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Reflections on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin looks at slavery from the perspective of a Christian lady, and addresses the question of whether Christianity and slavery can coexist in a society we would like to call moral and humane. The question is a part of a larger one, one that is commonly referred to as “the […]

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The Ancient Maya of Belize: A Review and Summary

Dr. Anabel Ford’s The Ancient Maya of Belize: Their Society and Sites manages to successfully accomplish at least two things for an individual interested in Maya studies. First, it provides the reader with some useful background information on the Maya civilization and their sites, allowing for a more comprehensive contextual understanding of what one may […]

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The Size of the World

I am a king in a time long ago. I have heard rumors that the earth is round. I feel that it is in my interest to find out whether or not this rumor has any truth, and I understand that great progress is often achieved when trying to learn with an open mind. As […]

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Vietnam’s Economy: Poverty and Prospects

Amy Mowl | Pham Phung | Darcelle Pruitt | Ananda Mahto Foreword In the 25 years since the American government withdrew financial and military support from the former South Vietnamese State the unified government of Vietnam has worked to recover from the destructive impacts of the war. In 1975 the Vietnamese government inherited a country […]

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The Things I Saw

Early in the morning of September 5th, 1999, I was saying goodbye to my mother and my co-worker at the Santa Barbara Airport. A short while later, I was in San Francisco, waiting with thirty other students, to leave for Asia. We had arrived at the airport quite early, but soon enough, we were on […]

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Comparative World Religions Final Exam

As with the midterm exam for this course, for the final exam, we had a choice of an in-class random selection of 2 or 3 questions, or a take-home answer 10 out of 15 questions.

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Philosophy of the Self

This paper will discuss three philosophical writings, one each from the Indian, Western, and Chinese traditions, each one dealing with our views of our selves. The first piece, Sri Aurobindo’s The Reincarnating Soul, is representative of Indian philosophy and gives us a discussion of the human soul and its relationship to the universe. The second […]

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Reflections on Sri Aurobindo’s “The Reincarnating Soul”

Sri Aurobindo’s The Reincarnating Soul is an attempt to find the proper point from which we should start our discussion of the possibility of reincarnation. He feels that “human thought” for most people has resorted to “a rough and crude acceptance of unexamined ideas.”  This observation holds even truer when the ideas require “subtle thinking” […]

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Reflections on John Stewart Mill’s “On Liberty”

John Stewart Mill, an Englishman, lived during the first three quarters of the 19th century. Although not a professional philosopher, he was a well-respected writer of his time, touching on many subjects. His essay On Liberty, is a good example of his ability to work through questions in a reasonable manner. At e center of […]

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Comparative World Religions Midterm Exam

When I went to Korea, China, and Vietnam as part of a study abroad program, one of the courses I took was on different world religions. The teacher gave us an option: take an in-class midterm exam where he would ask us 3 out of a group of some 15 questions (which he would give […]

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