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…

Je suis Charlie

Well, a lot to think about on the events a few weeks back. 17 people killed and many more injured; three Muslim fanatics killed in stand-off sieges fighting against an insult to the prophet Mohamed, protests condemning the attacks and even a trend on twitter ‘#Killallmuslims’. Where to begin. When I normally defend Islam, against…

the nature of god and man in the Iliad

-Post being updated in parts The Iliad is one of the finest and oldest works ever written in western literature. One of the most interesting themes prevalent throughout the poem that I found when studying the Iliad was the relationship between the gods and men. Homer takes quite a radical position on this front. It…