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Tutor profile: Andrew K.

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Andrew K.
Researcher - GCAS (Global Center for Advanced Studies) and Philosophical Practicioner
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Subject: Writing

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Considering good writing comes from a place of inspiration and interest and the practicality of using a tutor to aid in writing we ask - How can an assignment be written well?

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First, the writer must identify in their work what their inspiration to do so comes from. Is it an obligation? Is it form passion? Perhaps it is both. If it is from passion, then personal inspiration is there. However, if it from an obligation, then we need to identify what personal connection to the work can be made. This includes identifying attitudes, judgments, knowledge, ideas, etc. on the subject of work to see if new perspectives can lead to a passion. Now, after these have been considered and there is a passion towards the project we need to find what the interests are. That is to ask: what can you learn from this information? And, why is it important to you? Finally, how will the work benefit you? Once we know all these answers. The rest becomes technical. Does your introduction draw in the reader and demonstrate the purpose of that the writer has for the work? How does the body of the work go? Are questions asked and answered? Is there more information to consider? What do we now know? Is there a dialect form? The paper cannot be one-sided. There must be two sides, and form a third, this is where the new information comes from and demonstrates the ability to write well. Finally, is the reader satisfied with the conclusion? So, that when they are done reading they feel that have learned something, and it is now important to them as well. These should all be considerations and will come with knowing the inspiration and importance.

Subject: Philosophy

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Considering the expanse of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the modern period, and the introduction of Eastern, African, and Indigenous philosophies to the philosophical education, along with scientific truths that must be placed in the philosophical dialogue now, we can ask - How does one be a modern philosopher?

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Well, first we need to define a philosopher. We say simply, it is a person who is in love with wisdom. Ok, then we ask how does one love wisdom in the modern period. This requires both an epistemological question - what is wisdom?; and, an ontological question - what is the modern period? If we take wisdom to mean 'the knowledge that passes through time without losing meaning or application' as if it is almost 'a priori' in essence, but 'a posteriori' in existence, that meaning that it is not needed to be experienced to be known, but is known to be needed for experience, then we can see that wisdom is knowledge that is transcendental, or applicable everywhere. However, because this is an epistemological question, we need to ask - where does this knowledge come from? Generally, we can say, 'common sense'. That is to say, that being a lover of wisdom, is also being a lover of common sense. So now our question becomes what is common sense in the modern period? But first, we still need to define what is the modern period. If we take our assumption to use common sense, we see that the modern period is probably the period that became industrial, technological, and similar attitudes and values towards political and social ideas. But, this being an ontological question, we need to discuss what it is, in its 'being', more deeply. Therefore, our question becomes: how do we know what it is? More specifically: how do we have the wisdom to know what the modern period is being? Well, while this formulation is not any different from the formation of question that the Ancient Greek designed, the addition of a global network or information from all over the world has to be programmed into the education of philosophy. That is what it is to be a modern philosopher - is to add all the modern manners of being into how one creates questions and looks for answers. For example, perhaps a question in Guatemalan artists question of beauty can be advised and thought about using Shinto influences. Perhaps political philosophy in Egypt can be answered with ancient Mayan ethics. Really, it seems that loving wisdom in the modern age requires loving the modern age for its ability to add to the love of wisdom.

Subject: Sociology

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Considering the popularity of post-modern thought that went thought Western Europe and North America in the 1970s and continuing through the present. What change occurs from the educated populations in their relation to the working population?

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Well, besides the classic bourgeois/proletariat dichotomy that is already in place, this division is then added upon by certain pedagogical characteristics found in post-modernism. Those primarily being related to materialism, polysemy, gender studies, and a general idea of absolute progressivism. From this educational background of looking at things through a high progressive intellect, there is almost no room to consider traditional modes of thinking, those certainly not post-modern and perhaps not even modern. What this then means is that there is to be a further division between the two classes, the educated class, and the working class. That division not being strictly economic anymore, but in value as well, meaning there is a cultural shift. However, it should be noted that this does not pertain to one facet of life, but is a new cultural form that is introduced by the educated class and in fairly true contraposition to the classic proletariat/working class. This means that while certain jobs that are required to have a degree background are working with subordinates who are not, there will be a division in their values and where those values come from. So that the 'boss' will have a different attitude from the worker. So, while there are to be classic differences in the classic dichotomy of the bourgeois/proletariat and/or boss/worker, now there will be introduced a new division of values based on the differences between post-modern thought and traditional norms will emerge in the workplace.

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