What is ‘Islam’? A philosophical inquiry into the conception of Islam as a multi-faced web of perspectives

Certainly, it seems natural for us to have some preconceptions in mind when we hear the word Islam or Islamic but do we really know what it means? In this essay I would like to go beyond these commonly held preconceptions in order to put emphasis on its multi-faced dimensions. By keeping ‘What is Islam’ …

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On Diversity

In keeping with this year's theme of the Ayudh Europe summit, I thought it would be good to think some more on diversity. This paper is meant to help me develop my thoughts, communicate my thoughts , but most importantly create a common ground for discussion. Whether you agree with my stance on what diversity …

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Islam: a body of Cultural Abundance: Ongoing creation and the celebration of Love & Knowledge

Islam in contemporary times is a concept laden with biases, preconceptions and ambiguity. It is often judged to be a strictly conservative, traditionalist and repressive religion that strictly binds its believers to an unbreakable religious codex, the Sharia. Such an opinion however is uninformed and does not at all explain the phenomenon of Islam in …

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Abstracting the Self: Selfhood as Non-Existence

The discussion around the nature of selfhood is one which has seen no growing consensus in recent times. The Buddhist notion of anatman is often given much attention throughout this debate, but argumentation and refutation has developed far beyond the times of original Buddhist scripture. Mark Siderits approaches this Buddhist idea in a contemporary fashion, …

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Death and World-Collapse in Being and Time

Death is the most central issue of division two of Heidegger’s Being and Time. In division one, Heidegger completes the analysis of the ontological care-structure of Dasein. The aim of division two is to connect Dasein’s care-structure to temporality. Consequently, division two contains the existential aspect of Being and Time. As such, the concept of …

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A Case Study in the Ethics of Technology: Sex Robots

Introduction In the field of artificial intelligence (A.I.), engineers are working hard on different kinds of robots. Many jobs, such as chauffeur, teacher, even doctor and judge[1], are bound to become replaced by robots sooner or later[2]. Even though this might seem a rather futuristic picture, the prospect is becoming ghastly realistic. This might sound …

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On the Possibility of Objectivity under Relativistic Conditions

A popular theory of truth is that between cultures, truth is ‘relative’. This is often taken to mean that each culture can make its own legitimate claims to truth and can independently generate truth – even if between two cultures, all said truths are mutually exclusive and contradictory. In this essay, I will argue for …

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