In this post, I intend to explain Rene Descartes’ Meditations. It is one of the most important and influential books in the history of philosophy, so deserves to be understood. I do not intend to engage with the text very much, merely explain what the text is about. I shall leave readers to muse upon…… Continue reading Descartes’ Meditations, 1/3
“Saigyo in poetry, Sogi in linked verse, Sesshu in painting, Rikyu in the tea ceremony- the spirit that moves them is one spirit. Achieving artistic excellence, each holds one attribute in common: each remains attuned to nature throughout the four seasons. Whatever is seen by such a heart and mind is a flower, whatever is…… Continue reading The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
In trying to answer the question of what a person actually is, by which I mean what is essentially them, we can approach the question by asking the following- what can be taken away from a person’s identity without them ceasing to be them? Thinking back to Derek Parfit’s Teleporter thought experiment, we can wonder…… Continue reading Is the rational or instinctive self the real self?
Sam Harris has recently become more involved in debates regarding robots and Artificial Intelligence and their places in the future. In a discussion with David Chalmers recently, they talked about how some tech developers have been thinking about the development of machine brains, or neurally integrated computers. One reason for this is that electronic computers…… Continue reading The ‘I’ in the continuity of consciousness
Radhakrishnan starts off by confronting the classic question of what Hinduism actually is. This, he does not answer directly, for a very good reason: Hinduism isn’t an internally recognized word, but a name given to the sub-continent of India by outsiders. Later, it was recognized by Hindus as being a practicable working name. This was…… Continue reading The Hindu View of Life by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
You will never be happy if you continue to pursue the meaning of happiness, nor shall you live if you spend your life searching for a meaning of life. Albert Camus held this view of life in high sincerity, and this was the basis for much of his philosophy. At heart of Camus’ writings was…… Continue reading The Myth of Sisyphus, a review
In Seneca’s famous essay “On The Shortness of Life”, he declares that life can seem short if you waste it away, but life can be long if you know how to use it. What Seneca is interested in here is how effectively we utilise the spare time we have in our lives. If we spend…… Continue reading Seneca’s on The Shortness of Life and its implications on identity