UK Philosophy

The Known, The Strange and The New

Hilary Lawson | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Lawson

It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...

Is Harsh Punishment for Crime Always Right?

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Anthony Lorenzo

If punishment must be justified, and it must, it should be done so on the basis that morality is being restored. It is morally right and beneficial to society that people cannot get away with wrongdoing. To ensure people do not want to do wrong, weight must be given to making sure the punishment is justified on the grounds that the offender benefits to. Since deterrence did not stop them committing a crime in the first place, what would? A more moral and liberal system of punishment, surely?

L'Etranger

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Larisa Sotieva

It occurred to me that when he had got on the train, he instinctively gravitated closer towards me, another human being, to share his evening. We humans are social animals, and contact with others is very important to us. Having sat down opposite me, he ate his dinner and enjoyed his daughter's laughter in my company.

A Response to AC Grayling

Ed Pinkney | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Ed Pinkney

One of the memorable scenes of the Hunger Games trilogy - before its lacklustre final two-parter - sees Finnick facing the sharp end of Katniss' arrow, at which point he reminds the protagonist to "remember who the real enemy is". As academics and students criticise one another over free speech and insensitivity, this scene seems particularly apt.

Paris and the New Terror: A Metamodern Malaise

Amy Licence | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Amy Licence

I wasn't going to write about the Paris attacks. There seemed to be no appropriate words. There was only the deep resonant silence of shock and grief,...

Leftist Supergroup, One Night Only: Assange, Zizek and Varoufakis on Stage

Jonty Langley | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jonty Langley

If leftist intellectuals can be rock-stars (and somewhere there must be a guitar trashed by Thomas Piketty that proves they can), then Monday night at...

How Can We Pursue Happiness If We Don't Know What It Is?

Michael Plant | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Plant

What, actually, is it? What is 'happiness'? What are we talking about? Somewhat bizarrely people are very happy to give, or sell, their advice on how to be happy without ever trying to say what it is. But how can we find something if we don't know what we're looking for?

Betting on Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

It is now more important than ever to pay attention to the key details, all too often we overlook the obvious. What is key to understand is that colour is one of the most important parts in what makes up our experience and if an individual or business can refine their understanding of the subject then they can build a very successful brand.

31 Questions to Give Your Brain a Workout

Johnny Rich | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Tech
Johnny Rich

The result was the following. A list of what I called 'ponderables' - 31 questions that will get you thinking about some of life's unknowables. That's one a day for you for the next month. Use them to give your brain a stretch on the way to work or to shoot the breeze with colleagues.

Professor Gives Students Fiendishly Cruel Ethics Question To Test Their Morals

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

University of Maryland students were faced with a rather cruel dilemma at the hands of their social psychology professor, who set them a fiendish ques...

Fantasy and Reality - Where Do You Draw the Line?

Sarah Pinborough | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Pinborough

I'm stating nothing new when I say that imagination is the most powerful tool humankind has. Imagination has put man on the moon. The 'fantasists', science fiction writers and film-makers did it way earlier than the 'realist' scientists, but one certainly fed into the other.

Dreamland

Oliver Burkeman | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Oliver Burkeman

At the bottom of our fixation on goals, I suspect, isn't a simple desire to get things done, but a deep discomfort with feelings of uncertainty: once we've set ourselves firm goals, we get to pretend that the future is certain.

David Cameron Has Promised Voters 'The Good Life', But What Does That Even Mean? And Is He Right?

Michael Plant | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Plant

Unusually for British politics, a British politician talked about morality. At the Conservative Party's manifesto launch last week, David Cameron didn...

Who Am I Anyway?

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Personally I have found that I couldn't even place myself in cultural groups around me. When my hair was short, afro-diasporic people gave me the nod of solidarity, when my hair was long south-Asian diasporic peoples spoke to me in their diversity of languages, yet I remained neither here nor there.

To Reform, We Must be Conflicted

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

I need to both understand the impossibility and inevitability of the world of determinism, and yet attempt to widen the constraints by a pure belief in free agency. If I were to fully accept that the dye is cast, my job, and that of any other professional working in reforming or rehabilitating people, would be pointless.

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

Owning the Oneness

Anupriya Dwivedi | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anupriya Dwivedi

I stopped analysing a long time ago if the question was an enviously malicious put-down or a genuine, earnest search for content. Either way the answer is usually, "No one. Just me." And those words fuel me.

Philosophy: Juicy or Useless?

Mark Brewer | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Mark Brewer

If contemporary philosophy still proceeded in vacuum, cut off from science, I'd agree with Krauss that it's useless. But it doesn't. And, if applied to conceptual issues in the natural sciences, it certainly has a much juicier role to play than Krauss would have you believe.

Is the Search for Romance Ethical?

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Greenhalgh

To invest in a person's beauty isn't the wisest of investments due to unfortunate asset depreciation. But it got me thinking, is romance just another economical trade? If so, where does that leave romantic love morally?

Why Are There More Religious Women Than There Are Religious Men?

George P. Simmonds | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
George P. Simmonds

A recent poll undertaken by Professor David Voas has exposed a rather formidable gender gap in Britain's approach to religion. When asked their opinion on God, only 34% of women responded with atheist or agnostic claims, a figure dwarfed by the 54% of men who agreed with them.

Rules for the Erection of the Mind

Christian Talbot | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Christian Talbot

I was lying there in ecstasy, realising that existence and the formal projection of a self are distinctly separate and within the means of human control but all the time in the back of my mind I'm thinking "Does this make me French? Does this make me French?".

For Jonny Benjamin: I'm No Longer Afraid of My Shadow

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Imagine being unable to stand everything about yourself. Your voice, your thoughts, your body, your personality. I can't now. Though years ago, I came pretty close. And if Jonny Benjamin can be honest, then so can I... It's several years ago now and feels like a different lifetime. I've been a happy person, getting even happier year on year since. But back then, after hitting rock bottom, in order to survive, I drew a line under these experiences and locked the memories away. I shoved them all in a box, along with my Shadow Self, so that they - and it - couldn't hurt me or anyone else anymore.

Everything Happens For A Reason -You Decide What That Reason Is

Jojo Furnival | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

From the moment we arrive on this earth, we're looking for answers. "What does that do? ... What does this mean? Why are you doing that?" How often, though, do we get satisfactory, or even honest, answers?

Seeking Latin-Speaking Lover and A Perfect Day

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Two years ago I began learning Latin when I spied a grammar book on sale for 50p at my local train station (they do a recycling thing where second-hand books are sold for a small fee and the money goes to charity).

Got No Life Purpose? What's in an Aim...

Jojo Furnival | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Hello again. Still super connected?! I thought so. It's funny. When you take the time to stop and think about your life, you might not like what realisations occur. What if, for example, answers to the questions 'what do I want?' 'what makes me happy?' 'what is my life's purpose?' remain unknown?