San Martin

This is a piece of writing from around 7 years ago after our family trip to Argentina and I fell in love with the mountains that we trekked in for a couple of days. Sweat clouds my vision as the sun dazzles the parched ground. The green canopy is alive with festoons of squawking, gibbering…

The ethics behind banning the burqa

Joseph Raz’s article “Autonomy, toleration and the harm principle” is primarily concerned with the relationship between autonomy and toleration and to what extent the government can intervene in a perfectionist manner. This relates to the issue of the burqa because one contentious issue in the debate is whether the government should dictate what its people…

A sad day for Paris and religion

I was planning to go out to the student union after finishing an essay deadline but my eye was caught on the BBC website of some breaking news: explosions heard in central Paris. I was stuck to my laptop screen for the next 4 hours, watching in disbelief as the horrors unfolded in front of…

A short commentary on the Piraeus

The Piraeus was an ancient port-city constructed on the orders of Themistocles in 471 BC soon after the defeat of Xerxes and the second Persian invasion that ended in 279BC. Themistocles’ presence in its construction is evident from the map that points out two conjectural sites, the tomb of Themistocles (key number 7) and the…

A short commentary on Herodotus and the Samians

Herodotus presents us with the tale of Polycrates that seems fairly consistent with the common hubristic themes found in Greek tragedies. Amasis, the king of Egypt warns Polycrates of his overreaching successes that might cause offence to the gods ‘I cannot rejoice at your excessive prosperity.’ (III. 39). Amasis plays the role of the humble…