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Book Review #2 – The Ethical Case Against Animal Experiments

It seems strange that we are at a point in human civilization whereby a book arguing the case against animal experiments seems necessary. The general consensus among the public – and I am talking as a member of the public here, so I feel somewhat justified in saying this – is that we know experimenting… Continue reading Book Review #2 – The Ethical Case Against Animal Experiments

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Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative

Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative What is the Categorical Imperative? The short answer is that it is a rule, formulated by Kant in Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, that goes as follows “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #3 – The Categorical Imperative

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Philosophy in 500 #2 – The Frege-Geach Problem

The Frege-Geach problem is an issue in ethics. Specifically, metaethics, which deals with all of the finickity bits - such as what terms like good, and right, can actually mean. It is named after Peter Geach, a 20th century philosopher, and Gottlob Frege (pronounced Fray-guh), born in 1848. It can also be referred to as… Continue reading Philosophy in 500 #2 – The Frege-Geach Problem

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Book Review #1 – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

In many ways, there is little more to be said about this book than the eight word review on the front cover from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – “Everyone who eats flesh should read this book”. With all due respect to Hugh, though, that doesn’t make for an exciting post, so I’ll try to drag it out… Continue reading Book Review #1 – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Philosophy and Politics

Understanding the relationship between philosophy and politics is, for me, one of the most interesting discussions to be had. So perhaps this makes it an appropriate starting point for Plato’s Café. When one studies philosophy at undergraduate level (perhaps other levels too, I never studied philosophy academically before my degree), one is often told that… Continue reading Philosophy and Politics