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

Essay: On Interpretation – A Pluralistic Account of the Experience of an Artwork

By Ngiam Li Yi In this essay, taking the experience of an artwork to be an engagement with the artwork beyond just mere glances, I propose that there is no single way of experiencing an artwork, and that every experience of an artwork involves an encounter with the artist’s expression and a variable. This variable … Continue reading Essay: On Interpretation – A Pluralistic Account of the Experience of an Artwork

Essay: Bad Words

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