Written by Ooi Teck Chye Introduction I think it is fair to say that many people, at some point or another, have engaged in piracy in some form. It could be a song, movie, TV series or game, or even just a copy of a ridiculously-priced textbook you downloaded online. In this article, I want … Continue reading Opinion: Piracy and the “I Never Would Have Bought It” Argument
Written by Anthony Tan The current literature on human enhancement is generally divided between “pro-enhancement” and “anti-enhancement”. However, in Allen Buchanan’s Beyond Humanity?, Buchanan advocates a different framework for the enhancement debate – to drop the “pro-enhancement” stance and instead, compare between “anti-enhancement” in which all enhancement as such and as a whole ought to … Continue reading Essay: The Ethics of Human Enhancement — When is Genetic Engineering Acceptable or Absolutely Necessary?
Written by Sonya Ng Both Lakatos’ and Kuhn’s conceptions of what makes a good scientific theory appear to conflict, because the former has the opinion that the latter is presuming that science is irrational. Yet this is not the case. In this essay, I shall compare both their theories and make a case for Kuhn … Continue reading Essay: Lakatos and Kuhn on What Makes a Good Scientific Theory
Written by Chan Kei Nin This paper argues that both actualism and possibilism are inadequate in providing a satisfactory answer to whether Professor Procrastinate, as a consequentialist, ought to accept or decline the invitation to write a book review. The paper explores the main problems of actualism and possibilism that lead to this inadequacy, and … Continue reading Essay: The Strange Case of Professor Procrastinate and Consequentialism
Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli Chapter 26 (On the Action of the Child) of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (Chinese: 大般涅槃經 / Sanskrit: महायान महापरिनिर्वाण सूत्र), is a strange and fascinating portion in the entire corpus of the Sutra. Reading it, one cannot be blamed if one thinks that this chapter seems to be arbitrarily placed into the … Continue reading Longform: The Child-turned Dharma Wheel – An Analysis of Chapter 26 of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra
Written by Kashsmeraa Santhanam The Oneness of God stands to be one of the most fundamental and fiercely heralded doctrines in the tradition of Abrahamic religions. Amidst their mutual belief in the precept of monotheism, there are palpable differences across the three religions in their theological manifestations of this monotheistic axiom – differences which have … Continue reading Essay: Rationalising Homoousios – An Evaluation of the Christian Understanding of Divine Unity
Written by Ng Ling Xuan, Photograph by Ngiam Li Yi Buddha-nature can be analogised as enlightenment, which is the typical goal for the Buddhist after realizing the Four Noble Truths and practising the Noble Eightfold Path by accumulating good karma, developing meditational wisdom and thereby extricating from suffering. This could be physical suffering, or suffering … Continue reading Essay: The Paradox of Buddha-Nature – Vasubandhu and Tiantai Buddhism