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On Laws and Justice

On Laws and Justice

April 2, 2018

This is the second part in a three-part series on civilization. The first part, which concerns morality as a way to ensure the observation of social rules set by communities to most efficiently achieve their purposes of formation, can be found at bilnews.bilkent.edu.tr/opinions. What the law does is ensure that people comply with the »

On Morality

On Morality

March 12, 2018

This is the first installment in a three-part series on civilization. Humans naturally come together to form groups that depend on codes of conduct to survive. The nature of such a code mimics the nature of the community, both of which revolve around a fundamental purpose: rules prevent people from violating other members of »

On Humiliation

On Humiliation

February 27, 2018

We leave behind trails of people we have hurt irreparably. Most of them have hurt us back. The larger and less tolerable of these injuries are not usually concrete; they’re not events, not solid things, but instances of full and cutting rejection – the display of a naked wrist or eye without prompting, an »

On Scots Poems

On Scots Poems

February 12, 2018

Scottish poetry is beautiful. It has the limp of a wounded language and the slow, steady beat of a dark country’s people. I see a lot of grief, and a lot of war: grief held like stones and wars Scotland never wins. I see affection, too, a very pure, plain kind of affection, the »

On The Rose

On The Rose

January 29, 2018

“And tell me if you like the rose.” As a child, I had never seen how beautiful she was; now that I am not as young, it surprises me. For the friend to whom I have spoken, it should be very plain; he smiles, tight mouthed, thinking of something else. We are speaking about »

tory, Part 4'>On Victory, Part 4

December 11, 2017

This is the final installment in a four-part series on Joseph Conrad’s novel “Victory.” The first part, which details the plot and the hierarchy among its characters, and the second and third parts, which explore various aspects of the novel, are available online at bilnews.bilkent.edu.tr/opinions. As the novel progresses, Conrad’s focus on the internal tory, Part 4'>»

tory, Part 3'>On Victory, Part 3

November 27, 2017

This is the third installment in a four-part series on Joseph Conrad’s novel “Victory.” The first part, which details the plot and the hierarchy among its characters, and the second part, which concerns the character Lena and the hierarchy between action and inaction, are available online at bilnews.bilkent.edu.tr/opinions. In Heyst’s case, external factors acting tory, Part 3'>»

tory, Part 2'>On Victory, Part 2

November 13, 2017

This is the second installment in a four-part series on Joseph Conrad’s novel “Victory.” The first part, which details the plot and the hierarchy among the characters, is available online at bilnews.bilkent.edu.tr/opinions. Lena’s character is presented in a softer, holier way than that of any other: Conrad’s language turns almost condescendingly reverent, describing her tory, Part 2'>»