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by jkirsch
11 years ago
Machiavelli: Good or Evil?

Today, many people use the term "Machiavellian" to refer to, in business or politics, people or moves which are morally questionable, power-seeking, and self-serving. To be sure, Machiavelli advocated for the seeking of power and the serving of the self, but even for all of that, his treatise The...

Lifestyle
by jkirsch
9 years ago
Somali Clan Politics

The east African nation of Somalia is one of the most continuously violent nations in our world today. It has been the site of almost constant civil war, internecine strife, piracy, and terrorism since its independence in...

Lifestyle
by jkirsch
9 years ago
The Second Level of Hell

As Dante makes his way through the second spur of Purgatory in canto VI of his Purgatorio, he is suddenly thronged with the souls of the dead who, recognizing him as an outsider, immediately begin demanding his prayers for their salvation. The souls which press in about him differ...

Lifestyle
by jkirsch
9 years ago
Existentialist Ethics and Happiness

In his Existentialism is a Humanism, Jean-Paul Sartre presents the basic framework of his ethical theory. His words in this work, as well as some of his other writings of indicate a way in which individuals may discover such ideals for themselves. However, he never presents anything nearly as...

Lifestyle
by jkirsch
9 years ago
The Political Novel

Since its inception as a form of art, the novel has been used to convey political messages. In fact, for certain stylistic reasons (which shall be examined in due course), the novel lends itself to the presentation of political messages in a manner just as effectively as, or even...

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