Beyond Rationalism: The parables of Zhuangzi

by Brandon Tan A brief survey of Western Modern philosophers demonstrates that there is  cause for alarm when one is at the limits of rationality or reason. This is especially true in the area of existentialist philosophy, such as when Kierkegaard struggles to take his ‘leap of faith’. In his description of Abraham’s mental stateContinue reading “Beyond Rationalism: The parables of Zhuangzi”

Slouching Towards Love

by Jessica Corne Thanks to the internet, single people have become paralyzed by the conviction that dating is an act with as much significance and lasting value as a bowel movement. Through Tinder and Match we ask someone to fulfil our heart’s romantic notions, that intolerable itch for intimacy, for about three hours on aContinue reading “Slouching Towards Love”

When we are tired of compassion: how mental healthcare fails

by Alicia Lukman “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Not only does desensitization occur upon witnessing atrocities, prolonged exposure to more mundane life-events can trigger similar responses. Mental health professionals, and more broadly, workers in the care sector, have reported being exhausted, irritable, and unable to concentrate on helpingContinue reading “When we are tired of compassion: how mental healthcare fails”

True Individualism: A commentary on “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”

by Alexander Apetroaie In his essay ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’, written just before the turn of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde makes some important points largely excluded from current mainstream political and social reformist thinking. Writ large throughout the essay is his concern for the realisation of true ‘Individualism’, briefly defined as theContinue reading “True Individualism: A commentary on “The Soul of Man Under Socialism””

Common Room Philosophy

A podcast by the students of the University of Warwick’s Philosophy Department featuring long-form interviews with its academics.Listen if you want to hear in-depth but accessible conversations between students and academics, talking enthusiastically about the philosophy that interests them. Click here if you want to listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or elsewhere. Conducted and editedContinue reading “Common Room Philosophy”