Throughout King’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” I realized that he was very passionate about what he wrote. King did a great job in persuading the pastors of Birmingham that unjust laws are meant to be broken. He provided the readers with striking imagery of how segregation and life for the blacks were like during that period in history. In the letter, King was arrested for protesting without a permit; as a result he was placed in jail. In the letter King mentioned that he does not advocate breaking the law, but he believes that a law that is unjust must be broken, “one who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly and willing to accept the penalty”(294). King was speaking primarily about segregation, particularly in Birmingham. He goes on talking about unjust laws and just laws and the difference between the two. According to King an unjust law degrades the human personality, taking away our rightful human qualities that differentiates us from inanimate objects or things. Just laws are laws that show respect and recognition for a person, entitling us to not be treated like an inanimate object. Laws that are unjust, according to King, should be broken in a very obvious and civil manner to prove to the world that it is morally wrong; and segregation is one of those laws he spoke of. King goes out of his way to point out various injustices that were happening in Birmingham such as Black churches being burned down, business owners not following through on their promises to remove segregation signs and also refusing to negotiate. He mentioned that something had to be done to in order to stop all of this and that was to stand up against the police forces with very little violence known as civil disobedience. King’s motive in this letter was to seek justice for his fellow black brothers and sisters. He addressed the clergymen of Birmingham to start the movement and help out the Negro community promoting love and peace for all mankind not just for one race. As a reader looking into King’s perspective on segregation, I never realized how bad things…
major tactic and philosophy of nationalist movements in Africa and India. Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Gandhi are three men who put the use of civil disobedience into play very well in the past. Many people are ignorant to the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi did not teach civil disobedience first. Henry David Thoreau wrote about civil disobedience in 1849. Gandhi adapted Thoreau’s work in the struggle to get Indian independence in 1930. Like Gandhi, King used civil disobedience…
1950 lecture about the philosophy of the great Indian activist Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi, King began seriously studying Gandhi while a student at Crozer Theological Seminary. He was particularly intrigued by the concept of satyagraha. Satya means “truth,” which also equals love; agraha means “force.” Therefore, a direct translation means truth-force or love-force.
King found that Gandhi’s teachings collaborated with his own Christian beliefs (specifically the biblical philosophy to “turn the other cheek”…
developments for each civilization listed in the table, which were evidenced in the humanities.
Be sure to properly cite the sources that you use in completing this matrix.
Civilization Politics Society/ Economics Technology Art Music Architecture Philosophy Literature
Prehistoric Man ruled their own actions; this is divided into three eras, Stone age, Iron Age and Bronze age. People lived in caves and hunted for food including farming, with time evolved into living in Stone made houses
The Philosophy of The Lion King
The Lion King is a classic movie, beloved by many. On the surface, this movie seems to be a light-hearted, carefree tale of a lion cub’s journey to justice. However, on taking a deeper look, one finds that the tale consists of conflicting worldviews and philosophies, while presenting the idea of destiny. But which religions and philosophies is it portraying? Let us take a closer look.
Some would argue that Christianity…
A Comparative and Contrasting Essay on 20th Century Black Political Leaders:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X
This essay will discuss Martin Luther King’s integration and assimilation in addition to Malcolm X’s separatism and Black Nationalism. Through Manning Marable’s assessment I will demonstrate that the ideological belief of Martin Luther King’s integration is a favourable representative of 20th century Black politics.
The Civil Rights Movement symbolized the challenge and opposition…
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Lecture 1 – Aristotle, “Political Community and the Good Life”
Asterisks indicate points of particular importance.
I. Introduction to Aristotle
1. Life of Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.)
384 – born in Stagira, son of court physician to King of Macedon.
366 – sent to study at Plato’s Academy in Athens at age 17.
347-348 – Plato dies; Aristotle leaves Athens for Asia Minor.
343 – Invited by King Phillip of Macedon to tutor his son, Alexander.
335 – Returns to Athens…
12th century Renaissance
5 Key Areas
Knowledge and Methods→
Unify Knowledge (Reason+Faith)
Revival of Aristotle's, natural philosophy and theology
Mysticism to heresy
Universities (Latin Universitas→ guild)
Mendicant (begging orders, friars (brothers))
Mystics and Lay Orders*
Challenges to papacy from skeptical groups and clerical authority
Education, experience, empirical thinking…
Small actions lead up to greater events. Rousseau’s “philosophy of the state” describes the fact that the Republican government “receives each member as an indivisible part of the whole”. It is very similar to Dickens’s belief when he describes Gaspard’s cruel death in the chapter “Knitting”. Gaspard’s death leads to an uprising in the hearts of many peasants. The minor action of Gaspard’s hanging starts to build the turmoil inside the commoners’ mind. It then leads to the French Revolution; similar…
Prof. Ryna May
10 May 2012
In Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes, the protagonist defies the law of the state to observe what she sees as higher law. In this regard, Antigone’s actions were ethical in nature for she pursued what she felt was morally righteous. When mortal laws conflict with what we feel are moral laws, we should stand up for the values we believe to be true within ourselves. Sophocles’ play builds a contrast between the ideas of duty and…
AP U.S History
October 5, 2014
John Locke's Influences
John Locke's political philosophies influenced the American colonists by establishing a new format of government for a new nation. Locke rejected the claim that kings and queens had a “divine right” to rule others. Instead, governments were created among naturally free people as social compacts or contracts. Locke argued that rebellion against such a government was acceptable if it failed to protect certain “self-evident”…