Soul Searching

Philosophical soul searching is never ending, but I suppose happiness, despair, and evil are very good places to start.

> Kierkegaard’s Sickness Unto Death //Pivotal definitions in the progression of Kierkegaard’s Sickness Unto Death…Despair, Self: “The self is the conscious synthesis of infinitude and finitude that relates itself to itself, whose task is to become itself, which can be done only through the relationship to God… the progress of becoming must be an infinite moving away from itself in the infinitizing of the self, and an infinite coming back to itself in the finitizing process. But if the self does not become itself, it is in despair, whether it knows that or not” (30)… Definition: “Despair is the misrelation in the relation of a synthesis that relates itself to itself” (15)…

> Happiness of Soul… (I) //Is the just person truly happier than the unjust person? In his comparative thesis, Plato never directly addresses what happiness is, but by analyzing certain definitions that are provided throughout the Republic and fleshing out the relations between those definitions, one can come to a clearer understanding of what he meant when he referred to happiness. The pivotal definitions are those of Justice, Wisdom, and Pleasure. The interplay between these shows a picture of happiness…

> Happiness of Soul… (II) //Although Augustine was strongly influenced by Plato, the two have clearly different ideas of what constitutes human Happiness. For Plato, justice, or psychic harmony, is the dominant component of happiness and must be present in order for happiness to be possible. This psychic harmony is unsustainable without wisdom, and therefore so is happiness; this means we must study the Forms. Because the Forms are unchanging and present in everything, this study gives one the ability…

//Elie Wiesel & Theodicy //This paper will respond to Elie Wiesel’s Night, The Trial of God, and his memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea, probing into why evil is allowed to exist in the world and whether we have the right to blame God for it—or at least whether we have to right to blame Him for not intervening…

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