By Ooi Tech Chye Introduction In Moralizing Technology, Peter-Paul Verbeek argues that technology plays an active role in morality by shaping our moral decisions — it is a part of the world in which our moral decisions take place. He further argues that this implies two levels of agency; on a basic level, the agency … Continue reading Essay: From Computers to Consequentialism
By Koo Hao Wei Introduction The book of Huainanzi is a unique piece of work as a result of its fusion of various ancient Chinese schools of thought. Its purpose was purported to serve as a “model curriculum for a monarch-in-training” (Major & Queen et al. 1). The monarch, at various chapters of the book … Continue reading Essay: Huainanzi – Non-Action
By Shalom Chalson Introduction Slurs are expressions that demean or insult. Debate regarding the offensiveness of slurs has produced three theories of slurs: semantic, pragmatic, and prohibitionist. In this essay, I will attempt to argue that Combinatorial Externalism (CE), a semantic theory, offers the best explanation for the offensiveness of slurs. I believe this to … Continue reading Essay: Bad Words
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 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 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