Category Archives: Philosophy

Our intolerant society: a rough sleeper in our tower block

On our Council estate in north-east London we have a diverse group of people including some very obnoxious individuals. At the repulsive end of the spectrum our caretaker came across a woman sleeping rough in the basement of one of … Continue reading

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The Pearl Levitt theory of pain management

What can’t be cured must be endured. Chris

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A philosopher contemplates death: Voltaire (1770)

In any case, Voltaire* added jocularly, he expected to die shortly and would soon find out who was right concerning immortality of the soul— Plato or Spinoza, Saint Paul or Epictetus, Christianity or Confucianism. *This is jocular because Voltaire was … Continue reading

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Euthanasia: a civic right

They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow… They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. … Continue reading

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Is Theresa May a Conservative?

Michael Oakeshott wrote: To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, … Continue reading

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On the Occasion of the inauguration of Donald J Trump

“Gödel’s* logical rigour caused problems outside academia, too. While studying for his American citizenship assessment in 1948, he told his sponsor Oskar Morgenstein that he’d spotted some inconsistencies in the US Constitution. According to Godel the contradictions created a legal … Continue reading

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Gradgrind and the problem of legless horses

Gradgrind came to epitomise Victorian school teachers. Victorian school teachers were sharply focused on facts. Facts appeared to offer certainty and, even better, they could be tested. A pupil repeating the facts that they’d learned was a good pupil. There’s … Continue reading

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