Today, The Social Mobility Commission (an advisory public body) has published a social mobility report, which outlines that 48 per cent of people think that our parents and our backgrounds determine what we manage to achieve in society. Only 32 percent of us think that society gives everyone a fair shot. In fact, over half of young people think that they are held back by the cards they were dealt at birth. The findings of the report (which can be found here) elude to the ever-deepening geographical divide that cleaves our country in two. London, characteristically, is seen as the […]
All around the world, Immanuel Kant is lauded as one of the most important philosophical figures in history. While there is no denying the historical significance of his work (notably his Critique of Pure Reason), it might seem as if Kant’s day in the sun is over. His strong emphasis on a duty-based worldview and objective standards of morality seem to clash with today’s existential zeitgeist. Not to mention, much of Kant’s metaphysics has now been replaced by physics – his views on time, space, and causality have all been ousted. So, the question you might be wondering is why […]
Written to win favour with the Governor of Florence, Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ was conceived in a desperate attempt to return himself to politics. His intention was to produce a practical guide on how to attain and retain political power. In this article the question I’m interested in is whether Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ is still relevant today. Now hailed as one of the seminal works of the time, it is easy to read the first chapters and wonder what all the fuss is about – I know that’s how I felt. While the first half of the book […]
It seems like Theresa May has no intention of stepping down as leader of the Conservatives because of the Election result. However, as is often the case in Politics, the decision may not be left up to her. After a disappointing campaign followed by equally disappointing results, many are now questioning her right to be the leader of our country. Nevertheless there are plenty of capable candidates ready to step up to the mark, so who is most deserving? And who do the bookies have as odds on favourite? Boris Johnson As Conservative Leader Beaten to the top […]
The UK Election has officially run its course, and Theresa May’s Conservative Party has failed to retain a majority in the House of Commons. Although the Conservatives have ‘won’ the election (they achieved the greatest number of seats), they have failed to gain a parliamentary majority, which stands at 326 seats out of the total 650 MPs in the United Kingdom. This is what is known as a hung parliament. So, what does a Hung Parliament mean for the UK? Firstly, it is important to note that the major parties have three options available to them in these first few […]
What does it actually mean to say that human beings are free, and how can science possibly prove that it doesn’t exist?
This week I stumbled across a snippet from the celebrated thinker Lao Tzu. The particular insight made a lasting impression on me – as you would imagine, having been written by the man whose name meant ‘Old Master’. Nevertheless, it got me thinking – what really are the most profound philosophical quotes to ever have been proclaimed? After scouring the Internet, I have compiled below a list of philosophically enlightening tidbits, that, when taken to heart, just might change your life. Of course, if you can think of any great examples of quotes or musings that personally resonated with you […]