The Contradictions of Sartre and Camus

During this period of quarantine, I’ve been reading a lot of existentialism. The past month has drawn me to the delights (or the indifference) of Albert Camus’s The Plague and The Stranger, while my present read is Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. Curiously, though the writings of these two French philosophers have a lot in commonContinue reading “The Contradictions of Sartre and Camus”

On Free Will and Technology

As humans, we seem to be defined by our choices. What separates two individuals is the buildup of unique, distinctive choices that cause the trajectories of their lives to deviate from one another. Or so it seems. Autonomy is widely viewed as a precursor for a meaningful life; in its absence, we would be mindlessContinue reading “On Free Will and Technology”

Anti-Natalism Pt. 1: A Short Editorial

This may be followed by a Pt. 2 where I explore the philosophical analysis behind anti-natalism in more depth. It seems inevitable that one day I will be a mother. Not having kids seems to be an inconceivable choice, in part because it is socially alienating, in part because it has been the norm forContinue reading “Anti-Natalism Pt. 1: A Short Editorial”

Why philosophy?

I eagerly point out to a friend: “isn’t it interesting that there’s a one in a billion likelihood we are NOT living in a simulation?” Her response: “and how does that cure cancer?”. Philosophy, as a profession, has been viewed with a mixture of contempt and awe. Although the intellectual rigour of studying philosophy isContinue reading “Why philosophy?”

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