The humanities are not, as the word implies, one single field of study but rather a collection of many fields of science. Scholars in diverse fields such as social history, cultural sciences, philosophy and sociology. The humanities are different to the physical sciences because scholars in the humanities do not seek to explain how the physical world works, as is the case with other sciences. Rather, scholars in the humanities seek to provide an understanding of the human condition in all its aspects.
Essays in Philosophy
Topics in Indian Philosophy
- Karma, Dharma & Moksa: Introduction to the three main aspects of Indian philosophy.
- The Persistence of the Self: Does the sSelf perish after death?
- The Self in Indian Philosophy: Summary of the major arguments for the existence of a Self.
Descartes and the Defence of Reason
- Certainty and the Cogito: Discussion of Descartes’ famous adage: I Think therefore I am.
- God’s Existence: A look at Descartes’ proofs of the existence of God.
- Descartes’ Sceptical Challenge: How can we slay the Malicious Demon?
- Problems of atomic motion: Overview of Epicurean atomic theory.
- The Stoic theory of universals: What is the connection between the things that are in the world and the content of our consciousness?
- Epicurean arguments for Hedonism: Is Epicurus’ theory of hedonism defensible?
- Relativism: Introduction to ethical relativism.
- Utilitarianism: Some thought about two types of utilitarian ethics.
- Friendship: Can modern ethical theories account for friendship?
Origins of Modern Philosophy
- Innate Ideas: Is our mind a Tabula Rasa or Veined Block of Marble?
- External World: Is our belief in the external world rational?
- The problem of induction: Is Karl Popper’s idea of falsification a solution to Hume’s problem of induction?
Values & the Meaning of Life
- The dangers of philosophy: Is philosophy a dangerous activity?
- Religion and Philosophy as vehicles for meaning: Can religion provide a solid foundation for meaning?
- Life after death: If there is no life after death, is this earthly life then meaningless?
Essays in Sociology
This is a collection sociology essays written as part of an undergraduate course in Arts.
Myth, Ritual and the Sacred
- Phenomenology of Religion: Short introduction to the phenomenological study of religion.
- Religious Experience: Summary of the different types of religious experience.
- Initiation Rituals & Rites of Passage: A look at Rites of Passage and how they function in contemporary culture.
- Elements of Shamanism: Brief study on the various elements typical of shamanism.
- Uluru. as a sacred space: Analysis of Uluru. as a sacred space to the Anangu.
- Sacred Spaces in Bendigo: Comparative analysis of the Bendigo Joss House and the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo.
- Sociological Imagination: About the purpose of Sociology in the eyes of C. Wright Mills.
- A Life History: An exercise in the interaction between biography and history.
- Breakfast & Culture: About the cultural content of breakfast.
- Cultural Identity: Are we able to choose our own identity?
Sociology of Identity
- Goffman and Marcuse on Identity: Analysis of Erwin Goffman’s and Herbert Marcuse’s approach to identity.
- The Influence of Mental Disorder on Identity: How does being labelled with mental disorder impact on identity?
Material Culture & Commodity Culture
- Adult Bookstore: Semiotic analysis of Insight Adult Books in Bendigo.
- The commodification of sexual desire: Analysis of pornography in contemporary culture.
Essays on Psychology
These essays have been written for the Monash University courses Psychology 1A and 1B.
- Hidden Personalities: Sigmund Freud and Carl Rogers on our subconscious personality.
- Differences in Body Image between men and women: Study into the different perceptions of body image.
- The bystander effect in Helping Behaviour: Research into our preparedness to help other in need.
- Age and gender differences in the appropriateness of Intimate Nonverbal Behaviour between children and parents: What type of behaviour is appropriate between parents and children?