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Doctor of Philosophy— Identity, Recognition, Space. Researching self-hood online. Fantasy enthusiast. Writing about philosophy, politics, and video games.

How Legacy Russell’s Glitch Feminism Reclaims Techno-Optimism

Techno-Optimism as Techno-Babble

When I use the term techno-optimist, I’m specifically referring to an attitude that readily reduces our social ills to problems easily fixed by technology. Solving the greatest political crises of our time is a simple matter, according to the techno optimist, who endlessly refrains that “we only need the right…


As of the 11th of April 2021, 127 thousand lives have been lost to Covid-19 in the UK. Reportedly the biggest drop in population since the Second World War,[i] it would be reasonable to describe this tragedy using chancellor Rishi Sunak’s favourite term: ‘unprecedented’. The loss of life on this…


This essay will contain comprehensive spoilers for Persona 5. Reader caution is advised.

Introduction

Rather unsurprisingly, given its name, the Persona series has a reputation for exploring questions of personal and political identity. Who am I? What is the real me? What is the true self? These are all questions explored…


This article was originally posted in my blog in 2017. I’m reposting it here as I feel that some of the issues it touches upon remain relevant to our present political moment.

“…my feeling is that trans* women are trans* women. I think if you’ve lived in a world as…


Introduction

It is an uncontroversial point (in so far as there are any) to consider Dark Souls as premising much of its narrative drive on the polarity between light and dark. Though originally introduced to these metaphysical concepts as an antagonistic binary,[1] there are many points throughout the fragmented narrative of…


My interest in this entry is to articulate an existentialist reading of the Dishonored video game series, with particular reference to the philosophical work of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness.

This essay was originally posted here on my blogspot account.

This entry will likely include heavy spoilers for this series.


“Cast the Chantry aside, and new problems replace old ones. We will learn nothing from history.”

We blink our eyes, unsure as to where we are. Inky fog has enclosed all about, and a great nothingness seems to extend in all directions. We are then brought to our senses with…


Metaphysics and Myth within Dark Souls

Ruminations on the Fading of the Fire…

At the dawn of the first Dark Souls, we are provided with the cosmogonic myth of the advent of fire. We are told that the fog-shrouded, grey crags of the unformed world in the Age of Ancients is undone through the coming of ‘fire’…

Benjamin Carpenter

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