Race and Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead was released for the first time 60 years ago, and I went to see it in my local (independent) cinema as they were showing an anniversary screening. I have been aware of the film for its status within the horror film industry; and the film’s tropes loom over modern releases… Continue reading Race and Night of the Living Dead

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Assessing anti-porn feminism

What are the harms caused by pornography as presented by the anti-porn feminists? Helen Longino identifies three main ways that pornography harms women. The first is that pornography, but especially violent pornography is implicated in violent crimes that are committed against women. Secondly, pornography defames women due to the ‘lies’ it endorses which surround the… Continue reading Assessing anti-porn feminism

Do states have a legitimate basis to say no to immigration?

Christopher Wellman suggests that the reason why sates can refuse immigrants is based on a presumption that states have a moral justification in excluding potential immigrants because states have a right to self-determination. This self-determination is needed so that states can protect  individual’s right to freedom of association. The question to ask then, is can… Continue reading Do states have a legitimate basis to say no to immigration?

Ovid – the Art of Sexual Harassment

Ovid was a Roman poet, and was a contemporary of Virgil and Horace. I will admit, that have very little knowledge of Latin poets…I decided to read Art of Love as when I walked past it on the shelf at my local book shop, because I was in a soppy mood and thought that it… Continue reading Ovid – the Art of Sexual Harassment

Aristotle’s Constitution

“The politician and lawgiver is wholly occupied with the city-state, and the constitution is a certain way of organizing those who inhabit the city-state” (III.1.1274b36-8). Aristotle's general theory of constitutions is set forth in Politics III. He begins with a definition of the citizen (politês), the city-state is by nature a collective entity, a multitude… Continue reading Aristotle’s Constitution

Criticising Utilitarianism 101

Utilitarianism initially seems easily applicable to questions of justice. In its broadest sense it seeks to create the greatest happiness for the greatest number in an objective way. There is total impartiality, and no value or preference bias is allowed. Utilitarianism has many flaws to deal with, specifically how demanding it is, this may in… Continue reading Criticising Utilitarianism 101

Is there a tension between feminism and multiculturalism?

A simple reading of feminism that all women should be regarded as equal in relation to their male counterparts and should not be disadvantaged by their gender, it is generally seen as a positive ideology that is applicable to all, and if it is not, there are some proponents who hold that it should be.… Continue reading Is there a tension between feminism and multiculturalism?