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?
By Ooi Teck Chye I’ll begin with a disclaimer: I’m a gamer and I have been addicted to video games. When you’re a kid, it’s difficult to control your impulses. It makes sense to keep addictive substances controlled and away from children. But we don’t do the same thing with addictive media. I’m looking to … Continue reading Opinion: Game’s Addiction
By Zulhaqem Zulkifli Supernatural Mozi: Importance of the role of the supernatural One of the salient features of Mohist doctrine is the particular utility of supernatural elements, most prominently seen in chapter twenty-six (Heaven’s Will) and chapter thirty-one (On Ghosts) in the core chapters of the Mo Zi. The supernatural, in this context, consists of … Continue reading Longform: Supernatural Mozi
Philosophy undergraduates, Harisan Nasir and Ng Ling Xuan sat down for an interview with Associate Professor Franklin Perkins. They talked about philosophy, grad school, house fires, and Bruce Lee. NYPR: What prompted you to become a philosopher? Prof. Franklin Perkins: I was always interested in reading a lot and in ideas and so in college I double … Continue reading Conversation: Assoc. Prof. Franklin Perkins
By Samantha Goh In this essay, I aim to evaluate whether Kripke’s direct reference theory of proper names or Russell’s descriptivist theory of proper names offers a better analyses of the meanings of the sentences (A) “Sam is not dead” and (B) “I am not dead”, as spoken by Sam. I will first discuss Kripke’s theory and … Continue reading Essay: On Proper Names
By Marcus Teo The li refers to the ritual principles that arise from conscious activity, commonly cited alongside yi, or humaneness. His strong emphasis on li and yi remain apparent throughout The Xunzi. Also referred to as appropriate behaviour or ritual propriety (Lai 41 – 43), Xunzi posits that li is necessary in inculcating positive, … Continue reading Essay: Xunzi’s Li and Human Nature