Beyond Meaning: Film-Being and The Production of Presence

In this essay, I contrast Gumbrecht’s insight with the cognitivist and Daniel Frampton’s phenomenological views on cinematic experiences. Borrowing scenes from Terrance Malik’s film The Tree of Life, I propose that cinematic expressions can create presence besides communicating stable, concrete meanings that mostly engage one’s mind. I side with Gumbrecht and argue that merely attributing or reconstructing the meaning of a film, cognitively or phenomenologically, limits the philosophising potential of the medium. After all, film intrinsically philosophises as a physical reality, or film-being.

Plato’s Apology: The Failure of the Socratic Method in Public Discourse

This is the first major paper I submitted in university. It is a rhetorical analysis focusing on Socrates's final trial. I have pasted the introduction and the conclusion here. Many thanks to Dr. Mark Brantner from NUS, USP writing centre assistants, as well as all my friends for their help and encouragement. A complete list… Continue reading Plato’s Apology: The Failure of the Socratic Method in Public Discourse

Consider the view that Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.

The following essay is actually my class assignment for GP. It is one of the essays that I am most proud of. Wish myself all the best for the upcoming GP Exam! Note that the question is adopted from Singapore-GCE A'Level 2012 General Paper P1. Consider the view that Mathematics possesses not only truth, but… Continue reading Consider the view that Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.