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Redefining Weakness: The Role of Pity as a Christian Response to the Disabled Community

From Hercules to Superman, figures exemplifying superhuman power have abounded unceasingly in popular culture. They capture the imagination like few other characters can, inspiring near-reverence and a constant stream of Marvel films. In these superheroes, many find a representation of the ideal person: one who overcomes struggles to stand up for what is good, vanquishing …

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Marx, Weber, and the Motivators of History

Any examination of history is inevitably colored by the observer’s understanding of the principles underlying the particular events. It is possible for men to observe identical occurrences and yet cite radically different causes. Each man’s vision of the good, whether conscious or subconscious, directly informs what he perceives, and this is evident in the sociological …

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Freedom and the Problem of Scaremongers: Why Determinism is Compatible with Free Will

The philosophical question of free will – unlike most metaphysical questions – has often been heralded as uniquely “relevant” to people’s everyday lives. Unlike the problem of universals vs. particulars, or dualism vs. monism, the answer to whether or not we have free will is often said to have important consequences on moral responsibility, legal …

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Freedom to Pursue the Common Good

Individual freedom is not only compatible with, but necessary for the state’s pursuit of the common good. This statement, however, cannot go without qualification because unlimited individual freedom equates to lawlessness. A lawless state is chaotic, and will inevitably be torn apart by the conflicting desires of its citizens. Eventually, it would cease to be …

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