Aristotle and Eastenders

It is often the case that people feel that it is totally fine to sneer at soaps on TV. You may not personally like them, but after a revision of Aristotle and dipping in to Poetics I thought that it might be interesting to see if we can consider Eastenders to be an example of… Continue reading Aristotle and Eastenders

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Kant and animal testing

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 sets out what makes animal experimentation legal. It begins by outlining those animals that fall under its jurisdiction. Namely it is a non-human vertebrate that has a level of independence, which it stipulates as the ability to feed itself, it also holds that the animal in question is alive… Continue reading Kant and animal testing

Taking the scenic route

Can we use established theories of aesthetics to guide our thoughts on how we view nature? Despite the gulf between the created and the natural there are models that seek to draw upon conventions in aesthetic appreciation of art and use them with aesthetic appreciation of the environment. It seems that our standard approach: “we… Continue reading Taking the scenic route

Philosophy and Self-help

The study of philosophy may not resinate with concepts of happiness...certainly when I think back to some late night library essay writing sessions, happiness was not my primary emotion. Regardless, happiness is a theme that is dealt within philosophy. I have chosen to read The Conquest of Happiness to see how king of logical thinking Bertrand… Continue reading Philosophy and Self-help

Popper on non-inductive science

Working with the Scientific Method and Hume's work on induction can reveal some difficulties. This post outlines  Popper’s response to Hume’s problem, and some issues with his attempt. Which will lead to a discussion of Lakatos’ refinement of Popper, where he tries to evade the problems that Popper encounters. Firstly, Hume’s problem of induction highlights that… Continue reading Popper on non-inductive science

Lady Divine and the Cavalcade of Perversion

Last week I went to watch a screening of Multiple Maniacs - it is a black comedy from the 1970 from John Waters, and members of his Dreamland acting troupe. This post is not a review of the film, but I do recommend it. The film, other than being funny, made me think of the… Continue reading Lady Divine and the Cavalcade of Perversion

The Perfect Existence

The ontological argument Made famous by St Anselm and Descartes. The argument seeks to prove the existence of God a pirori – that is with out the need to experience God and demonstrate his existence only be the virtue that one can conceive of God.  In simple terms, Anselm’s argument is as follows: 1.     God… Continue reading The Perfect Existence