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 A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State
Written by Kashsmeraa Santhanam, Artwork by Ngiam Li Yi The term moral luck often serves as a point of contention against philosophical accounts on moral responsibility. Moral luck can be specifically construed as the occurrence when “an agent can be correctly treated as an object of moral judgment despite the fact that a significant aspect of … Continue reading Essay: A Stoic Approach to Moral Luck
By Marcus Teo At the heart of Aristotelian virtue ethics is Aristotle’s pursuit of the life well-lived, or Eudaimoina. To this purpose, Aristotle postulates that an individual who has lived such a life – a Eudaimon – is one who has successfully sought out the greatest good, also referred to as Summum Bonum (SB). Here, … Continue reading Essay: Pleasure as Aristotle’s Summum Bonum
By Ooi Teck Chye You and I Are Gonna Live Forever The concept of “mind uploading” is no longer a novel or uncommon one in our current climate, with new and exciting technologies on the rise. It is likely still well beyond our reach, but thanks to science fiction in popular media and advances in … Continue reading Summer Series: Why Mind Uploading Might be a Bad Idea
By Melissa Chang In the wake of the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Change agreement, it seems that environmental conservation and climate change is controversial once again. Although many other countries and American corporations have reiterated their commitment to fighting climate change, there is no doubt that the withdrawal of the US from … Continue reading Summer Series: Examining Environmental Ethics
By Harisan Nasir The sciences of reproduction has a significant focus on enabling couples to obtain genetically-related children. We see this in procedures such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and more recently, In-Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG). This, despite the fact that there are millions of already existing children out there that could benefit from being adopted. Are … Continue reading Summer Series: What is the Importance of Genetic Relations?
By Zulhaqem Zulkifli Introduction In this paper, I will attempt to show the utility of the dream motif in encouraging a scepticism of reality. I will first explicate the concept of the dream argument, allowing me to compare dream motifs in The Elder Scrolls and the Zhuangzi. This would be followed by a comparison between … Continue reading Essay: The Dream Motif – Zhuangzi and The Elder Scrolls