Thursday, March 18, 2004

A new blog...

My first post. I'll use this to briefly introduce myself and outline the purpose of this blog, before I get into the real stuff.

I'm a philosophy undergraduate student at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. My main academic interest at the moment is moral philosophy, but I'm currently doing papers on political philosophy, epistemology & metaphysics, and (next semester) logic and semantics.

This blog is basically just to allow me to splurge out whatever random thoughts pop into my head. Every now and then they may even take the form of coherent arguments. I suppose it could come in useful as I study for exams too, come to think of it... I have a political philosophy test next tuesday, so you can expect to hear some thoughts on Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau over the next few days.

Other than that, I plan to soon post a bit about "skepticism" in epistemology, and also cover various themes in moral philosophy - particularly Alonzo Fyfe's theory of Desire Utilitarianism. Every now and then I might discuss some issues in New Zealand politics, etc.

My favourite blogs/websites are Crooked Timber, Butterflies & Wheels, and Arts & Letters Daily, so you can expect to hear sporadic comments about things I've come across there and elsewhere.


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