Monthly Archives: December 2011

Authority and the Self

While thinking about the different types of authority we have discussed throughout this year, I realized that all authority shares something in common.  No matter what external pressures society or an authority places on an individual, it is his or … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Authority of the state on private affairs

The Authority of the state on private affairs             There has been an enormous amount of controversy surrounding government invasion of privacy during the recent history of the United States. The threat upon national security leads government officials to claim … Continue reading Continue reading

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Social Norms and the Law

Social norms are dynamic – slavery, racial segregation and sexual discrimination were all considered morally acceptable in the past but are now not only morally unacceptable but are also against the law. Meanwhile there is a growing acceptance for gay … Continue reading Continue reading

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Equality is Relationships

Some people strive for authority, some are born into it, and some come into contact with it, but what about those that think they inherit authority based on their sex? In many relationships the male feels as though he is … Continue reading Continue reading

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Headline: Media Possesses a Unique Form of Authority

Although we did discuss the authority that authors and experts have in class, we didn’t discuss the specific authority that the media has over us. Most people place their trust in the media, just as they  place their trust in … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Authority of Money

The authority of money is interesting. It can buy us essentially every materialistic thing we desire from the nicest house, clothes, cars, pets, and even serve as bribery for certain positions. When it comes down to it, money is actually … Continue reading Continue reading

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What if we couldn’t get caught?

Internet piracy is becoming increasingly acceptable in American society, raising interesting questions about the nature of the authority of social norms. Many of us do not see copyright infringement as a moral issue, but would be reluctant to commit small … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Authority of Gender Norms

Even one’s own gender tends to possess authority over a person, limiting one’s choices through social and behavioral norms. Although modern people do not adhere to these constructs as rigidly as in previous times, males and females continue to follow … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Authority present in parenthood

It seems that every kid goes through a stage in their childhood where they constantly disobey their parents. They reach an age, whether it be in the early middle school years, after receiving a driver’s license, or during the college … Continue reading Continue reading

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What Can We Do?

Turn on any news station and you will be flooded with news covering the primary elections for the Republican Party.  And that’s it. However, what if you are one of the many Americans that are unsatisfied with any of the … Continue reading Continue reading

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