Essays and Research Papers on Classic Greek Philosophy

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A 4 page research paper that examines Aristotelian philosophy concerning the natural world. The writer examines Aristotle's theory of four causes and how his insistence on teleological explanations for natural phenomenon influenced his concepts pertaining to biology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

An 8 page paper which examines the life of Socrates in connection with his importance to philosophy and his contributions to society. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Analyzing Thucydides

  • 6 page paper

In order to move people, either into an emotional agreement or into action, the words must go beyond the rules of grammar and form. This 6 page paper argues that Thucydides, in his History Of The Peloponnesian War, sees the defeat of Athens as a result of a degeneration of morals and the death of reason at the ...

This 8 page report discusses Adeimantus and Glaucon in The Republic as they try to determine whether or not morality serves as the means to an end. Both of the young men believe people only do what is right under compulsion and that nobody really sees doing good as good for him or her. ...

A five page paper which explains in basic terms some concepts of religion and philosophy such as the difference between Plato's forms and Aristotle's universals, Aquinas's doctrines and the impact of the scientific revolution on philosophy.

This 4 page paper explores the impact philosophic schools had on religion during the Hellenistic period. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 3 page paper examines reason, revelation and tradition in both Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and in St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. It is found that there are both differences and similarities. No additional sources cited.

8 pages in length. Religion is an exciting and powerful influence that has preoccupied mankind throughout history and motivated people to do extraordinary things that stretch the limits of human potential. It motivated Martin Luther to challenge the Pope, Gandhi to unite India, Martin Luther King, Jr., to challenge a racist society to ...

A 3 page essay/research paper that contrasts Aristotle's ethics against those of Augustine. Contrasting with these two extremes, contemporary philosopher William Frankena has sought to bring secular and religious moral philosophy into constructive engagement. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines how religion and the knowledge of death influence the decisions an individual will make in their lives. The examination focuses on Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito by Plato, and Gilgamesh. Bibliography lists additional sources.

A paper which looks at Sue Blundell's "Women in Ancient Greece", an important text which draws on numerous contemporary sources in order to build up a comprehensive picture of the life of women of the period, despite the cultural filters of a strictly patriarchal system.

In 5 pages the author discusses whether or not Socrates was genuinely religious. Based on ' 'Euthyphro', 'Apology', and 'Crito', which are works by Plato about his teacher, Socrates, could it be said that Socrates is a genuinely religious man? Why or why not? Yes, Socrates was a genuinely religious man. However, he ...

A 5 page paper which discusses the ethics of Thomas Aquinas in 'Treatise of Law,' and Aristotle in 'Nicomachean Ethics.' While both works address some of the same philosophical concerns, in regards to morality and ethics, Aristotle sees these conditions as varying depending upon varying factors, while Aquinas' notions are much more concrete and inclusively ...

A 14 page paper on the life & philosophies of the classic Greek philosopher -- Socrates. Socrates' political activity, ideology, and sense of reason are described. His views on religion, law, etc.; are also explained and numerous works featuring this great thinker (i.e., those Plato & Aristophanes) are mentioned. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 3 page paper. This essay discusses several issues under two main categories. The first is a discussion on Plato’s natural law and positivist legal theories. This includes definitions and what each means. The second major category is the Ring of Gyges. The background on the ring is reported as is the magic it ...

A 6 page discussion of the concept of happiness as viewed by John Stewart Mill and Aristotle. Contrasts Mill’s utilitarian theory of happiness, an approach in which the end product is all that is important, with Aristotle’s view that true happiness is attained through a carefully constructed series of acts and that the acts ...

This 5 page report discusses how the classical philosophers of Greece could no more comprehend the nightmare of the 9-11 attack than could 21st century Americans. And yet, the harshness of the reality of ancient Greece was also painfully evident in everyday life. The model that such philosophers labored over to frame the concept of justice has valuable insight ...

An 11 page paper which examines the position of women and philosophy in the time of the Greeks. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This 14 page paper defines Stoicism philosophy as it existed in Ancient Greece and details its specific school of thought as well as discusses the practitioners and writings of Stoic philosophers. Bibliography included.

This is a 9 page paper discussing the Ancient Greeks’ attitude to death and the rituals and beliefs which surrounded death. Death among the Ancient Greeks was treated as honourable as described by Homer and its prevalence in their society became a daily way of life. Men died in battle and from disease and whether ...

A 3 page essay on 3 readings from antiquity. While much has changed in the millennia since ancient Greece and Rome were in their ascendancy, the basic facts of humane existence have not changed. The specter of death haunts the modern psyche just as it did for Socrates, Plato, and Marcus Aurelius. The thoughts of ...

This 5 page report compares two of the great classics of ancient Greece and considers the ways in which the two philosophers, Plato and Aristotle presented their points of view. Their different styles as well as their different messages are considered. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This 10 page report discusses the differences between the Atomists and the Platonists of ancient Greece. According to the atomic theory of matter, all things are composed of minute, invisible, indestructible particles of pure matter (atoma, “indivisibles”), which move about eternally in infinite empty space (kenon, “the void”). Pleasure and happiness are the highest good for the atomists because when the body ...

A 5 page paper which considers the life and works of one of ancient Greece’s most influential philosophers. Some of the works examined include “Apology,” “Crito,” Euthyphro” and “The Republic.” Bibliography lists 6 sources.

5 pages in length. Discusses work by Aristotle, Socrates and Plato and their thoughts on the worthiness of knowledge and logic as opposed to the beliefs associated with myth or superstition. The great philosophers of ancient Greece were very steeped in the science defining the world. They found no place for the unknown, that ...

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