For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative
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Great writers are found with an open mind on The Spectator | I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like…
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‘What Exile from himself can flee?’: Byron and the price of exile – Wordsworth Trust
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For the most part, Americans fall into two groups with regard to philosophy: those who dismiss it as being pointless navel-gazing, and those who study it, and find it fascinating, but do not see how it has any relation to day-to-day life.
I believe it not only has an effect on day-to-day life, but it most certainly has an effect on fiction in general and fantastical fiction in particular.
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Yet in reality, the leader seeks alliances with large enterprises and the great monopolies, so long as they obey him, for each has something the other wants: He gets their loyalty, and they avoid democratic accountability.
via Opinion | Be Afraid of Economic ‘Bigness.’ Be Very Afraid. – The New York Times
George Orwell wrote that he recognized the Great War mentality lingering even in the 1930s in his own left-wing circles — the same desire to sniff out those who departed from party orthodoxy, the same retelling of mostly false atrocity stories, the same war hysteria. As Christopher Isherwood put it, all the young people who were ashamed of never having fought in the war brought warlike simplicities to political life.
via Opinion | The Struggle to Stay Human Amid the Fight – The New York Times