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Time to Think

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chat with a friend, a professor, at a conference. I haven’t met him in a while, so I asked how he was doing. He made an interesting remark. He said: “I’ve been busy, so busy with work that I don’t have time just to sit down and think. All I need is …

Needing Contemplation

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Recently, a philosophy professor mentioned that philosophy only advances when one engages in three things: reading, discussing, and writing. This is so true. Sadly, ever since I graduated, I rarely had the time to write. As you can see from this blog, I don’t write that often. But the actual root of the problem is this: in order to have …

Contemplations by the River

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Took a walk with a friend today to do some photography as we had to include some photos for our papers. Managed to chance upon this scene where a lady was sitting alone by the side of the Singapore River, looking as if she was in deep contemplation. Simply beautiful. Originally shot in black and white. Some minor photoshopping was …

The Consistency of the Life of Contemplation with the Rest of the “Nicomachean Ethics” and its Usefulness in Morality

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by Jonathan Sim This paper was written for my philosophy module on Aristotle. It concerns my favourite activity – contemplation. I hope that you will find this paper enriching. Aristotle argues that the life of contemplation is more excellent than the life of political excellence. Yet, in doing so, he appears to be inconsistent with the rest of the Nicomachean …

默觀 (Contemplation)

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I just realised that the Chinese word for “contemplation” is 默觀. Though there are several phrases for the word, “contemplation”, in Chinese, this term stands out as the most meaningful one. 默 refers to being silent and still. 觀 refers to studying, observing, and at the same time, refers to looking with one’s eyes. These two words come together to …