A few weeks ago, two students from NTU’s philosophy programme, R Kumaran and Esther Goh, sat down with Professor Julia Driver from Washington University in St. Louis. They talked about her interests in the field, eastern philosophy, and kindles. NYPR: First off, why did you decide to get a PhD in Philosophy? Prof. Julia Driver: … Continue reading Conversation: Professor Julia Driver
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 Yuka Kamamoto Both Simone de Beauvoir and Zhuangzi recognize that humans do not have a fixed essence and are concerned with constructing an ethics that respects and prioritizes human freedom. In this paper, I explore the similarities of both thinkers with regard to their rejection of absolute moral standards, and their views on personal … Continue reading Summer Series: Simone de Beauvoir and Zhuangzi – An Ethics Prioritising Freedom
By Marcus Teo Consider the following scenario: Burglary: A burglar plots to break into an old woman’s house on a Sunday morning, a time when he knows she’s always at church. One Sunday he creeps up to her back window and smashes it with a hammer. After he looks inside, he sees that the old … Continue reading Summer Series: A Reversal Test on Moral Luck, and a Defence of Virtue Ethics
Written By Shalom Chalson, Artwork by Ngiam Li Yi We’ve all had to make difficult decisions, particularly when the implications of our would-be actions reach beyond just us to the people around us. Ethical frameworks and theories can help order our thoughts so we can make informed decisions which sufficiently take those implications into consideration. Who … Continue reading Summer Series: Editor’s Note
By Marcus Teo The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken the 21st century by storm, mechanising many processes that were once considered accessible only to human intelligence. Recent progress in AI see advents such as self-driving cars, representing AI’s involvement in the realm of moral cognition. For instance, the AI of self-driving cars must … Continue reading Essay: Mechanising Moral Cognition