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Of food and philosophy: meeting Julian Baggini

You should never call yourself a philosopher.” Coming from the co-founder of The Philosopher’s Magazine, such an opening is surprising, to say the least. Instead, Julian Baggini, who has gone on to author numerous books aimed at a wide audience on topics as varied as personal-identity, ethics, and atheism, prefers to describe himself as simply “a writer.”  (more…)

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Review: Orlando

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Last week, Tim Stanley proudly flaunted his ignorance in The Telegraph over what exactly gender is, snorting: “Apparently a “cis” is someone who identifies with the same gender that they were born with. So that’s a thing now”.

Yes, Tim, it is a thing now – and, as this difficult but well-executed production of Virginia Woolf’s quasi-autobiographical gender-bending novel proves, it’s been a thing for at least a few centuries. Or millennia. It’s difficult to tell; time in this play is malleable, contorting and folding over itself, jumping hundreds of years, in a lifetime, in an hour and forty minute run-time. (more…)

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Africa: ‘The Dark Continent’? On the inheritance of knowledge

“The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place”

Chinua Achebe

“Do they know it’s Christmas?” Well of course they bloody do. They’ll probably go to Church, and then spend the day with their families.  I find the return of Geldof’s fundraising wonder song deeply problematic. His efforts in fighting the Ebola crisis are laudable, but the lyrics of the song betray the startling grip of an inherited image of Africa. Academia has a great deal to answer for.

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Roberto Weeden-Sanz unopposed for President

Roberto Weeden-Sanz is unopposed to be Union President, sources within the Union have confirmed. He will take up his position in Trinity term.

Current Secretary Stuart Webber is unopposed to be Librarian, while former member of standing committee Robert Harris is unopposed to be Secretary. Antonia Trent, who has not yet held a position in the Union is unopposed to be Treasurer.

Only five candidates have nominated for the five positions on standing committee; David Browne, Cindy Yu, Verity Hubbard, Joel Nelson and Joe Fowles.

This election will be the first election to feature Re Open Nominations, meaning these candidates could potentially be RON’ed during the elections to be held on Friday of 7th week.

The OxStu understands that a potentially successful Senior Disciplinary Committee action against President Mayank Banerjee could also result in the election results being overturned, if his rules changes are found to be in breach of the Unions constitution.

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Geir Lippestad: Defending the man behind the massacre

It seems like an ethical thought experiment, an exercise for a philosophy class – someone who has committed an atrocity of unimaginable cruelty, a despicable murderer, stands in the dock, and has requested you to defend him in court. But, in the early hours of the morning, a matter of hours after Anders Breivik had committed one of the worst massacres in European peacetime history, Geir Lippestad’s phone rang. The man who had just left Norway reeling from the impact of 77 murders, including 69 children, wanted Lippestad as his defence attorney. (more…)

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