Essay: Religious Afterlife and The Problem of Personal Identity

Written by Chan Kei Nin, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han Most world religions believe in an afterlife. Abrahamic religions like Islam and Christianity tend to believe in resurrection, while Dharmaic religions like Buddhism and Hinduism tend to believe in reincarnation. Be it Abrahamic or Dharmaic, in order for an afterlife to be meaningful or relevant … Continue reading Essay: Religious Afterlife and The Problem of Personal Identity

Essay: An Exploration of Daoxin’s Buddha nature and Samkhya’s Purusha

Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han The idea of Buddha-nature or Buddhadhatu is a major theme that runs throughout much of Buddhism, especially throughout the Mahayana (“Great Vehicle”) Chan Schools of thought. Buddha nature can be defined as the latent potentiality or essence that exists in us, which would allow us to … Continue reading Essay: An Exploration of Daoxin’s Buddha nature and Samkhya’s Purusha

Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Written by Marcus Teo, Artwork by June Ming In the present work, I provide a defense of the Lockean contractarian view. Specifically, I argue that Locke’s view succeeds in justifying the authority of states as an alternative to the state of nature by maximizing welfare. Even in Locke’s optimistic view of the state of nature, … Continue reading Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson

Former philosophy undergraduate, Harisan Nasir, and current philosophy undergraduate, Shalom Chalson, recently had the opportunity to speak with Australian philosopher, Professor Frank Jackson. This is their email interview. NYPR: How did you come to study, work in, and teach philosophy?  Professor Frank Jackson: My parents were both philosophers, that was certainly a factor. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson