By Ng Ling Xuan Logical empiricists worked towards a “formal theory of confirmation”. This “formal theory” is an extension and application of deductive logic. In this essay, I will first explicate the workings and merits of deductive logic. Secondly, I will describe science’s close ties to inductive logic. Next, I will explain the motivation for … Continue reading Essay: What is the Grue Problem?
By Harisan Nasir Often, the form of government most aspired to in our modern time is that of the Democracy. But there are reasons both for and against the pursuit of this social arrangement. Many take that it either stands or falls on epistemic grounds. In this essay, I will first present an argument for … Continue reading Essay: A Defence of a Sceptical Democracy
By Yuka Kamamoto Introduction In Chinese moral philosophy, Daoism is often misunderstood as moral nihilism or anti-moralism (Xu 525) with regards to the following passage in Chapter 18 of the Daodejing: When the great Way [dao] is abandoned, there are benevolence [ren] and righteousness [yi]. When wisdom and intelligence come forth, there is great hypocrisy. … Continue reading Essay: Dao as the Basis for Morality
By Frederick Choo Two famous existentialists, Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre, believe human beings to be incomplete. In this article, I will first briefly outline Sartre’s view on incompleteness. Then I will turn to Heidegger’s view and show how it links to the existential implications of death. Lastly, I will argue that a Christian, who … Continue reading Essay: On Incompleteness and Being
By Melissa Chang In the wake of the recent US election, the dust has (somewhat) settled, and the pointing of fingers has subsided (well, almost). However, one figure that has emerged blameworthy in the last few weeks is Facebook. Facebook has been accused of perpetuating and spreading ‘fake news’ which influenced voters. This presumably is … Continue reading Opinion: Care to Curate
By Marcus Teo Confucius (Kongzi; Kung-tzu) often comes to mind at the mention of Chinese Philosophy. Confucius was renowned for his positions on virtue ethics in the form of reference to one’s ren, yi, li, zhi, and xin as individual virtues. In this essay, I will refer mostly to the virtues ren, yi, and li … Continue reading Essay: Confucius and Moral Psychology
By Shalom Chalson What leads to our perception of mind-independent objects? Perhaps, looking at things in front of us stimulates our neurones to fire in specific ways. And the image we “see” is a result of that firing. Or maybe, we see things as they are — the red tomato is seen “redly” or “roundly”. The … Continue reading Longform: Do I See What I See?