Written by Ng Ling Xuan, Photograph by Ngiam Li Yi Buddha-nature can be analogised as enlightenment, which is the typical goal for the Buddhist after realizing the Four Noble Truths and practising the Noble Eightfold Path by accumulating good karma, developing meditational wisdom and thereby extricating from suffering. This could be physical suffering, or suffering … Continue reading Essay: The Paradox of Buddha-Nature – Vasubandhu and Tiantai Buddhism
Written by Ng Ling Xuan, Artwork by Ngiam Li Yi This article will explore the implications of existential living amidst the claim that life has no inherent, predetermined and objective meaning. Firstly, the foundation of world’s meaninglessness will be laid out. With the background understanding that the world is meaningless, authenticity will be explicated as an … Continue reading Essay: Living and Existing – What is it like to live as an Existentialist
By Ng Ling Xuan Scruton and Bloom argue that rock music weakens the morals of listeners by bringing easy pleasure. In this essay, I will attempt to address this claim. I will argue, firstly, that the usage of the formal classical music framework on rock music should be reconsidered. Secondly, the active engagement that rock … Continue reading Longform: A Defence of Rock Music
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?
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