Spinoza and the Virtuously Suicidal Octopus by James Meggitt

Can suicide be virtuous? In his Ethics, Benedict Spinoza claims that no thing contains within its essence, or contatus, the ability to destroy itself. But what about Graneledone boreopacifica, the deep water octopus who sacrifices her own life for the survival of her young?

Can Music Pay Off in the Internet Age? by Michael Veal

Before internet streaming, music consumption was entirely unit-based. However, the rising prevalence of streaming sites is curbing this trend, by altering the way in which we interact with our favourite songs and artists. We examine how music streaming has revolutionised the way that we relate to music consumption, and the effect these services have had on both consumers and producers within the music industry.

Editor’s Welcome Issue 3

Dear readers,   Welcome to our third issue and to our brand new website! As always, this issue features some…

The Nature of Identity by Robert Woodgate

This essay begins with a presentation of the mind renovation thought experiment. The essay goes on to present an argument based on constituent identity as a solution to the thought experiment. The essay then introduces and replies to counterarguments to the assertions put forth. The essay finishes with a summation of its argument and a final commentary on the nature of identity.

Art and the path towards a sensible morality by Taylor Redwood

Fredric Schiller writes about the human subjectivity partially the unison of the sensible and the formal. This
paper explores play as a living form of experience that fully embodies our humanity. Play is shown to come from a cooperative dichotomy between the formal and the sensible. Once explored the idea of play the paper argues against Modernity, contrary to the idea that reason must triumph over sense in order to be moral.

Are tattoos just another fashion choice? by Rose Trappes

Are tattoos in modern society just an individual act of consumption akin to any other styling or decorative choice? Not only are they artistically significant and important for our relationships with our bodies, they also perform an important role of making the past ever-present, both linking us with our past and forcing us to deal with it.

Fresh Air by Emily McVey

In Fresh Air – Does Feminism have anything to say about the Environment? Emily McVey draws upon the work of Luce Irigaray to argue that there exists a link between feminism, environmental and air pollution, and the exploitation of nature.