Written by Anthony Tan The current literature on human enhancement is generally divided between “pro-enhancement” and “anti-enhancement”. However, in Allen Buchanan’s Beyond Humanity?, Buchanan advocates a different framework for the enhancement debate – to drop the “pro-enhancement” stance and instead, compare between “anti-enhancement” in which all enhancement as such and as a whole ought to … Continue reading Essay: The Ethics of Human Enhancement — When is Genetic Engineering Acceptable or Absolutely Necessary?
Written by Chan Kei Nin This paper argues that both actualism and possibilism are inadequate in providing a satisfactory answer to whether Professor Procrastinate, as a consequentialist, ought to accept or decline the invitation to write a book review. The paper explores the main problems of actualism and possibilism that lead to this inadequacy, and … Continue reading Essay: The Strange Case of Professor Procrastinate and Consequentialism
Written by Kashsmeraa Santhanam The Oneness of God stands to be one of the most fundamental and fiercely heralded doctrines in the tradition of Abrahamic religions. Amidst their mutual belief in the precept of monotheism, there are palpable differences across the three religions in their theological manifestations of this monotheistic axiom – differences which have … Continue reading Essay: Rationalising Homoousios – An Evaluation of the Christian Understanding of Divine Unity
Written by R. Kumaran, Illustrated by June Ming Introduction In this essay, I will make the case that Robert Nozick’s historical account of Distributive Justice is insufficient as it would marginalise those that have been at the receiving end of unjust distributions solely due to their natural bad luck. I define natural bad luck in … Continue reading Essay: Beggar-thy-Unfortunate – Libertarianism’s Historical Bias Against the Unlucky
Current NTU philosophy undergraduates Melissa Chang, Soong Jiamin, and Yuka Kamamoto sat down to interview Prof. Paul Snowdon, who currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy at University College London. They talked about animalism, the naive realist view of perception, and his love for classical music. Yuka: What motivated you to study, and eventually work … Continue reading Conversation: Dr. Paul Snowdon
Written by Marcus Teo, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han In the present work, I provide a defence of same-sex marriage. To these ends, I invoke two concepts to justify the right to marriage for same-sex couples: 1) the non-interference condition of liberty, and 2) the maximization of wellbeing. Given that both concepts are justifications for … Continue reading Longform: A Defence of the Right to Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
Written by Yuka Kamamoto, Artwork by June Ming According to Aristotle’s terms, we blame the incontinent person for his actions because we think that he could have willed himself to do good instead of harm. In other words, we think that there is free will – that people could have acted otherwise – because we … Continue reading Essay: Free Will, Moral Blame and the Limits of Willpower