Category: ACERP2018


The Tragedy of Humanism: Education at the Crossroads?

In True Humanism, written shortly after the devastation of parts of Europe and Japan, Maritain argued that heightened affirmations of humanism, in some senses, have not had an entirely beneficial or progressive influence: in his own words, one of the great “misfortunes” of “modern history has been that all this progress has been directed by


Does Rule Utilitarianism Support in Vitro Fertilization?

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is currently a commonplace technology that has successfully treated millions of infertile couples the world over. Rule Utilitarianism deals with the tendencies of actions to produce more pleasure and concerned with long term consequences.Use of Reproductive TechnologyThe extraction of gametes and in-vitro conception, namely the separation of


The Views of Human Resource Practitioners in Promoting Ethical Behaviour in Organisations: A South African Perspective

Organisations that implement a management philosophy that relies heavily on business ethics in all functional areas but especially when dealing with human resources, are proven to be more successful than those that operate in an unethical manner. The purpose of this paper is to share insights obtained from human resource (HR) practitioners about ethical behaviour


The Blank Moral Frameworks for the New-Media Journalism Landscape

This article aimed to study and compare the shifting Media age, to the online media, with the traditional media age in the terms of moral and ethical framework which once was written to control how traditional journalists work.The qualitative methodology, content analysis, was employed for conducting the research. The research revealed that in the traditional


Angel Time in the Undiscovered Country: The Cultural and Philosophical Context of Contemporary Afterlife Fiction for Young Adults

In recent years, fiction specifically set in or about the afterlife has become a popular,critically acclaimed sub-genre within contemporary speculative fiction for young adults, especially but not only in English-language publishing. These narratives, where the main characters die at the beginning of the story and find themselves in a world beyond death, have evolved within


Shariah- Compliant Credit Surety Funds: The Lasting Solution to Poverty in Mindanao

The root cause of insurgency in Mindanao that has allowed armed groups to perpetrate is the lack of economic opportunities. A combination of peace deals and the promotion of access to finance, in accordance with its culture and religion, is the way to build a lasting peace in communities destroyed by years of armed conflict.Mindanao,


Language of Piety and Sympathy: A Reading of the Culture of Spirituality in Bicol Region Through Pasion Bicol

The profound sense of piety and religiosity in the Bicol region, southern Philippines, can be seen in the way people view the roles and functions of Catholic faith in their lives – a highly personal one. People perform rituals and devoutly show their faith by practicing penance to evoke pity and sympathy from God. This


Yhwh’s Cult: Reading Deuteronomy Through the Lens of the Bildung Tradition and F.P. Demeterio’s “Dialogical Hermeneutics” Framework

Many people perceive the Book of Deuteronomy as “the second law,” following its etymology. It has been misunderstood because of the mistaken rendering of the Septuagint as “this second law;” should have been correctly translated as “a copy of this law,” instead. This may also be precisely the reason of our indifferent feeling towards Deuteronomy


Language as a Barrier to Informed Consent and Patient Communications in South African Hospitals

Background: The ability of HCPs to communicate effectively is critical to patient understanding. Barriers to communication arising from illiteracy and language could prevent understanding of medical procedures, thereby putting patients at risk of providing informed consent (IC) without comprehension. The National Health Act stipulates that healthcare professionals (HCPs) when obtaining IC, “must, where possible, inform


Appreciating and Mainstreaming Inclusive Education: A Classroom Experience in the Philippines

The task of providing relevant education necessitates evolving and constant tuning in with the changing times and thoughts. As a faculty member for 23 years, I am witness to how my school, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, readily embraces current and post-modern thoughts in philosophy of education. Pragmatic education, multiple intelligences, learner-centered education, creativity


The Ecological Ethics of Laudato Si’, Its Pedagogy and Doable Solutions for a Greener Philippines

Laudato Si’, the first encyclical that addresses the environment, challenges us all to survive, thrive and let our generation in times of change “be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life” (LS #207). The Ecological Ethics of Laudato Si’ echoes the biblical concept of justice — the Hebraic Covenant Theology,


Philosophy of Travelling: The Family as Carrier of Culture

This study will argue on the critical role of the family in the development of values and culture. Psycho-social development and philosophical writings explain how the primary values are developed early in life, mostly until 12 years old. For the next generation to thrive in times of change, philosophical mindfulness need to be inculcated while


The Role of Arts in Preserving/Transforming National Identity in Times of Change: Filipino Context

The identity of nation is dynamic and continuously undergoes transformation. Given the constantly changing political, social, cultural and even economic environment the crucial question is how can a nation’s identity be preserved and transformed in the midst of all these changes. While national identity has some core elements it cannot remain static amidst external influences.


Faith in the Context of Migration: Ethnographic Features of Faith of Migrant Filipino Catholics in Macau, China

Filipinos comprise some of the biggest numbers of migrants worldwide, and in Macau, they are the largest non-Chinese migrant ethnic group. Mainly Catholic, they are also known to be very religious people, and as such, for most Filipinos, faith plays a central role in the migration process. This paper is a study of how Filipinos


A Study of the Process Consciousness and Process-Free Consciousness in the Cognitive Process of Buddhist Psychology

In the Abhidhamma, one of the divisions of the Pāli Canon, the whole gamut of Buddhist psychological experience is expounded in detail by two streams of consciousness: process-consciousness and process-free consciousness. The process consciousness refers to the active condition of consciousness when it occurs in a cognitive process. The process-free consciousness refers to the passive


Re-Conceptualizing the Cult of Sava Zeus

The Thracian and Phrygian Sabazios cult is often identified with the Dionysian cult and rituals. The cult of Dionysus had been present in the Ancient Greek art and culture starting from the late 5th century BC. A general audience, became familiar with the content and meaning of Dionysian cult mostly through Euripides tragedy Bacchae. Both


The Question of Identity in the Postmodern World

Postmodernism has unbolted doors to numerous new thoughts. Certain thoughts which are contradictory towards the ongoing ‘truth’ are now accepted by the postmodernist to be one form of truth. As postmodernism does not hold on to any ‘absolute truth’ postmodernism is considered to be a lamentable development in human civilization. But postmodernism has its own


Social Distance and Empathy: Is There Such Thing as Selective Empathy?

Being a part of groups is one major component of identity. However, while we can choose some groups to be part of, categories such race and ethnic—along with gender and religion to some extent—are something that we cannot choose. Even so, we identify ourselves as those assigned group, rather than our achieved ones. This paper


On the Free Choice of the Will in Faith or Reason: A Study of Augustine of Hippo

This article is about the phenomenon of will in Augustine of Hippo’s ontology. According to On Free Choice of the Will, Augustine considers that the origin of sin in human beings must not be given by God because He is omni-benevolence. In that case, God has not created any badness in the world, but has


Back to the Sustainability! Seeking the Common Vision of Ecological Reconciliation in Christianity, Ren, and Tao

From the 20th century to the 21st century, environmental problems have become the most difficult issues for the human beings. Many have noticed the weakness of capitalism and the failure of free market system which assume there is no limit of the earth, but the truth is exactly opposite. Many have also realized that that


Spiritualism or Materialism: A Philosophical Reflection of Swami Vivekananda’s Thought

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), a synergy of flamboyance and spiritual depth, is one of the most prominent figures of modern times. His spiritualism inheres a deep concern for the poor. In his various speeches and writings, he emphasized the need of the material development of the poor. There is a misconception that he glorified religion and