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We are our choices, but are our choices ours?

Every day, from the moment we wake up, we make choices. Ranging from what to have for breakfast to how much effort we want to put into our courses. Our lives basically consist of the choices that we make. They’re like building blocks: for every decision that we make, the structure of our lives starts […]

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Stop extremism- NO to the veil ban

Last week, 51% of Swiss voters cast their ballots in favor of banning women from covering their face completely in public spaces. Full facial veils will only be allowed in places of worship and for native customs and events, such as carnival. Face coverings worn for health reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic will, naturally, […]

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Why everyone should be interested in philosophy

Hello, dear readers. It’s your new resident philosopher here. In my first article of this column, I would like to introduce myself and the purpose of this weekly philosophical analysis. My name is Azul. I am a philosophy student from Argentina. Among my favorite philosophers are Plato, Nietzsche, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Russel and Foucault. What […]

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The feminist importance of “girl-talk”

I know what you’re thinking: the term ‘girl talk’ reeks of uncomfortable, pre-adolescent years where your clothes didn’t fit you from one day to the other and you ruined one too many pairs of jeans when it was “that time of the month.” However, girl talk has an undeserved bad-rep. Throughout history, conversation between women […]

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Love in the Time of Corona: different kinds of love

This article is a part of our series Love in the Time of Corona. If you have any interesting or scandalous love, relationship, or sex stories of your own during the pandemic, reach out to us! We’d love to hear all about it… First, let me introduce you to the three main characters whose lives you’re […]

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Our lives will never be the same after COVID, and thank goodness for that

The COVID-19 crisis has had the particular quality of uprooting absolutely everybody’s lives. No single age group, social class, country or minority has been left untouched by a global pandemic that has changed the world forever. It’s hard to think of a time where one could be inside a packed theatre or at a massive […]

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Embracing vulnerability: reimagining masculinity in Scottish fiction

The 2021 online edition of the Paisley Book Festival has managed to be as magical as last year’s in-person events. The Festival is in its second year and has been developed as part of Future Paisley: a radical, wide-ranging programme of events and activities that make the most of the town’s unique and significant cultural […]

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On life without meaning: introducing Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Reconciling what I believe to be one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century with his unforgivable views has not been easy for me. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, the famed French novelist, was also an anti-Semite. His 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit) avoids the polemical stance he […]