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?

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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

Modernity, the Self, and the Modern Selfie

The condition of self-consciousness, of being reflectively aware of one’s identity and actions, has been a repeatedly documented aspect of human experience throughout history. Self-representation in the poetry of the Renaissance court, for example, or the aesthetic endeavours of eighteenth-century portraiture, certainly attest to this. However, as theorists of postmodernism argue, self-consciousness has never before… Continue reading Modernity, the Self, and the Modern Selfie