Philosophy is a broad subject that is studied from high schools to graduate schools. Depending on what level you are in your education, philosophy research ideas can be found in many areas. Your professor or teacher might have a list of topics discussed in class to help generate ideas for research papers. Other sources are the Internet and course books. The best place to start if you are in school is your syllabus. Pick a general idea and do some research online. Whatever topic interests you the most will be the most enjoyable to write.
Natural Philosophy and Greek Tradition
Natural philosophy in the Greek tradition could focus on two parts. The first part can focus on the natural world of Greek philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. Discuss what is natural according to Greek philosophers regarding thought and women. The second part can elaborate more on how a person goes about living a life based on natural philosophy according to Greek philosophy in today's world.
Analysis of Human Rights
This paper could focus on human rights and address the notion of how human rights establish limits on intolerance. Two theories can be used, including the ideas of John Locke and Richard Rorty. The paper should compare the limits that Locke puts on human rights of the old world with today's world. Include the actual theories of Locke from An Essay of Human Understanding. Combine the analysis from Rorty's Human Rights, Rationality and Sentimentality. Rorty, unlike Locke, discusses how human rights are not based on reason but on humanity.
Analysis of War
This research paper can focus on three sources: Michael Walzer's book "Just and Unjust Wars"; Glenn Snyder and Paul Diesing's book "Conflict Among Nations"; and Stanley Kubrick's novel "Paths of Glory." Comparing and contrasting these three books will make an interesting analysis of war. Walzer's book focuses on the ethics of killing during war, asking when it is justifiable to kill combatants and noncombatants. Walzer also questions whether war is an act of aggression or to prevent aggression. Snyder and Diesing address the actual decision making among countries in preventing war. Kubrick's book, also turned into a film, discusses World War I and takes the reader inside the minds of men in the French army.
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