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Cornel West

Peter Singer

Judith Butler

Essay on “Examined Life”, Cornel West – Summary and Analysis

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“Examined life” is a film that reveals people’s philosophical view of the world. In addition, it tries to apply rationality in lives. This paper will examine three philosophers in the documentary. It will also try to examine interesting, frustrating, agitating, and exciting things about them.

Cornel West

Cornel West is a professor at Princeton College. The film begins with and ends with him. He is particularly interesting in his viewpoints.

He is interviewed on his way to the station by Astra Taylor who is the director of the film. This happens on their way to Penn station. He sits at the back of that car and wonders about the repercussions of becoming a different individual. He draws the director into this conversation.

I consider Dr. Cornel West interesting because his thoughts are extraordinary. According to Socrates, only examined life is worth living. In this regard, Dr. West examines his life in all perspectives of thought. He wonders what would happen if he questioned people’s unarticulated presumptions and tacit assumptions. This makes him quite interesting as well as baffling to ordinary people.

In philosophy, this kind of thinking would be allowed. However, that would not be the case in normal lives. Our lives contain so many assumptions and presumptions that people rarely bother to inquire about them.

Dr. West questions the need for an individual to interrogate his/her beliefs. Dr. West tends to draw most of his arguments from Plato as opposed to other philosophers like Russell, among others. He also says that philosophy is all about living life in the streets. He continues by stating that it involves living compassionately, courageously, and decently, among others.

Dr West gives people an opportunity to question their lives and to live philosophically through wisdom. He brings to focus issues like love, which are quite debatable in the country. He is intriguing in his thoughts about philosophy and life.

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Peter Singer

Peter Singer is both exciting and sensational. He is also emotional and logical in his sentiments. Moreover, he is moral, decent, and honest. I find him exciting because he cares for his environment. The movie brings this out in his thoughts about ethics of consumption, which occurs at fifth avenue boutique. Singer is an ethicist. He is filmed strolling along the avenue where he sees some of the world’s most affluent stores.

This leads him to say that people have the moral responsibility of reducing harm or minimizing the amount of unnecessary pain in the world. In fact, he notes that people should not think that their responsibility is merely to avoid harm or stop harm. Instead, they should try to make life better for others. This is intriguing given that most people rarely care to go beyond what they consider as they boundaries.

Moreover, some people go to an extent of causing harm as well as desisting from helping those offended. For instance, capitalism ensures that some people continue to become very rich while others remain very poor; however, rarely do those who are rich consider their poor counterparts who work hard to make them rich.

In addition, some nations are actively polluting the environment with their industrial wastes while others try to minimize environmental pollution. Singer is friendly and sympathetic to those who suffer. This makes him cordial, loving, and caring. Peter singer rates best among these philosophers because he uses his philosophy to help those in need as well as care for the environment. Moreover, he encourages people to work towards minimizing unnecessary problems in the world. Singer is therefore exceptional.

Judith Butler

Judith butler is a feminist. She strolls through San Francisco with her friend. They pass by the town’s Mission District as they question peoples’ cultural fixation on individualism. Butler is a post-structural theorist. She is also a gender theorist. In the film, Judith and her friend talks about human solidarity and permeability. They also talk about gender and disability.

Butler defends the disable and women’s right in her sentiments. She asks questions about what the body can do. In this regard, she tries to imagine that both males and female should have the right to do what their bodies are capable of doing and not what some people think they can do. She dwells so much in individualism and feminism as well as culture and gender. I am concerned with her emphasis on feminism because it touches on areas I consider irrelevant.

For instance, if she says that people should shun individualism, meaning that they should embrace togetherness or societal ideals, then it is quite ironical that the very ideals clash with feminism. This may bring about conflict of interest. For instance, if everyone (female and male) were given equal rights, then from experience, women would find it difficult to match their male counterparts in some areas especially in technical or involving tasks.

This would lead to fewer females in those areas. This would also cause uproar over discrimination. On the other hand, when women are given a specific percentage of slots in any given field, it will not matter how they perform against their male counterparts; reasonably, they will still be involved. However, I also agree with her on the fact that that individualism should be monitored so as not to distort society.

Marlowe’s compassion on Doctor Faustus is seen when Faustus realized that his life came to an end and after all this he was never happy. Marlowe’s sympathy is seen when Faustus friend finds his body torn limb to limb and decides to give him a fare sendoff by organizing a party.

Essay on “Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe

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Faustus way look these up of life that is, greed and desire for magic lend to his downfall. The fact that he sold his soul to the devil/Lucifer for wealth and money despite the fact that he was well educated and could have earned it makes him a victim of his own consequences. A reader can not identify with him as this was out of greed.

Having been born from the medieval period, when poverty was rampant, Faustus who had acquired doctorate in education, desired for something greater than that to be equated to saints and kings and this lead to his signing a deal with the devil.

The play gives us a flow of Faustus life from birth where there was a lot of poverty and eventually starts on his wicked nature. Faustus apprehends his mistakes of believing that power as well as knowledge would bring him contentment. He never got happiness as he was concerned more on people’s point of view.

This is because they viewed and believed him to be a kind of a hero. Faustus finally regrets for his action after his twenty four years where he is filled with terror but this happened very late.

Faustus story is an eye opener to the reader as it shows one the consequences of ones action, this is elaborated by the tragic end of Faustus life due to his desire for money, wealth and yearning for something beyond nature.

Don Giovanni’s damnation came through a statue which at first gave him an opportunity to repent but he refused. Upon his refusal, the statue sank to the earth and dragged Don Giovanni down to the earth he is surrounded by the hellfire and the chorus of the demons as he is carried away.

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In comparison to Faustus damnation, Don Giovanni faces a grimmer one as per the story, by the time of sinking to the earth he was surrounded by sounds of demons as well as hellfire. Faustus damnation came with no struggle as Lucifer took him away without anyone’s notice and only his clothes were seen on stage.

Also, Giovanni was given an opportunity to repent by the devil although he refused. This is because, he had not come to a point of realizing his mistakes while Faustus had no chance to atone his wrong actions despite the fact that he had reached a point of comprehending his wicked ways. Faustus death is silent and no one realized it and only his body was recovered torn limb to limb and his soul gone while Don Giovanni was taken with the recognition of his servant.

The divergence in Faustus and Don’s damnation is seen through people’s reaction after they were taken away by the devil. Faustus life is celebrated by his friends while Don’s life is a kind of a relief to his friends since some were already planning for revenge against him as he had treated them with arrogance and in abusive ways.

In conclusion, the story of the two characters is a lesson to the evildoers as at the end of their evil actions, they always face death. It therefore advocates all to watch their actions as they determine their ending.