riczhang has written 10 posts for Philosophy 12

Love: Decades in the Making

Amour is the 5 time Oscar nominated, masterpiece directed by Auteur Michael Haneke. The trailer to the film is embed above, and I will mostly try to refer to the trailer when discussing the film however I will refer  non-trailer scenes at times. I recommend all of you to see the film which opens on 18 January … Continue reading

The Ethics of a Failed Experiment

In the history of our world we’ve seen many governments, and great men come and go. In the time it’s taken to get from our the days when we were Australopithecus to now we’ve seen Julius Caesar get stabbed, a war that lasted a century, and countless pandemics among other things that’ve drastically the course of human history. … Continue reading

Truth or the Lack Thereof?

“Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.” – Chaucer “In nomine Patris, et Filli, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.” It’s Sunday morning, on 8 May 1456, and we’re in a cathedral; decked out in brilliant splendour and full of grace. The Priest is facing away from the congregation at the altar, and we hear … Continue reading


Born in the 18th Century, Immanuel Kant was a Prussian metaphysician and was an important part of the Enlightenment. Born in Konigsberg, the then Regional capital of Prussia, he never travelled more than 10 miles away from it. It is something that influenced his philosophy for the rest of his life, because as the capital … Continue reading

Philosopy of Deutsch – Richard and Greg

“You know what is so good about the truth? Everyone knows what it is, no matter how long they’ve lived without it. No one forgets the truth, they just get better at lying” David Deustch is a British Physicist who came up with a a theory that determines the objectivity, and the truth between opposing … Continue reading

A Flawed Pragmatic Argument for Religion

Reading some stuff recently, I stumbled upon a really interesting argument for the justification of religion, it went: 1. The Belief in God gives Practical Benefits 2. All Beliefs giving Practical Benefits are Pragmatically Justifiable 3. The Belief in God is Pragmatically Justifiable Now, this is an example where the argument, is neither, sound, nor … Continue reading

American Obesity

Americans are Fat John Smith is American Therefore, John Smith is Fat. Without first mentioning the fact that this syllogism is fundamentally flawed, because it is based on faulty, and subjectively untrue statements, we have to conclude that this syllogism is fundamentally valid. It is valid because the conclusion, is based, and directly taken from … Continue reading

The 47% and How We Got There

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to … Continue reading

An Elegant Solution to Keeping Track of Reality

“You know beyond a doubt that you’re not in someone else’s dream” This past week, our Philosophy class has been eagerly dissecting every aspect of one of the most famous philosophical dialogues in history, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” I’m not going to summarise the contents of the allegory, because that is not what I … Continue reading

Richard: The Opposite of History

My presentation starts of with a video, after which there will be an explanation. Don’t be daunted by the 138 minute length of my video, because you only need to watch the first minute-ish of it, and why the video is so much longer is covered in my explanation. A great woman once defined philosophy … Continue reading