Homosexuality is Abnormal but Not Morally Wrong

‘Orphée’ – Jean Cocteau 1950

The old meme, that there’s nothing wrong with being gay, can be interpreted in at least two different ways, functional and moral. In this article I argue that homosexuality is functionally abnormal, based on the functionalist description of sexuality, but not morally wrong. Continue reading “Homosexuality is Abnormal but Not Morally Wrong”

Multiculturalism and The Ethics of Mass-Migration

Does this look like multiculturalism to you?

Multiculturalism is often promoted as a state we ought to pursue in order to achieve greater social unity, respect and harmony through cultural diversity instead of cultural homogeneity. I argue that the kind of multiculturalism which is being extolled is only superficially inclusive or is not multiculturalism at all. Genuine multiculturalism poses a risk to long-term social stability, especially in times of economic or existential crises. Mass-migration that is typically associated with multicultural policies can have a devastating effect on the emigrant nations. Continue reading “Multiculturalism and The Ethics of Mass-Migration”

C-Theory: Ontology of Change

‘Composition with Red 1939’ – Piet Mondrian

In the previous article in the C-theory series I have argued that the present is not experienced as a point in time but as a meaningful event whose phenomenal duration may vary depending on its relational properties. By existentially quantifying over a particular evental identity we invoke a window of time for that evental identity to be realised as the present, and that constitutes the characteristic duration of its phenomenal unity. In this article I formulate a C-theoretic account of change and then show how the C-structure of a world can be temporalised on two dimensions. Continue reading “C-Theory: Ontology of Change”

Transhumanist Dystopia of Modern Medicine

Total hip arthroplasty for failed aseptic Austin Moore prosthesis.

In 1946, the WHO has redefined the concept of health, abandoning its focus on treatment of ailments in favour of the more abstract idea of unbounded wellbeing: “It is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. (WHO)  This vague directive combined with the associated potential for commercial exploitation has extended the scope of wellbeing to transhumanism and eugenics without normative justification or informed consent Continue reading “Transhumanist Dystopia of Modern Medicine”

C-Theory: The Missing Present

‘Presence’ – Shirazeh Houshiary 2000

In the previous article in this series I have conclusively rejected the possibility of defining time in terms of the A-series and/or the B-series and have formalised the C-series as an atemporal constitutive sequence whose basic terms are states of some relational property P of an object. Before formulating a definitive statement of the C-theory of time I will address some phenomenological worries about the present. Continue reading “C-Theory: The Missing Present”

C-Theory: Constitutive Order

‘Suprematist Composition: White on White’ – Kazimir Malevich 1918

In the previous article in the C-theory series I have argued that McTaggart’s A-series and B-series fail to provide a complete and consistent description of time, but A- and B-theorists could still have a way out. In this article I conclusively reject the possibility of defining time in terms of A-series and/or B-series and I begin formulating the C-theory of time. Continue reading “C-Theory: Constitutive Order”

C-Theory: A and B Times are Not Time

‘1-infinity’ – Roman Opalka 2008

In the previous article in the C-theory series I have argued that time has two logical dimensions: the ‘timeline’ of causal succession of events and the ‘timeline’ of evental identity-formation. The first timeline corresponds to changes from one evental identity to another; the second timeline corresponds to changes in the identities of events. These two dimensions can be adequately defined within the theoretic limits of McTaggart’s (1908) model, whose A-series coordinates the historical dimension in terms of past, present and future, the B-series defines the sequence of evental succession in terms of before and after, and the C-series signifies order.  Continue reading “C-Theory: A and B Times are Not Time”

The Feminist Seduction of Western Society (by Corey Schink)

The term ‘feminism’ was first coined by French socialist philosopher Charles Fourier (…) in the course of envisioning his utopian future. Writing in the lead-up to and aftermath of the French Revolution, in revolt against both the old Catholic authorities and their doctrines and the new ‘free market’ and ‘Enlightenment’ ideals, Fourier claimed to have discovered, scientifically, the ultimate truth and end of all society: the omniarch – a global government ruled by feminist and socialist forces… Continue reading “The Feminist Seduction of Western Society (by Corey Schink)”

A Functionalist Defence of Binary Gender

Wellcome Library, London

Contemporary gender theory (esp. Judith Butler) regards gender as a performative social construct. While there certainly is a performative dimension to gender, biological sex may still determine gender if the sexual function is structurally normative over performativity; a female body acting like a man is performatively distinct from a male body acting like a man.  Continue reading “A Functionalist Defence of Binary Gender”