R.I.P Mary Midgley, 1919-2018

The excellent and hugely underrated philosopher Mary Midgley has died at the age of 99, shortly after completing yet another book. She was a subtle, scientifically literate scourge of scientism - career highlights included high-temperature roastings of what she saw as the presumption and intellectual laziness in Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene and E.O. Wilson's …

Speaking as a human being; on identity (politics) and intersectionality.

Excellent Op-Ed in the New York Times from a couple of weeks ago by (my once-upon-a-time teacher) Kwame Anthony Appiah, applying his usual clear, precise, urbane style to the question of why it is so common (and perhaps troubling) for people to speak as representatives of a group. Here's part of his argument: Being a …

Needing Hume

Like many other philosophers, I've always had a soft spot for him: a 12-cylinder genius, and yet a wonderfully plain writer with the lightest of touches - but above all (by all accounts) a wonderful man: modest, funny, friendly, and generous. Not a mere dabbler in scepticism, he saw that there is a deep, deep …