Tag Archives: Augustine

Calais and Constancy

  The Calais crisis, the tail end of a migration of people displaced by war and other geographic misfortune, is not a crisis of demography whatsoever; it is a crisis of Britain’s rectitude. It is a crisis that asks us … Continue reading

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Utopias, Anti-Utopias, Dystopias and Cockaygne

There is one tradition in which my reading is obsessive, otherwise I am perhaps too eclectic. And it is also one in which the nuances are frustratingly and commonly missed or forgotten, but nonetheless fascinating. To start with the subtlest, … Continue reading

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A Critical reading of ‘Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It’

The whole of humanity suffers when someone opts out. p.4 Ideas can take lives and other ideas can save lives. p.6 The kernel of Jennifer Michael Hecht’s thesis is an injunction arrived at after the suicides of close friends, ‘One … Continue reading

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