Conference: ACERP2017

The Problem of Dualism: ‘Self’ as Cultural Exaptation

The concept of “Self” is strongly rooted in an ontological (mind/body) and epistemological (reality/fiction) dualism. This idea appears as the result of a succession of genetic predispositions emerged from a series of adaptations of cognitive structures in response to external stimuli. These structures themselves have lead us to interpret and represent the world in terms

Implication of Critical Thinking for Applied Ethics in Science and Technology

As science and technology are descriptive, it is difficult for the undergraduates in Department of Science and Technology (DST) to learn Applied Ethics, which is of a completely different but philosophical approach in making moral judgment by applying Kant’s moral theory, or theories of Utilitarianism, Contractarianism and Euthanasia, etc. Therefore, exploring reflective, interactive but practical

Absolute Totality, Causality, and Quantum: The Problem of Metaphysics in the Critique of Pure Reason

Kants metaphysics which says that the absolute whole of magnitude has nothing to do with any possible experience presses him to think of a thing in itself, which is merely intelligible. The difficulty is related to the issue of the absolute totality of series of conditions in connection with the issue of the absolute magnitude

A Razor’s Edge: For an Explanation on ‘Identity’ In Timaeus

This paper intends to explain how ‘a razor’s edge’ in Katha-Upanishad inspire an understanding of ‘identity’ in Timaeus. In Katha-Upanishad, a razor’s edge was compared to an extremely sharp path to manifest Ātman, the ultimate eternal Being permeating over the universe and inner Self of individuals. It discloses the arduousness of self-knowing, also reveals that

Your Highness, Mr. Policeman: The Taiwanese Perception of the Policeman during the Japanese Colonial Rule

This article examines the image of the policeman when Taiwan was under Japanese rule (1895-1945) through textual and linguistic analysis. It focuses on the process of how a foreign authority was transformed from a law abiding public servant to a ruthless mighty tyrant in the name of gaining full control and access to a land

Justice and the Rise of China: A Philosophical Approach

The rise of China as an economic superpower has in recent years aroused concerns from Western countries. This research addresses two issues that pertain to China’s potential rise. Firstly, if China is to become a global superpower, what normative principles should be adopted by her in interacting with other countries in the world? Secondly, are

Religious Education of Lifelong Learning in Taiwan Weixin Shengjiao I Ching University

From the mid 1980s to 1990s, the political and economic environment underwent an important change in Taiwan. The President of Republic of China (Taiwan) Lee Teng-Hui declared the Temporary Provisions Effective during the Period of Communist Rebellion to be terminated in 1991. Along with the footsteps of democratization, the policies regarding religion and education have

Religion Politics and Ethics: Moral and Ethical Dilemmas Facing Faith-Based Organizations and Africa in the 21st Century

Religion plays a predominant role in African spiritual worldview and belief systems. However, this intense affinity for religion has often been exploited in an unethical manner by political demagogues, religionists, and other ‘surrogates with interests of their own’. Africans religious proclivity were often misused as a pretext for colonization or perpetuation of poor leadership and

Understanding and Practice of Informed Consent by Professional Nurses in South Africa: An Empirical Study

Introduction: Informed consent (IC) is a legal and ethical doctrine, constitutionally protected in South Africa through rights to bodily integrity, privacy and self-determination. The National Health Act 2003 codified requirements for IC; stipulating that healthcare professionals (HCPs) must inform patients about diagnosis, treatment risks, benefits, options, and right of refusal. However, multicultural societies are challenged