Does the Language of Unalienable Human Rights Provide a Sufficient Basis For Respecting Others?

The language of universal human rights has permeated contemporary conversations about justice. Many are familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s famous assertion in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, and have been endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Contemporary society seeks to extend …

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The First Crusade as Protection and Pilgrimage

The Crusades are some of the most controversial and widely misunderstood events of medieval Europe. Crusaders are often portrayed as savage, imperialistic, barbaric conquest-seekers when, in actuality, many historical sources indicate that their missions were much more pious in motivation than their reputation would suggest. Historian Thomas Madden contends that the First Crusade was, first …

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Blood and Seed: Gendered Metaphors of Justice in The Eumenides

The Eumenides opens with a scene of primordial horror: man – savage and sword-wielding, his hands dripping with the blood of woman – is surrounded by slumbering women – black, oozing, indecent, and wild – whose very presence is threatening. Into this already tense scene enters the ghost of the murdered woman: not only a woman …

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Liberal Learning, Decorum, and Propriety

In On Good Manners, Desiderius Erasmus—the 15th-16th century Renaissance humanist—explains how “decorum of the body proceeds from a well-ordered mind.”[1] He also mentions how “external decorum is a very crude part of philosophy… [but] it is very conducive to winning good will and to commending those illustrious gifts of the intellect to the eyes of men.”[2] In one sense, …

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A Case Study of Justice in “Death and the Maiden”

The play “Death and the Maiden” by the Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman centres upon a political and judicial struggle between three characters: Paulina Salas, Gerardo Escobar, and Doctor Roberto Miranda. The play begins with Doctor Miranda taking Gerardo home; Paulina, Gerardo’s wife, accuses the doctor of being the man who systematically raped and tortured her …

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The Dilution (and Misdirection) of Eros: Pornography as a Carrier of Individualism and Self-Fulfillment

On July 15th, 2015, the dating website Ashley Madison was thrust into the spotlight when their databases were hacked and all of their users’ accounts, including their names and addresses, were leaked. This hack was high-profile because the list of names included celebrities, pastors, and other notable Christian figures. The website was targeted towards married people with …

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