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Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Anyone who knows me well would be reluctant to associate sports with me. Music, movies, and theatre: those are the domains which readily come to mind, but sports? The relationship is questionable to say the least. Indeed, I have always been insecure in my place in the athletic realm. At an early age I participated(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: The Architecture of Friendship

Alex Scheitinger: The Architecture of Friendship

Through an understanding of Alexander Nehamas’s writings on the nature of friendship, we may come to discover new fields in which friendship has the most potential to develop and thrive. Nehamas makes it very clear which field provides the least amount of insight regarding the character of friendship, namely the novel, which has time and(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Against a Transactional View of Friendship

Alex Scheitinger: Against a Transactional View of Friendship

Proponents of neoliberalism, the dominant political and economic system of Europe and America, promote the age-old principles of laissez-faire capitalism in a modern context. Such principles were intended to advance individual freedom, personal liberty, and financial independence for all, but these lofty goals are often antithetical to community building and the formation of global friendships.(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Updated Friendship Resolution

Alex Scheitinger: Updated Friendship Resolution

“WHEREAS, friendship transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political and religious affiliations” It is imperative that we build upon the statement above to emphasize the illuminating and enlightening potential of cross-cultural, inter-political, inter-religious, and interpersonal friendships. It is not sufficient to simply overlook the implicit differences which exist between friends of different backgrounds in the(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

Alex Scheitinger: Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

In his groundbreaking book Friendship: A Central Moral Value philosopher Michael H. Mitias traces a genealogy of paradigms which has left the value of friendship noticeably absent from modern philosophy, theology, and discourse in general. Paradigms, which Mitias describes as the conceptual frameworks which fundamentally guide the behaviors and attitudes of human beings, evolve over(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Characteristics of Friendship in Confucian, Christian, and Islamic Cultures

Alex Scheitinger: Characteristics of Friendship in Confucian, Christian, and Islamic Cultures

Confucian, Christian, and Islamic cultures have approached the notion of friendship with their own distinct concerns and priorities. Differences present themselves when the role and importance of friendship in society is questioned, particularly in friendship’s relationship with other values (charity, love, loyalty, etc.), but there is enough common ground shared between them that these distinctions(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

The meaning of friendship espoused by Plato and Aristotle warrants a reanalysis in the twenty-first century. It can be said with some confidence that both philosophers would be appalled at the rejection of friendship throughout the modern world under the guises of national security, economic development, and most ironic, individual freedom. Indeed, the principle of(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Sacred Geometry and the Visual Language of Islamic Art

Alex Scheitinger: Sacred Geometry and the Visual Language of Islamic Art

Perhaps it is an oversimplification to characterize the art of the Islamic world as purely geometric, non-figural, and decorative (countless examples across time periods and geographic regions serve to challenge this most basic viewpoint), yet the fact that so much of the conversation has revolved around this distinction, usually placing Islamic art in contrast to(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Modernity and the West: Muslim Reactions to an Ever-Changing World

Alex Scheitinger: Modernity and the West: Muslim Reactions to an Ever-Changing World

The notion that more literal interpretations of Muslim doctrine stand in defiance to modernity is in some regard due to a false equation of modernity with the Judeo-Christian West. Numerous examples from the great Muslim empires of the past refute such an association; the Ottoman Empire for example enjoyed a strong scholastic tradition for centuries,(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Successes and Setbacks of the Three Great Muslim Empires

Alex Scheitinger: Successes and Setbacks of the Three Great Muslim Empires

The calculated ways in which the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal rulers each responded to the challenges that came with empire building dramatically affected the form in which they took, extending from the sixteenth century onward. Many of these challenges arose from the fact that at this point Islam was extending into regions which would have(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Dichotomies of Faith: Distinction and Similitude within Islamic Practice and Belief

From its inception when the Prophet Muhammad received the first messages from the Angel Gabriel, Islam as a belief system has always placed tremendous emphasis on the importance of faith, regardless of race, citizenship, economic status, or cultural background. To be a believer is not dependent on any of these factors, but rather rests solely(…)

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