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Presentation: Durham Philosophy Society Undergraduate Conference 2017

If you find yourself in the North-East of England this weekend at a loose end, then you should head along to the Durham Philosophy Society Undergraduate Conference. I’m delighted to be able to share that I’ll be presenting my forthcoming paper, ‘Orwellian Nationalism as the Liberal Democratic Convention,’ at the conference. The paper will be …

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How a Year Abroad can make you Happy – Derren Brown and Stoicism

If you’re not a philosopher, then Derren Brown’s new book, Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine, may be a pleasant surprise. It’s an accessible foray into stoicism, an ancient greek philosophy that’s gaining momentum in the modern day amongst philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Returning to Hong Kong this week, one element of …

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Waynflete Essay: A Psychological Exploration of Religion

“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.” — Sigmund Freud (New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, 1932) As part of my final two years of high school studies, what we here in England call the Lower Sixth Form, students my age take on an …

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Dissertation: Reading for Surveillance Ethics

10th September 2017: Since returning from studying abroad, I’ve been starting to work in earnest on my dissertation. Studying with Professor Jiwei Ci at HKU has certainly shaped my interests, as there is now a pronounced Habermasian slant to my thinking. The latter’s Discourse Ethics offers a meta-theory of discourse and norm creation which I …

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