Empowerment over Diversity: Why the Diversity Discourse is Misguided

In her paper ‘What’s Critical about Critical Theory?’, Nancy Fraser allies herself with Marx’s definition of a critical theory. In her words: ‘[No] one has yet improved on Marx’s 1843 definition of Critical Theory as “the self-clarification of the struggles and wishes of the age.”[1] In this paper, I intend to place myself in this …

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[Postmodernisme] als Modernistische Term

In dit paper zal ik de term ‘postmodernisme’ onder de loep nemen. Het is een controversiële en veelzijdige term – zo kan het onder andere slaan op een stroming binnen de kunst, literatuur, architectuur, filosofie, of zelfs een cultureel tijdperk. Ik zal mij in dit paper alleen bezighouden met ‘postmodernistische’ filosofie. Ik zal pleiten voor …

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Varela and Dignaga shake hands: The Value of Buddhist Praxis and Theory for Cognitive Science

This essay discusses Dignāga’s theory of perception, whereby close attention is payed to the contemporary relevance of his phenomenological analysis of cognitive processes. At first I give a brief overview of the general discussion surrounding Dignāga’s theory to situate his ideas within the philosophical climate of his time. Afterwards I describe the twofold process of …

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Does Allah command Muslims to wage War in the name of Religion? A reflection on Qur’anic prescripts on armed conflict

Popular opinion concerning Islam is shaped by an Anglo-American dominance of the media, which influences the image that its consumers have of Islam. Groups such as ISIS or Al Quaeda terrorize the minds of people with their cruel and inhumane deeds. Both the creation of a misinformed, polemicised and poorly researched image by the media …

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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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