Why is the Rioting Mob case described by Smart supposed to present a problem for the utilitarian?

Firstly in order to answer this question we must have a clear view as to what constitutes utilitarianism conceptually: ‘The term ‘utilitarianism’ stems from the idea of utility, meaning social utility or welfare, or ‘good of society.’ The ‘social utility’ that utilitarianism is referring to is the optimisation of pleasure over pain for everyone.’[1] Utilitarianism is a branch of consequentialist normative ethics whereby the ‘rightness’ … Continue reading Why is the Rioting Mob case described by Smart supposed to present a problem for the utilitarian?

The Magic of Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide.

Before we leap head first down the rabbit hole that is the world of Magic Mushrooms I want to quickly make a short statement: I have only been actively experimenting with these wonderful plants and their close relations for the past 4 years and only within the last year have I taken the idea of the ‘Trip’ more seriously, giving it the proper due care, … Continue reading The Magic of Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide.

Gender in Hip-hop

When exploring gender in Hip-Hop two things are blatantly obvious to me. Hip-Hop’s representation of what it is to be male or female is incredibly diverse and incredibly complicated. On the one hand you have an overwhelming masculine and feminine discourse that seems to pertain to the stereotypical white supremacist notion of black pathology. Yet coexisting amongst this seemingly racist narrative you have intricate and … Continue reading Gender in Hip-hop

Meditation: A case study from an occupational science stand point.

In this essay the link between activity and well-being will be looked at through the lens of meditation and mindfulness practice. Firstly the concept of well-being will be defined for use in this analysis. This definition, whilst not necessarily fact and open to interpretation, will form the basis of what will be considered ‘well-being’ and thus govern how activity impacts on the specific criteria determined … Continue reading Meditation: A case study from an occupational science stand point.