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Frederick Douglass: Biography & Slavery

Frederick Douglass’s writings reflected many American views that were influenced by national division. Douglass was a very successful abolitionist who changed America’s views of slavery through his writings and actions. Frederick Douglass had many achievements throughout his life. Douglass was born a slave in 1817, in Maryland. He educated himself and became determined to escape…

Foucault and Truffaut: Power & Social Control in French Society

Both Michel Foucault and Truffaut’s depiction of a disciplinary society are nearly identical. But Truffaut’s interpretation sees more room for freedom within the disciplinary society. The difference stems from Foucault’s belief that the social control in disciplinary pervades all elements of life and there is no escape from this type of control. Foucault’s work deals…

Existentialism in the early 19th Century

Major Themes Because of the diversity of positions associated with existentialism, the term is impossible to define precisely. Certain themes common to virtually all existentialist writers can, however, be identified. The term itself suggests one major theme: the stress on concrete individual existence and, consequently, on subjectivity, individual freedom, and choice. Moral Individualism Most philosophers…