An Ode to Sticks by James Elliott

In the realm of phenomenological enquiry, we encounter a profusion of phenomena. From a basic object like a table, to something more malleable like a rope, all phenomena in our world can be viewed, interpreted, and applied in a myriad of different ways.

So, what about a primordial phenomena like the stick? Is it just a stick?

James Elliott explores the versatility of the great, glorious stick in his poem, ‘An Ode to Sticks’.


The Liars Paradox by William Bindley

The Liar’s paradox is one of the simplest paradoxes to explain, yet one of the hardest to solve. It is the sentence that says “This sentence is false”. If a sentence is true, then what it says must be true. So – in accordance with the forgoing principle – if we suppose that the liar’s sentence is true, we are forced to conclude that it is false. If we suppose that it is false, we are forced to conclude that it is true. Each of these sub-conclusions, together entail the conclusion that the liar’s sentence is true if and only if it is false. Tarski and Kripke each propose their own solutions to the liar paradox. Each solution has strengths and weaknesses, however, what is interesting is that the problems of one solution are solved by the other and vice versa.

The Uncomfortable Deathbed by Rachael Ryan

When 66 year-old Rudi Dobron entered palliative care, he was ready to die. Instead, for a further seven weeks, he endured prolonged, intolerable suffering, engendered by deficits in the modern approach to dying. I concur with urologist Rodney Syme and a large aggregate of others that such discomfort could have been avoided by an earlier death. With reference to the classic case of Mr Dobron, this paper explores both the four-principles and capabilities approaches to ethics and scrutinises current legislation relevant to end-of-life decision-making and physician-assisted dying.

Working for das Man: Heidegger’s Theory of Existence by Nick Holt

Heidegger’s theory of existence is centred around the unique relationship we have with the world and other human beings. Heidegger argues that as humans, we are responsible for creating our own meaning through existence. In doing so we are able to live an authentic life. The alternative to this is a life in which we do not realise the endless possibilities bestowed upon us, and instead we become just another member of the mass, or ‘das Man’.

Editor’s Welcome Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of the University of Queensland’s student philosophy magazine, Exordium. It is with great pleasure that…

Hume and the Problem of Induction by William Bindley

Hume’s problem of induction concerns the justification of inductive inferences which is to make predictions based on events. If I infer that some event B will follow from event A by causal necessity, I must suppose the future will resemble the past, which is to suppose that the laws of nature will not change. However, the only way I could justify a belief that the laws of nature will stay regular is by appealing to induction which is the very thing in question.

Active Euthanasia – Not That Bad? by Kianu Stirling

Using the arguments: relief from suffering, appeal to consistency (specifically between passive and active voluntary euthanasia), and an argument for patient autonomy, it will be suggested that laws in Queensland regarding active voluntary euthanasia be brought to the same standards as passive voluntary euthanasia.

Revelations – A Short Story by Tom Clark

After unearthing an ancient artefact buried deep below their subterranean facility, two scientists become obsessed by what had always been an ordinary door. When one of the men submits to its siren-song, and isn’t seen again, his colleague follows. What he finds beyond the door not only reveals the truth behind humanity’s hidden past, but also its ominous future.