A Legend & A Life Story: Who was Saint Francis of Assisi?

A Legend and A Life Story: Who was Saint Francis of Assisi? St. Francis of Assisi’s spiritual life was unfathomable even to those around him while he lived, but they attempted to write about him nonetheless. Many contradictions exist in the literature about him, in the things he is said to have accomplished and events…Read more A Legend & A Life Story: Who was Saint Francis of Assisi?

Heidegger Journal #7

Journal # 7 (3/5/04) A “fore-having” as Heidegger uses the term here is what you bring with you to an experience that allows you to interpret it. In the most general terms, “all interpreting is an interpreting with respect to something, on the basis of it, and with a view to it” (p.60, emphasis added).…Read more Heidegger Journal #7

Heidegger Journal #5

Journal # 5 (2/27/04) Heidegger addresses those who make objections to environmental experience based on its presupposition of the reality of the external world by explaining why they are precisely missing the point. At first it would seem that there are exactly two options: either reality is, or it isn't. We must either accept the…Read more Heidegger Journal #5

Augustine & Plato on 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…Read more Augustine & Plato on Happiness of Soul… (II)

Plato on Happiness of Soul…

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…Read more Plato on Happiness of Soul…

Britain in India: World War I through the 1960s

Marykathryn Huffman (mar. Gough) 4/24/06 Prof. Bratt STBR 372 Essay #3By 1914, India had long been subjected to the harsh treatment of Imperial Britain, a country used to enforcing their rule militarily. India's population was used heavily and thoughtlessly in the wartimes of the early twentieth century. This was in part because the empire, when…Read more Britain in India: World War I through the 1960s

Night *

Elie Wiesel and Theodicy A reflection paper turned in to Professor Thompson By Kate Huffman (Mary Kathryn Gough) / REL 131 4/12/04 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…Read more Night *

The Great Wars & Athenian Ascendancy

The Great Wars and Athenian Ascendancy The Formation of an Athenian Empire c. Mary Kathryn Gough (Katie Gough), Ancient Western Civ.,  7/22/02 Essay 2 The 5th century B.C. and its whirlwind of changes marked the beginning of a new way of life for the ancient Greeks. Ever since the Dark Ages, ‘Greece’ had been a…Read more The Great Wars & Athenian Ascendancy

Literature’s Unifying Force

Mary Kathryn Gough 11/11/05 Project #2 The Unifying Force of Kafka’s Literature: Drawing a Dual-Hearted World Together in Unity of Spirit "Could not then art and literature in a very real way offer succor to the modern world?" ~Aleksandr.Solzhenitzyn Of all malicious lies, the most sprawling and successful is the one which whispers softly, compellingly,…Read more Literature’s Unifying Force

Art, Culture, & the Autonomous, Free Humanity of Man

1Art, Culture, and the Autonomous, Free Humanity of Man; The Universal Applicability of Living in Truth and Accepting Responsibility as Destiny The essence of the conflict… is not a confrontation between two ideologies (for instance a socialist with a liberal one) but a clash between an anonymous, soulless, immobile and paralyzing… power, and life, humanity,…Read more Art, Culture, & the Autonomous, Free Humanity of Man

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie's novel, Midnight's Children, won the 1981 Booker Prize, and in 1993 it was decided that Midnight's Children was the 'Booker of Bookers', or the best book to win the Booker Prize in a quarter century. The author of six novels, Rushdie has won awards from several countries for his writing over the years,…Read more Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie