Friday, 26 March 2010

Radio Bulletin 4

With student elections drawing ever closer, expectation around the University of Winchester is growing to see who will be become the new President of the University's student union.

Current President Jimmy Weighell aims for another year in office however faces tough competition from Seb Miell and Aaron Forrester in the race for the Presidency.

When asked about he felt before Thursday night's results, here's what Mr Weighell had to say about his goal for a second year:

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Radio Bulletin 3

Current stallholders of Winchester's Thursday bric-abrac market are having growing concerns over the future of the market stall, after rumours that Winchester City Council plans to shut it down.

This would decrease the amount of traders into the city, and even though there has been no confirmed plans to scrap the bric-abrac on Thursdays, stallholders still feel that it won't be long before the council puts them out of business.

When asked about the future of the market, Thursday stallholder Paul Roberts had this to say:

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Friday, 19 March 2010

Abramovich wins libel damages

The Russian billionaire, and owner of my beloved Chelsea Football Club has won libel damages against an Italian journalist.

It was reported that Mr Abramovich had a gambling problem including playing poker forcing a tension between himself and his partner, Dasha Zhukova. This resulted in libel action being taken from the "distressed and embarrassed" Russian.

Here is the report on BBC for anybody who wishes to read more about it. I know for sure Jake and Coopsy will be having a little look!


Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Radio Newsday 2

The state of Winchester's roads have come under criticism due to complaints about the number of potholes.

In an attempt to resolve the problem, pothole gangs have doubled since February after a motorist threatened action against county authorities over his damaged vehicle.

When asked about the growing concern of potholes on the roads in local areas, Liberal Democrat Martin Tod said:

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Newsday 1: Radio Bulletin

A Winchester business has enjoyed its first taste of success, winning "Best Small Business Website" at the 7th HantsWeb awards.

The Sweet Treat Company, only six months old, amazed judges with their colourful and vibrant website to win at the event organised by the Hampshire County Council.

We caught up with Kristian Price of The Sweet Treat Company to find out how he felt about the growing popularity of the website:

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AUDIO INSERT NAME: Sweet Shop Website
IN WORDS: Very proud...
OUT WORDS: .....keep it different

Sunday, 7 March 2010

HCJ Lecture Two Kant and Hegel

Bertrand Russell doesn't believe that Immanuel Kant is one of the greatest modern philosophers, but does say that he would be "foolish not to recognise his great importance". Kant wrote the well known book, "Critique of Pure Reason" and his purpose was to prove that our knowledge is in part 'a priori' and not inferred inductively from experience. Kant states that if we include existence in the defintion of something then claiming it exists is a reptition of an idea.

Russell goes on to say "Kant accepted the view that the law of causality is synthetic, but nevertheless maintained that it is known a priori"-a priori is defined as knowledge or justification independent of experience, or a justification which makes reference to experience, but it concerns how one knows the proposition or claim in question. Russell goes on further to say that Kant claimed the outer world causes only the matter of sensation, and supplies the concepts by means of which we understand experience.

Kant's fourth section of the Critique proves that there is, and is not an absolutely necessary being-this greatly influenced Hegel (whose dialectic proceeds wholly by way of antinomies). Kant sets out to "demolish" all the purely intellectual proofs of God's existence, and he does say he has other reasons for believing in God, but for the sake of his book his purpose and belief was purely negative.

Regarding space and time, Kant holds that immediate objects of perception are due partly to external things and partly to our own perceptie apparatus. To prove that space and time are a priori forms, Kant has two classes of argument: Mataphysical and transcendental. Metaphysical relates to the idea that it is possible to imagine nothing in space, but impossible to imagine no space. Kant also used this argument to claim space is an intuition, not a concept. Kant uses transcendental argument to analyse geometry. He claims on one hand there is pure geometry, then on the other hand there is geometry as a branch of physics.

Hegel (1770-1831) set forth political doctrines which influenced the course of history. Even though it is believed his doctrines were false, he still retains historical and political importance. One difficult aspect of Hegel's work is his "innovation of logic" and in response to Kant's challeneg to the limits of Pure Reason, Hegel developed a new form of logic called Speculation (or today most known as "dialetics"). Speculation is a method of argument consisting of a dialogue between two or more people who hold different ideas and wish to persuade each other.

Russell states that Hegel understands logic as the same thing as metaphysics. His view is that "any ordinary predicate, if taken as qualifying the whole of Reality, turns out to be self-contradicting".
A few examples of Hegel's dialectic method may serve to make it more intelligible-he begins the argument of his logic by the assumption that 'the absolute is pure being' but pue being without any qualities is nothing, therefore we are led to the anti-thesis (non-existence)-this process, according to Hegel is essential to the understanding of te result. Each later stage of the dialectic contains all the earlier stages, as it were in solution: none of them is 'wholly' superseded. It is imposible to reach the truth except by going through all steps of the dialectic.

Though he was often critical of Kant, Hegel's philosophy wouldn't exist without Kant - "The nature of Reality can be deduced from the sole consideration that it must be not self-contradictory"

Russell criticises Hegel as "the hardest to understand of all the great philiosphers". Russell considered much of Hegel's philosophy to be an elaboration of the mystic theories to which hegel was attracted to in his younger years. Bertrand also attacked Hegel's "obscure" logic and "metaphysically impossible" attempt to get rid of the "in-itself". Hegel argues that in his science of logic, that the German language was particularly conducive to philosophical thought and writing.