Compare and contrast the positions of two philosophers (Descartes and Hume) with respect to the ‘God Hypothesis’ OR ‘Naturalism’
Order Description
Write a single essay in response to the following topic:
Compare and contrast the positions of two philosophers (Descartes and Hume) with respect to the ‘God Hypothesis’ OR ‘Naturalism’ . (Choose’God Hypothesis’ OR ‘Naturalism’)
The God Hypothesis is the notion that God is hypothesized in order to answer the following sorts of questions: Why are we here? What is the world like? What is the meaning of Life? How can we know anything? How do we determine how to act? etc.

Naturalism is the idea that, in answering such questions, we seek to find our answers in terms of the world that we observe, or experience, or otherwise directly interact with via our senses and bodies, rather than in terms of supernatural entities (like God, or gods, or faeries, etc.).

DO NOT attempt to, for example, compare the entirety of Descartes’ meditations with the entirety of Hume’s dialogues concerning natural religion. That is NOT what I want ! !

You need to select SPECIFIC arguments, or lines of thought, offered by two philosophers (Descartes and Hume) that you believe bear directly upon the ‘God Hypothesis’ and discuss these particular arguments or lines of thought. (IMPORTANT!!)
You can Only cite from the books I uploaded to you(with Page Numbers). Make sure they are match! I need to find your citation on that page! Do not cite from others. Use your own words otherwise you will fail this course and get plagiarism!
This essay should be typewritten pages with one inch margins.

Please pay attention that this paper is completely different from the one you wrote last time(Is God innate?) You cannot use similar sentences.

Descartes: Meditations on first philosophy, From http://selfpace.uconn.edu/class/percep/DescartesMeditations.pdf
Descartes: Objections to the meditations and Descartes’s replies, From
http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/descartes1642_3.pdf
David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/hume1779.pdf

1. Choose the theme you want to work with (a certain era like elizabethan or victorian, imagery, symbol, etc.,)

comparative literature
Choose one of the questions to answer:
1. Analyze the conflicts between personal integrity (commitment to a personal ideal) and social norms in three of the readings.

2. What is success in life? Does failure teach us how to live? Show how some of the works in our reading list shed light on these questions.

Reading lists:
Chateaubriand, René;
Henry James, The Beast in the Jungle;
T.S. Eliot, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’;
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse;
Camus, The Stranger;
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman;
John Willians, Stoner

Learning & re-learning
This video assignment is to be watched and provided an opposite view of the lecture. Why you disagree with the points presented and if there are points that are valid or useful why.

The following video is below:
the book reference to the video is:
Dr. John Seely Brown, Based on his book, The Only Sustainable Edge: Why Business Strategy Depends on Productive Friction and Dynamic Specialization (2005),

December 6, 2006 Lecture

Summary of assignment:
Dr. John Seely Brown

See https://video.mit.edu/watch/relearning-learning-applying-the-long-tail-to-learning-9174/

Presentation Summary :

In a digitally connected, rapidly evolving world, we must transcend the traditional Cartesian models of learning that prescribe “pouring knowledge into somebody’s head,” says Dr. John Seely Brown. We learn through our interactions with others and the world, he says, and there’s no more perfect medium for enabling this than an increasingly open and organized World Wide Web.

Instructions:

• Read each of the questions carefully. You will demonstrate your analytical ability best by answering only the question that is asked.

• Please make sure that you have all 4 pages of this 4-page exam, as well as the article “Getting Tesla from Here to There” (contained in a separate .pdf file).

• Answers will be graded based both on their correctness and on their quality. Higher quality answers are concise, persuasive, supported by evidence, and apply the concepts of the course appropriately. You will be graded on the LOGIC and ANALYSIS in your answer, not the particular vocabulary that you use. However, I expect you to apply the concepts we have discussed in class appropriately.

• Generous length guidelines will be given for each question. Ideal answers will fit well within these guidelines. Longer answers will be accepted, but it is difficult for an answer to both exceed the length guidelines and be concise (see above).

No Outside Sources are Needed

Part I: Conceptual Questions – Answer all 5 questions (8 pts. each/40 pts. total).

Instructions: Answer True, False or Uncertain – with an explanation (a concise explanation for each would not exceed 150 words). You will be graded on the quality of your explanation.

1. Firm strategies are evaluated based on their ability to maximize profits, which are equal to (P – C)* Q.

True, False, or Uncertain: This means firms should organize their efforts around becoming their industry’s efficiency leader by taking every opportunity to lower its costs.

2. Hold-up will lead to vertical integration if the threat of ex post opportunism makes a supplier unwilling to make the necessary investments to provide the input.

True, False or Uncertain: The hold-up problem is more severe in a case where the terms of the optimal contract between a buyer and supplier can be written very concretely and can be credibly enforced by a neutral third party.

3. On December 4, 2012, it was announced that Netflix had reached a deal with Walt Disney to acquire exclusive internet streaming rights for Disney, Pixar and Marvel films. A NY Times analyst noted “with the Disney deal, Netflix will be able to offer customers exclusive access to a pipeline of films that are reliably some of the year’s biggest box-office successes.”

True, False, or Uncertain: The exclusive rights represent a resource that will contribute to a competitive advantage for Netflix.

4. SkyMedia pioneered the airplane advertising business above Chicago. The firm uses small planes with banners attached to them, and it flies these planes over events with a large number of spectators, such as Chicago Bears football games and outdoor music festivals. Upon observing Sky’s success, another firm, Air Media, acquired a fleet of small planes, equipped them to tow banners, and entered the airplane advertising industry. Price competition soon followed, driving the price of airplane advertising from $400/hour to $250/hour. Sky responded by buying Air Media at a substantial premium and signing Air Media’s (now-former) owner to a non-compete clause.

True, False, or Uncertain: Since Air Media was Sky Media’s only significant competitor, Sky’s purchase of Air Media is likely to restore Sky’s long-term profitability.
5. Physicians have developed a treatment protocol in which three drugs made by separate pharmaceutical companies, when used in combination, are very effective in treating a rare blood disorder.

True, False, or Uncertain: Because all three drugs are necessary for effective treatment, each generates the same amount of “added value” for the pharmaceutical company that produces it.
Part II: New Article Questions – Answer all three questions (60 pts. total)

In “Getting Tesla From Here to There,” a journalist for the New York Times recounts his experience at a Tesla dealership in Manhattan. The writer, James B. Stewart, describes the publicly traded company’s efforts to reinvent “the automobile with a zero emission, all-electric model that in performance, appearance, technology and comfort puts the legacy automakers to shame.” Please read the attached article and answer the three questions below. You will not need to do additional research beyond the article to effectively answer the questions.
1. (20 points) Along with its electric capabilities, a Tesla automobile includes features such as sleek styling, internet capabilities and rapid 0-to-60 acceleration. The article notes that most Tesla customers are already driving BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class, Porsches and other high-end performance cars.

Evaluate Tesla’s strategic decision to design its electric vehicle as a “high-end” luxury car. Under what conditions would such an approach lead to success? What would be the advantages of producing a more “affordable” version of the Tesla instead? (a concise explanation would not exceed 250 words)

2. (20 points) As part of the development process, Tesla has applied for and received patent protection for hundreds of innovations relating to the design of battery packs, charging stations, and engine design. Yet, in July 2014, Tesla Motors announced that it would no longer protect its patents if other companies were to develop electric cars using Tesla’s intellectual property. Effectively, Tesla’s decision allows any competitor to replicate the features of Tesla’s cars, including those features that are currently unique to Tesla’s vehicles.

In class, we mentioned that patents are assets that can prevent competitors from imitating the sources of a firm’s competitive advantage. Given this, how could giving away its intellectual property contribute to Tesla’s long-term profits? (a concise explanation would not exceed 250 words)

3. (20 points) In October of 2014, Tesla acquired a 980-acre industrial park east of Reno, Nevada and began construction of its “gigafactory” where it will manufacture lithium-ion batteries for its next generation of automobiles. Provide (and explain) two reasons why a “make” strategy may be better than a “buy” strategy for Tesla when it comes to batteries? Hint: use the conceptual ideas from the vertical integration topic will be useful in organizing your answer. (a concise explanation would not exceed 250 words)

perform the critical analysis of CSR approaches put forward by HTC with application of ethical theories and more ( please read description).

perform the critical analysis of CSR approaches put forward by HTC with application of ethical theories and more ( please read description).

Order Description
Here is a base of what specifically needs to be done:
1) Company introduction and justification of selection of HTC
. Clearly justify your choice, using both theoretical and empirical arguments.
Both at the empirical level (relevance of the company, activities and operations, personal interests) as well as with specific respect to the course (is the company in a controversial industry? Is there a debate about the social impact of the company’s operations?). Clearly identify the issues faced by the company (250 words).
250 words altogether
4. Introduce the main stakeholders for the company. Describe their claims and analyse their importance and nature using consolidated theories and relevant empirical data. Would a social enterprise address the needs of the stakeholders better? 400 words

5. Analysis of CSR approach in different countries CSR is a “time and place specific” concept. How does the company compare to the companies of specifically apple, Samsung, HP? how the company is operating in some emerging markets and what are the differences, challenges and opportunities it is facing. You are expected to support your arguments consulting journal articles and other sources. 400 words

6. Critical assessment on the CSR strategy of the company, and critically assess the CSR strategy of HP Do you think the company is addressing its responsibilities? Why? How would you assess the effectiveness of the CSR strategy? Any interesting comparative examples apple,Samsung or HP? What social enterprise initiatives could be used by your chosen or proposed new company?
400 words

Recommendation for future changes and proposal for a social enterprise in your chosen sector. Put forward recommendations for a social enterprise alternatives and/or a social enterprise plan. Which area of further development can you identify? Considering other relevant examples, can you suggest any other action? Learning from the SCR issues of other competitors specifically apple, Samsung, HP, what lessons can be learned for an ethical, social enterprise?
475 words
Sources must be from at least:

Blowfield M. Murray A. 2011 Corporate Responsibility. A critical introduction, 2nd Edition Oxford
University Press Buchholtz A.K Carroll A.B. 2012 Business and Society. Ethics and Stakeholder Management, 8th Edition South Western, Cengage Learning
Crane A. Matten D. 2010 Business Ethics. 3rd Edition Oxford University Press
Kotler, P. and Lee, N. (2005) “Best of Breed: When it Comes to Gaining A market Edge while Supporting a Social Cause, “Corporate Social Marketing” Leads the Pack”, Social Marketing Quarterly, Vol. 11 Issue 3/4, p91-103
Gartner W.B. Bellamy M.G. 2010 Enterprise South-Western Cengage Learning
Treviño L.K , Nelson K.A 2007 Managing Business Ethics. Straight talk about how to do it right, 4th edition John Wiley & Sons
Werther W.B. Chandler D. 2011 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. Stakeholders in a global environment, 2nd Edition Sage Publications
Griseri, P., and Seppala, N. (2010) Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, SouthWestern Cengage Learning.
Fraedrich J., Ferrell L., and Ferrell O.C. (2011) Ethical Decision Making in Business, 9th Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning
You are also expected to do further research on sources and find more text books and online sources to add for your essay.

Write a Validity: External, internal, construct Paper
For this assignment, based on your topic of interest, write a paper in which you compare and contrast the characteristics of external, internal, and construct validity. Also, please identify the threats to external and construct validity. Please discuss how validity issues could impact your envisioned research. Please also use titles and subtitles and the correct citations!!

Topic of interest: Investigate if it’s useful or not to appoint female coaches to male teams. What problems may appear? I am pro women!!

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages.
References: Minimum of 3-5 scholarly resources.

Resources:
Cozby, P. C. (2012) Methods in behavioral research.

Read Chapter 4 and 5
Creswell, J. W. (2013) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.

Read Chapters 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7
Trochim, W., & Donnelly, J. (2008) The research methods knowledge base

Read Chapters 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7