Kassiopeia (she/they)

Scholar, St Andrews

About Kassiopeia

I am from London, UK

I study Philosophy and English at St Andrews

My research/leadership project is about the philosophy of ecology - specifically, ways of thinking about Nature and what that entails for human beings. I will be evaluating the two main alternative models to the 'anthropocentric' one (which considers human beings separate two and above Nature). These are the Holistic view - that we should dissolve the human/nature barrier and consider ourselves as parts of one entangled system - and the Othering view - which defines what is natural as what is non-human. 

I chose this project because I believe that the Earth Systems Crisis we are experiencing is not merely technological, but deeply rooted in the way humans beings think about nature. I also chose it because I find the ideas involved to be ecstatically beautiful, and to deepen by experience of the world. 

When I'm not studying, I like to write and read poetry, spend hours in art galleries, wander in forests, and dance the nights away. I also help run Refugee Action St Andrews, as Vice President. 

I'd love to connect with someone who is interested in philosophy, poetry, or nature, wherever they may be. 

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


University of St Andrews

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Research Topic

Ecology Philosophy

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United Kingdom

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My hobbies/interests are:

Politics & current events Reading Swimming Volunteering

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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University of St Andrews Arts & Humanities

Recent Comments

Jun 29, 2023
Replying to Hannah Viljoen

Hi Kassiopeia, 

Absolutely love this piece and your ideas on the future of the AI-problem in higher education. I have also been thinking about this issue and I particularly liked your suggestion of involving professors and tutors in the writing process itself - I think a practical mechanism to do this would be to have one extra tutorial per semester which focuses specifically on the assessment pieces, where tutors and tutees could reflect together and have the opportunity to gain feedback. This would also provide the necessary oversight you mentioned. Moreso, I totally agree that blanket banning AI is not the solution - particularly since I find it to be hugely beneficial in the learning process. I often use Chat GPT to get summaries of cases or papers so that I can ascertain whether they are worth it to read for the current topic I am looking at. Excellent article and thanks for sharing! 

Thank you so much!

I've been using ChatGPT to create reading lists on topics I'm unfamiliar with - the only downside being that it occasionally completely invents a text which doesn't exist, which I spend an hour combing through the library trying to find. 

This work actually came out of an internship that the philosophy department asked me to do on AI adjustments, and I've actually been talking to my uni's Associate Dean for Education since - the university seems to actually be quite receptive to change and the opportunities here, which I find heartening. I'd be interested to hear what Trinity is doing about it?

May 16, 2023
Replying to Peter Vojnits

Hi Kassiopeia,

This is a fascinating piece, thank you for sharing. I'm aware that AI is presenting some issues in academia lately. However, it also offers an opportunity. The quote from UCL seems to be an apt demonstration of this. AI should not be rejected outright, but should be used in a collaborative and meaningful way to enhance the world of academia.  

Hi Peter, thanks for reading! This sprang out of some research the St Andrews philosophy department has asked me to do on AI cheating, but I do think there could be a positive role (especially in overcoming writers block etc.). I wonder how you think it could be used, as you say, in a collaborative and meaningful way?