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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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Disney’s Small World

Introduction Disneyland. I think that many of us have been there at some point in our lives. The wonderfully entertaining characters from our television screens come to life in front of us. Incredible rides swish us through space, seeming to defy gravity. Cotton candy, hot-dogs, soda pop, music, clothing, family entertainment…. I think that it […]

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