Neil Sinhababu is Fantastic

Neil Sinhababu is a philosopher at the National University in Singapore.  After going through his blog and listening to a podcast, and reading one of his papers on Possible Girls, he’s now become someone whom I frequently look up.  Sinhababu is an ethical hedonist leaning toward utilitarianism.  Indeed, this philosophy spills onto his other works has a nice consistency.

One of his writings is On Obscene Sexual Expressions which I’m very jealous of because it is a well-written piece of work that I have actually been thinking about but I couldn’t exactly put it into writing.  Well, Sinhababu did it for me.  His writing is accessibly clear and filled with humor.  I’ve hardly ever laughed at philosophical writing and Sinhababu has made me laugh, twice.  That’s quite an accomplishment.  If you look at his graphs, you’ll see why.

Part of the sexual expressions is that calling a girl “whore” and “sluts” is usually demeaning, which I’m sympathetic to, but I go farther and suggest that these words just reinforces gender stereotypes.  I know I’ve been meaning to write a post on it, and I promise I will one of these days.  But Sinhababu actually says that people should embrace these words because they actually connote positive things.  You’ll have to read it to see it.  If anything, just read it for a good laugh, but hopefully you may learn something.

Anyways, his blog is now on the left.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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5 Responses to Neil Sinhababu is Fantastic

  1. Wow! Thanks so much.

    That “obscene sexual expressions” thing is probably the best blog post I’ve ever written. I’m really happy about how well it’s been received.

    • shaunmiller says:

      Wow! I’m surprised you’ve replied to me. It’s a great blog and “obscene sexual expressions” is really great. I may have to use it to teach my class someday. Thanks for replying!

      • Martin says:


        Sorry, just wanted to keep the trend going. Anyhow, I listened to Neil in an interview of the podcast “Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot” and got interested to read more. Then I found this blog post from Google.

  2. Pingback: Various Philosophers on Sex | Shaun Miller’s Weblog

  3. shaunmiller says:

    No worries. That’s actually how I heard of him too. Feel free to browse around.

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