The Comforting Brutality of Existence

Introduction & First Stimulus “To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousandContinue reading “The Comforting Brutality of Existence”

The Case for Philosophers in the City

“I often think that knowledge of the law is a bit of a handicap to a barrister.” – Horace Rumpole [from Rumpole of the Bailey] Be upstanding! There’s no way around this: I’m sure this article is bound to upset some students, either in Philosophy or Law. However, this article does not serve to snatchContinue reading “The Case for Philosophers in the City”

‘Music is the language of emotions’: A Darwinian Argument for Expressionism

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein How does music provide us with pleasure? The whole process seems to be very mysterious in and of itself. In a sense, a cluster of wavelengths roamContinue reading “‘Music is the language of emotions’: A Darwinian Argument for Expressionism”

Pipping Philosophy to the Post – Preparation for Pressure

‘Twas the night before the exams, when all through the flat,Not a creature was stirring, not even Rolf the cat;The bags were packed by the doors with care,In hopes that the holidays would soon be there;The students were hidden all tight in their beds;While visions of failing and resits were in their heads… Every student,Continue reading “Pipping Philosophy to the Post – Preparation for Pressure”

‘Philosophy in the Everyday’: Tuesday Night Chit-Chat

12 angry people, philosophy and the perks of having a lot of housemates Before you read this interview, I would first like to tell you the story behind it. This piece is the first instalment of our new series ‘Philosophy in the Everyday’. My plan and my task were simple: go out on Saturday, askContinue reading “‘Philosophy in the Everyday’: Tuesday Night Chit-Chat”