About the NYPR:
The Nanyang Philosophy Review is a publication run by the students of Nanyang Technological University’s philosophy programme. It began when likeminded individuals gathered with the aim of creating a platform for undergraduates to share ideas in philosophy. It is through the publishing of essays, research papers, and opinion editorials that the NYPR hopes to cultivate an environment for vigorous, but healthy debate. This endeavour is an inclusive one: the NYPR’s ultimate aim is to make academic philosophy more accessible to a wide audience.
Current NYPR Team (AY 17/18)
Yuka Kamamoto is a Philosophy undergraduate at NTU. Her interests include Chinese philosophy, particularly Daoist thought. She previously studied Film, Sound and Video at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and has worked in a few local film productions such as Apprentice (2016) and 7 Letters (2015). In her free time, she enjoys reading novels and watching films.
Anthony Tan was a biological science undergraduate at NTU but he took a leap of faith into philosophy – he is now a philosophy major. His passion for science, however, still remains and he recently had a short stint with Asian Scientist Magazine as an editorial intern. He believes that scientists—and anyone, really—can learn and benefit much from the study of philosophy at any level. His interests include the philosophy of science, bioethics, and moral epistemology. But if he’s not found philosophising, you could find him with his laptop playing online chess, coding, or trying to finish writing a short sci-fi story.
Chan Kei Nin is a Philosophy undergraduate at NTU. Her primary research interests include bioethics, metaethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law. She was an intern at the Bioethics Advisory Committee Secretariat during the past summer break. Outside of her academic pursuits, Kei Nin has been involved competitively in target sports from shooting to archery for more than a decade, and has more recently begun to engage recreationally in boxing. In her free time, she indulges in musicals, books, and 70’s & 80’s hard rock.
Kashsmeraa Santhanam, a Philosophy undergraduate, is a fledging who is currently riding the meandering currents of philosophy. She has tried her hand at policy drafting and was an avid MUNner (Model United Nations) in a past lifetime. Her academic interests gravitate towards the fields of political philosophy and philosophy of race & gender. Nevertheless, she doesn’t “like labels” and as such, is open to indulging in other philosophical pies. In other anecdotes, Kash is very invested in social progress, dedicating herself to reconciling the seemingly insurmountable gap between her and the seat at the Oval Office. Apart from that, Kash is a self proclaimed culture vulture who over- consumes film, fashion and literature. She is also an art “hoe” who claims to know the difference between Magritte and Matisse.
Koo Hao Wei is a Philosophy undergraduate at NTU.
Marcus Teo is a Philosophy undergraduate (2nd major in Psychology) with a background in research psychology. A self-declared hedonist, his interests primarily include moral psychology, moral epistemology, and metaethics. He secondarily works on philosophy of mind and political philosophy. He has worked on two publications presented at the 2013 Student Research Awards held by the Singapore Psychological Society. Outside of academic endeavours, he performs as a classically trained percussionist, collects fountain pens, and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
Melissa Chang is a Philosophy (2nd major Public Policy & Global Affairs) undergraduate at NTU. Her interests lie in ethics and political philosophy. She previously studied Mass Communication at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and was a freelance writer for SPH Magazines. When she’s not contemplating (and often despairing) over current affairs, she also manages Nanyang Philosophy as its current Chairperson. Her interests include hiking, travel, pop culture, and musicals.
Ng Ling Xuan is a Philosophy major at NTU. Her ever-evolving philosophical interests range from philosophy of mind/perception to existentialism and metaethics, and from Buddhist philosophy to Daoist thought. She has been involved in editorial work at Heavy Metal Tribune, of which she is a co-founder. In her free time, Ling Xuan consumes music/films copiously, practices Cardistry, and is a huge fan of craft beers.
Ooi Teck Chye is a Philosophy major at NTU. His main interest is in ethics. He holds the firm belief that philosophy should be accessible and practically applicable, and of interest to everyone, not just philosophy majors. In his free time, Teck Chye engages in a ridiculous amount of hobbies and other interests, the least impressive of which includes copious amounts of gaming. He is also interested in music and film, camping and hiking, and has experience with Parkour and Muay Thai.
Sonya Ng is a second-year undergraduate majoring in Philosophy, in NTU. She’s a lover of pasta, and a devout atheist. Her philosophical interests lie in Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Literature and Existentialism. Sonya makes jewelry, reads and writes fiction in her free time. She’s also a bit of a Russophile and got a paid scholarship to study Russian in Russia last summer.
Zulhaqem Zulkifli is a Philosophy undergraduate at NTU. His interests includes Buddhist philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Hindu philosophy, Existentialism, Religious philosophy and Political Philosophy. Zulhaqem is a also a volunteer leader in Engaging Hearts, a volunteer group which aids the elderly, poor, and disabled. In his free time, he writes poetry, paints, play games, reads and is also a practitioner of the martial art of Silat. At nightfall, he can be found outside gazing at the night skies, especially on full moon nights, from which he gets inspiration for his poetry.
June Ming is an artist from Penang, Malaysia. She’s currently studying animation in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, focusing on 3D character animation. Besides animation, she enjoys digital painting and adventure seeking, and appreciating the little things in life. Check out more of her illustrations at https://juneming.wixsite.com/artist
Ngiam Li Yi is a Year 4 Philosophy undergraduate with a penchant for illustration.
Yan Han is an animation major at NTU ADM whose main beliefs are Skyflakes spread with kaviar, and Dorito chips. She is apparently a “bubbly and cheerful soul who has accepted the futility of life and the ambivalence of existence” (Ting, P., 2017). What is left of her is currently being taken over by her final year animation film and the various motion graphics/art experiments she does when it gets too late at night.
NYPR Team (AY 16/17)
Shalom Chalson is a Philosophy major at NTU. Her interests include political philosophy and the philosophy of mind. She has some experience in the media and publications — she was a writer at the Nanyang Chronicle, a member of the SGIFF’s Youth Jury, and an editor at her JC’s paper.
Frederick Choo is a Philosophy undergraduate and research assistant at NTU. His primary interests lie in the philosophy of religion, metaethics, and the epistemology of disagreement. He is a blog contributor at moralapologetics.com and he helps to lead Reasonable Faith Singapore. His non-intellectual hobbies include music and magic.
Harisan Nasir was a Philosophy major at NTU. His interests are in bioethics, political philosophy and philosophical Daoism. He is also a defender of potato-ism, the doctrine stating that everything is either potato or not-potato. He previously interned at the Bioethics Advisory Committee Secretariat and believes that ideas from philosophers should be applied to certain matters of public policy. In his spare time, Harisan can be found setting up the official Nanyang Philosophy Society.