Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson

Former philosophy undergraduate, Harisan Nasir, and current philosophy undergraduate, Shalom Chalson, recently had the opportunity to speak with Australian philosopher, Professor Frank Jackson. This is their email interview. NYPR: How did you come to study, work in, and teach philosophy?  Professor Frank Jackson: My parents were both philosophers, that was certainly a factor. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson

Summer Series: What is the Importance of Genetic Relations?

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?

Summer Series: Simone de Beauvoir and Zhuangzi – An Ethics Prioritising Freedom

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

Summer Series: A Reversal Test on Moral Luck, and a Defence of Virtue Ethics

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