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Non-Fiction

A series of essays and articles from my days in academia. Many of these essays were written in response to a question and some of them no longer represent my current views.

Humanising Development with Sen’s Enhancement of Capability

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Development, despites its deceptively simple name, has no singular discourse or meaning. To many, it refers to the growth of a country’s economy –...

Brief Explanation of Weber’s Authority and Legitimacy

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Renowned sociologist Max Weber established an important distinction between authority and legitimacy in politics. Weber (1922) highlighted legitimacy as a relationship between the rulers and...

There should be no Congo

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Herbst and Mills (2009) make a compelling argument to provide a solution to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (henceforth: Congo) problems by no longer...

Should a state control the means of production?

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The state should not control the means of production due to the innovation and efficiency that arises from private ownership (Shleifer, 1998:135), the necessity...

Do states have a Responsibility to Protect?

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The debate over Humanitarian Intervention (henceforth: HI) pits two opposing sides against one another: those against it uphold the principle of Sovereignty, while those...
Machiavelli

The Prince and Modern Politics

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The value of Machiavelli’s The Prince can be construed in a number of ways - prominently, in the practical application of its advice, its...

Offensive Realism and the rise of China

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In his article, Mearsheimer (2006) argues that China’s attempts to gain power as a nation-state will spur the United States into action against them...

The Problem of Evil

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The Problem of Evil has always posed a quandary with regards to the traditional ideas of Theism - so much so that an entire...

Assessing the Divine Command Theory

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Divine Command Theory (DCT) is an assertion that morality is dependent on God. The theory has been classified into three main strands: Prudential, Theoretical...

What led to the rise in acceptance of the views of...

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An economy is ultimately built on trust. If society trusts the system, then the system will remain. In the latter half of the 20th...