Thursday, 5 March 2015

 Philosophers' Cafe: Questions for Reflection

Definitions1. What is the nature of Love?
a. Is love a blind passionate impulse that is beyond reason?
b. Does love spring from subconscious instincts, such as a drive for species survival or Freudian conflicts?
c. Is unconditional forever-love possible?

 Epistemology of Love
2. How do we know we are truly in love?
3. Can we trust our feelings of love?

Love, Lust & Sex (Erotic Love)
4. Suppose you have fallen in love with your friend. And now suppose you were offered the choice of two futures: Either you two cease to have sex but remain together seeking beauty, truth and God, or you lose all these and retain the wonders of sex? Which choice would you make?
5. Can we have sex without love? How is love related to sex?
a. What is the purpose of sex?
b. Does it make sense to speak of “unnatural-lawless sex”?
6. How is love related to friendship?

Politics of Love
7. What is the difference between heterosexual love and gay love?
8. Which mode of love is primary?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Critique of Arguments for Animal Rights

n recent years numerous questions were raised about the morality of killing and eating animals. Do animals have right to live and not made to suffer? Should people stop eating animal meat? Should laws be enacted to protect animal rights?
This essay suggests the following two theses. 1) Animal rights arguments are not logically conclusive, 2) Someone may develop reasons in the future, but for now, there is no morally compelling reason to stop eating animal meat.
I shall address various major arguments for animal rights and their weaknesses.

Read here: Is It Immoral To Kill Animals?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Are Humans Good or Evil?

Are humans good or evil? Or both?

There's Mother Theresa and there're Jihadists who behead innocent civilians. Are humans innately more like Theresa or more like Terrorists?

Or do we have a choice to being one instead of the other?

Perhaps there is no innate human nature. We form habits from frequent choice- acts over an extended time. We become habitually good or bad.

Read here:

Are Humans Good or Evil? by Clancy Martin and Alan Strudler | Harper's Magazine