By Koo Hao Wei The Buddha taught non-self as the way to Nirvana. I argue that the widely held interpretation of non-self – there simply being no self – does not address the delusional self. On further inspection, this links the issue and implications of the non-self to that of false perceptions and introspection. The … Continue reading Summer Series: From ‘Non-self’ to Mind
Philosophers have been battling with the mind for centuries. In the Seventeenth Century, René Descartes posited a duality between the mind and the body. According to Descartes, matter is material and the mind is immaterial. The Princess of Bohemia, Elisabeth, then asked an explanation as to how it is the mind could then causally act … Continue reading Summer Series: Editor’s Note
By Melissa Chang In the wake of the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Change agreement, it seems that environmental conservation and climate change is controversial once again. Although many other countries and American corporations have reiterated their commitment to fighting climate change, there is no doubt that the withdrawal of the US from … Continue reading Summer Series: Examining Environmental Ethics
By Harisan Nasir The sciences of reproduction has a significant focus on enabling couples to obtain genetically-related children. We see this in procedures such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and more recently, In-Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG). This, despite the fact that there are millions of already existing children out there that could benefit from being adopted. Are … Continue reading Summer Series: What is the Importance of Genetic Relations?
By Ooi Teck Chye What is Spec Ops: The Line? In a long-running video game series, Spec Ops: The Line, is the first release in 10 years. While the earlier titles were simple, straightforward military games, Spec Ops: The Line parades as one so it can really mess with your head. Instead of a review … Continue reading Summer Series: What We Can Learn About Decision-making from Spec Ops: The Line
By Yuka Kamamoto Both Simone de Beauvoir and Zhuangzi recognize that humans do not have a fixed essence and are concerned with constructing an ethics that respects and prioritizes human freedom. In this paper, I explore the similarities of both thinkers with regard to their rejection of absolute moral standards, and their views on personal … Continue reading Summer Series: Simone de Beauvoir and Zhuangzi – An Ethics Prioritising Freedom
By Marcus Teo Consider the following scenario: Burglary: A burglar plots to break into an old woman’s house on a Sunday morning, a time when he knows she’s always at church. One Sunday he creeps up to her back window and smashes it with a hammer. After he looks inside, he sees that the old … Continue reading Summer Series: A Reversal Test on Moral Luck, and a Defence of Virtue Ethics