Category Archives: From the Archives

Humanity’s Drug Addiction…

An old piece, made relevant by today’s news about the spread of antibiotic resistance. One of the great tragedies of our age is man’s insistence on blundering into avoidable fiascos. Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, has been … Continue reading

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Hulme and Anti-Humanism…

He was sent down from Cambridge for his part in a brawl. He hung Wyndham Lewis from the railings of Great Ormond Street. He was described by the sculptor Jacob Epstein as being “capable of kicking a theory as well … Continue reading

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Oakeshott and Scepticism…

A symptom and a cause of the decline of British conservatism has been the absence of philosophical voices. That the publication of Michael Oakeshott’s notebooks occasioned interest, then, is welcome; if only as it might inspire more interesting conversations. Oakeshott … Continue reading

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Captive Minds…

How do intelligent men learn to love stupidity? How do artists come to appreciate barbarism? These questions troubled Czesław Miłosz as he wrote The Captive Mind. A Polish poet, in exile for his dissident stance, he wanted to explore the … Continue reading

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Nightmares of an Eminent Person…

Ray Monk’s biography of Bertrand Russell’s later life, The Ghosts of Madness, is among the most depressing books that I have ever read. For readers who think of Russell as the twinkly grandfather of liberal humanism it will come as … Continue reading

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