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  • Similarities Between Humans And Animals

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    When it comes to animals, some ancient philosophers have argued that they are fundamentally different from humans, while others believed that we share important attributes with animals. Here, I shall review some criteria used by ancient writers that both support and deny the claim that animals and humans are fundamentally different. In doing so, I will focus on what I consider to be the main criteria put forward by ancient philosophers in making their arguments. For instance, those who maintain that

  • The Importance Of A Happy Life

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    Would you be willing to let go of your deepest darkest fears to pursue the honorable? According to Seneca, “For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast - a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part

  • The Myth Of Oedipus The King

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    myth of Oedipus come to see before the opening scene of the play. In his youth, Laius was a shown in play guest of King Pelops of Elis, and became the tutor of Chrysippus in the play. He is the youngest of the king's sons. He then breaks the sacred laws of hospitality by kidnapping and doing some sexual abuseswith Chrysippus. He rapes Chrysippus, who according to some versions in the play killed himself in shame. The murder becomes a heavy burden and this cast a doom over Laius, his son Oedipus, and

  • Consequences Of The Lazy Argument

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    The introduction of “co-fated” events does not, however, undermine the “Lazy Argument,” as it does not address the primary concern. The “Lazy Argument” intends to demonstrate that even upon the assumption of some degree of agency with regard to decision making and the ability to descend upon multiple paths, one will ultimately be fated to the same destination. The logical tension is not resolved, but rather regresses to question of whether agency exists to a sequentially prior event. Explain lazy

  • Greek Literature : The Fall Of Oedipus The King

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    The works of ancient Greece stand undeniably as a cornerstone of world literature. The stories told from generation to generation, only getting vaster in complexity and detail. These stories, epics, and tales all display common traits of ancient literature. One of the most common traits for ancient Greek literature shows the gods and their interactions with humans develop the center point of the storyline, letting the story spread outward from their meddling and mischief towards the mortals. In some

  • The Early Stoa's Analysis

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    focuses on the views on what is the best way to rule a government based on different Stoic views among time. The first era of Stoicism is the Early Stoa. The early Stoa believed in the teachings of non-eclectic Stoicism, which philosophers Zeno and Chrysippus believed in. The Early Stoa’s believed that the good are united in one bond in a society while the bad are alienated from society. They believe in the idea of natural law unlike real law courts. Rules of justice and order of the natural law is the

  • Oedipus the King: A Tragic Hero Essay

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    In most dramatic plays, tragedy usually strikes the protagonist of the play and leads him, or her, to experience devastating losses. While tragic instances can be avoided, there are other instances where one’s fate and future is out of the protagonist’s control. In Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and first performed around 249 BC, Oedipus cannot escape his destiny and even though he tries to overcome and circumvent prophecy, he finds out that supernatural forces will get what they want in

  • Sins Of The Fathers : Man 's Hubris Vs. Fate 's Intervention

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    Sins of the Fathers: Man’s hubris vs. Fate’s intervention in the Theban plays. The sins of the fathers in the Theban plays written by Sophocles, illustrates the conflicts between man’s actions against the power of unwritten law, the willingness to ignore the truth, the misused limits of free will, and the false notion of beating the ways of fate. The fathers, chronologically Lauis, Oedipus, and Creon all exemplify people who acted in ways to avoid the predestined fates set up on them

  • House Of Tantalus Research Paper

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    The evil started with Tantalus. Tantalus sired Pelops and the sons of Pelops, Thyestes and Atreus. The murder of Pelops’ bastard son Chrysippus brought down the wrath of Olympus and an ancestral curse on the House of Atreus. Demeter bore Zeus a daughter Persephone as a result of an incestuous union. The mother concealed Persephone in a subterranean cave guarded by serpents but Zeus desired her and bad-tempered and cunning transformed himself into a winged serpent to rape her, their coupling creating

  • Chapter One: A Brief Look Into Stoicism

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    schools of philosophy. He would teach Stoicism at a colonnade overlooking the Agora, the central gathering space of Athens. Zeno formulated and evolved his ideas from the Cynics, whose founder Antisthenes was Socrates’s student. Zeno’s follower Chrysippus later became the man who molded Zeno’s ideas into Stoicism proper, as it were, and later the Romans made their focal point a life harmonious with the Universe, over which there was no individual control. Philosophical historians generally consider