The Necessity of Free Will for Human Improvement 

An essay on free will written for my senior year philosophy class. Thomas Nagel and David Eagleman, in trying to reconcile the problem of external factors impacting an individual’s action, ultimately arrive at contrasting perspectives on the implications these factors have on one’s moral responsibility. Nagel, while recognizing the role external factors have on theContinue reading “The Necessity of Free Will for Human Improvement “

Sartre, Existentialism, and Metaethics

A final research project on Sartre, Existentialism, and Metaethics written for my senior year Philosophy class: For thousands of years, philosophers have been debating various formulation of ethical theories. Notable theories that have permeated through vast areas of moral philosophy include Aristotle’s virtue ethics, John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant’s deontology to name a few.Continue reading “Sartre, Existentialism, and Metaethics”

Our Moral Responsibility to Diverse Friendships

Analysis of Choosing Our Friends: Moral Partiality and the Value of Diversity by Sara Goering written for my senior year Advance Topics in Philosophy class: In her work on Choosing Our Friends: Moral Partiality and the Value of Diversity, Sara Goering argues that many societal and moral goods come out of the diversification of friendships (401). In this paper,Continue reading “Our Moral Responsibility to Diverse Friendships”

Superiority of Aristotelian Virtue Friendship

Analysis of Aristotelian Virtue Friendship written for my advance topics in philosophy of friendship class In his work Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle examines friendships of which he thinks there are three types: utility, pleasure, and virtue. Aristotle argues that friendships of utility and pleasure are significantly lesser forms of friendship than what he conceives to be “perfect”Continue reading “Superiority of Aristotelian Virtue Friendship”

Pascal’s Wager and Insufficient Belief 

An analysis on Pascal’s famous wager written for my senior philosophy class. Following the death of Pascal, a collection of his written thoughts were published in the Pensées. Within this work, Pascal presents a risk analysis of whether or not one should believe in God in the event that God truly exists or does not exist.Continue reading “Pascal’s Wager and Insufficient Belief “

Persepolis: The Story of Contesting Narratives

Analysis of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi written for my junior year AP English class: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi takes place during one of the most tumultuous periods of Iran spanning the overthrow of the Shah, followed by the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. In thisContinue reading “Persepolis: The Story of Contesting Narratives”

Problems of Panopticism in Schools and the Modern World 

Analysis of Panopticism by Michel Foucault written for my junior year AP English class: In an effort to normalize the scoring of papers from English students, a project was initialized in 1923 to set up a standard for grading. Given a variety of sample essays that demonstrated the paper equivalent of a score from 1-10, theContinue reading “Problems of Panopticism in Schools and the Modern World “

Exile, Instability, and the Problem of Anti-Foundationalism

Analysis of “States” by Edward Said written for my junior year AP English class: In his essay “States”, Edward Said argues that the current state of Palestinians is one of exile. His evidence, through photographs, historical context, and personal memoirs, sheds new light on the suffering of Palestinians in the past and present. Throughout, Said repeatedly insistsContinue reading “Exile, Instability, and the Problem of Anti-Foundationalism”

The Adventures of Pinocchio: A Real Boy’s Transformation into a Puppet

Analysis of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and Rebecca West’s afterword written for my sophomore year English class: Although “attracted by order, discipline, and structured educational practices,” as West writes in her afterword, Carlo Collodi was highly suspicious of the programs initiated after the unification of Italy “with the goal of ‘making the ItalianContinue reading “The Adventures of Pinocchio: A Real Boy’s Transformation into a Puppet”