Category Archives: Philosophy

The first atom ever to have had its picture taken

My before bed reading the last few weeks has been Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura which is a philosophical tract written around around 2000 years ago, whose arguments are based on the absolute assumption that everything in the universe is made … Continue reading

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John Jay Chapman quotes you should know even if you don’t know who John Jay Chapman was

Even though he had written 25 books, I had never heard of John Jay Chapman until I found him quoted by someone else the other day. But 25 books and not one known to me. All is most certainly vanity. … Continue reading

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Donald Trump is a genius

Donald Trump is a genius in exactly the same way his enemies are morons. I don’t say these people can’t tie their shoelaces or cross the streets by themselves. What I do say is that when it comes to political … Continue reading

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Does one learn by doing or by thinking?

Not exactly the right question since everyone supports government solutions to some things, but the question is still a genuine one: Why Do Intellectuals Support Government Solutions?. I found the link at Instapundit where, not for the first time, the … Continue reading

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Gladstonian liberalism is the answer

I’m not sure I know the question to which Cosmopolitanism Is the Answer, but whatever the question, it is the wrong answer for me. As it happens, these are things I have lately been thinking about myself having come across … Continue reading

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Uniting the non-left

First drafted in July 1986 in response to a piece by Greg Sheridan in The Australian but not taken by that newspaper nor Age Monthly Review, or various other avenues until it ran years later in the Victorian student newsletter … Continue reading

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“If we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again”

Dinner with the family tonight, our last before moving on. And as a going away present, I have bought each of the youngest cousins a copy of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty which had come up in an earlier conversation. … Continue reading

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For nerds. A tribute to Ian Jarvie

Ian Jarvie turns 80 this year and there is a collection of papers to celebrate his career. British-born, he was a student and research assistant of Karl Popper. Now retired in Canada he continues to edit the journal Philosophy of … Continue reading

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For nerds. Parvin on Popper

Phil Parvin, Karl Popper: Volume 14 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers. Continuum, London. Reviewed for Quadrant a few years ago. Full review. Continuum Press is printing a series of 20 books on major conservative and libertarian thinkers. … Continue reading

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Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing

Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look … Continue reading

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