Kant and Sartre – Actions and Intentions For the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, whenever we act we are acting in a legislative way for the rest of humanity. This is because our actions are freely chosen, and so each time we choose to act in this or that way, we are accompanied by the weighty responsibility of forming … Continue reading Ethics: Kant, Sartre, and what makes us good
Introduction to personal identity Personal identity is a tricky subject in philosophy. It is tricky because when we analyse what it is to be the ‘same’, we find that very few things remain exactly the same as they persist throughout time. But clearly, we want to say that we are the same person that we … Continue reading Metaphysics: Am I the same person I was when I was a baby?
With the UK’s Sentencing Council releasing new sentencing guidelines this week, the question of whether or not we have free will looms large. To this question, most philosophers fall in to one of four groups: those who believe that we have complete, unconstrained free will (sometimes referred to as ‘libertarians’); those who believe that in so … Continue reading Metaphysics: Do we choose our actions?
In The Case for Animal Rights, Tom Regan argues that all commercial animal agriculture (this extends to their use in medicine) should be abolished. In order for this to happen, a new ethical framework must be adopted in order to give animals rights in the same way that we give them to other human beings. … Continue reading Ethics: Should animals have rights?
Shared Experience – Mental Breakdown All my movements became jarred…the anxiety and the fear, I was terrified all the time. I was terrified of everything… I always remember the remote control. Somebody said if you want to turn on the television or watch a DVD you have to shift from antennae over to that you know, … Continue reading Existentialism: Shared experiences and Kierkegaard on anxiety
Space, time and the analogies of experience How Our Subjectivity Secures External Objectivity Much of the 17th century philosopher Immanuel Kant’s work is a response to his predecessor, the Scottish empirical philosopher David Hume. Kant’s project in The Critique of Pure Reason is to give a metaphysical account of the grounds for empiricism (study based on … Continue reading Epistemology: Kant on space
A romp through the philosophy of mind – Marianne Talbot Disclaimer: This is a follow up to my previous posts on the philosophy of mind series with Marianne Talbot. I suggest that you read those first to familiarise yourself with the arguments and terminology referenced in this post. Physicalist theories of mind, such as anomalous … Continue reading Philosophy of Mind: Could our thoughts and feelings be illusory?