closely linked to the billiard ball hypothesis that claims that sinc ... present, and was asked to predict the outcome of a coin toss. Would that be possible? According to determinism, yes of course. But what if you ask it to predict your own future, for example tell you ...

(3 pages) 82 0 4.3 Dec/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

Arcadia

xt, Tom Stoppard's play, Arcadia, makes a series of philosophical statements regarding the theme of determinism. These statements are developed largely through images and completely different time per ... time periods, particularly those of the Romantic and Enlightenment eras. Stoppard uses the theme of determinism to show how the ideas of the Romantic era and the present day have gone in a circle simi ...

(3 pages) 34 0 0.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Discussion of the representation of masculinity in the Arthur Miller's 'A View From the Bridge', considering the extent to which the male characters are more acted upon than acting.

oblems in the characters' lives. Each character's actions are effected by the conflicting forces of determinism, where every event and situation is the inevitable result of its preceding states of aff ... atherine and Rodolpho both care for each other is not a matter of choice or freewill, it is clearly determinism. For this reason, Rodolpho is more acted upon than acting in A View From The Bridge.Marc ...

(7 pages) 40 0 1.0 Jul/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"Richard Taylor's paper "Freedom, Determinism and Fate" explores the necessity for society to adopt a view of Fatalism.

h a possibility closely resembles the story of Osmo as presented in by Richard Taylor in his paper "Determinism, Freedom and Fate". I will argue that if we are able to gain foreknowledge of our own fu ... eply that the agents own inner choices, desires and decision are themselves caused, and a result of determinism I do not find his claim that there is no indistinguishable difference between determinis ...

(5 pages) 49 1 2.3 Oct/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Why Did the US Intervene in the Vietnam War between 1946 and 1956?

containment policy, alongside the domino theory.The US, a democracy with full-blown ideals of self-determinism, and seeing itself as an advocate for freedom, was said to face a dilemma between suppor ...

(5 pages) 38 0 3.4 Dec/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History > International Organizations & Conflicts

Voltaire: "Candide".

c welfare."Voltaire, on the other hand, found that his own experiences contradicted this optimistic determinism. Much like his protagonist, Candide, Voltaire must abandon this belief after realizing t ... of optimism who appears and reappears throughout the story. Though he outwardly supports optimistic determinism throughout the tale, by the end, Voltaire admits that he doesn't really believe the theo ...

(5 pages) 52 0 4.3 Jan/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Obeying The Law

hout law, the integrity and stability of society would diminish completely. As a strong advocate of determinism, Thomas Hobbes believes that a strict government is the only way to social stability.Hob ...

(8 pages) 44 0 0.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law