Philosophical Topics

Are History and Geography the Only Factors that Determine a Country’s Laws?

October 11, 2009

The statement that history and geography are the sole determinants of a country‚Äôs laws on its first reading already reveals an inherent flaw, namely its exclusive nature. While the determining force of the factors of geography and history is self-evident and will not be negated in this essay, it will be shown that they cannot […]

Human Rights and Cultural Relativism

October 7, 2009

The notion of the dialogical character of human identity as developed by the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor in his Ethics of Authenticity gives rise to a need for further discussion, this time at the level of the identity of cultures. A requirement for proper authenticity is that a person is a part of a society […]

Is There Morality in War?

October 4, 2009

In attempting to answer the question whether all means are legitimate in the conduct of war and whether in war there is morality, we will look at two opposing viewpoints, namely the just war theory and pacifism. However, in order to be able to take the position of one of the two viewpoints, we have […]