As a big fan of Russian literature (who isn't?), and Dostoevsky himself, I love reading and writing about the details of his work. Strangely, however, something that seemed fairly obvious to me, was lacking in research and academic discussion. The link between the Underground Man and the struggle with reason is either; a figment of… Continue reading The Underground Man and his struggle with post-enlightenment reason.
Philosophy of emotion is a fascinating area of the discipline. I had never heard of it, and only ever considered emotion from a psychological perspective (i.e. where various emotions occur in the brain – don’t ask… I’ve forgotten), before my university began running it as a module this academic year. I suppose, somewhat naïvely, I… Continue reading How can public grief be false? Tweeting crocodile tears.
In many ways, there is little more to be said about this book than the eight word review on the front cover from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – “Everyone who eats flesh should read this book”. With all due respect to Hugh, though, that doesn’t make for an exciting post, so I’ll try to drag it out… Continue reading Book Review #1 – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Understanding the relationship between philosophy and politics is, for me, one of the most interesting discussions to be had. So perhaps this makes it an appropriate starting point for Plato’s Café. When one studies philosophy at undergraduate level (perhaps other levels too, I never studied philosophy academically before my degree), one is often told that… Continue reading Philosophy and Politics
... The spectre of Plato’s Café. Welcome to Plato’s Café, and thank you for coming. Would you like to try the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Hegel? Or a Plate o' Fish and Chips? We have a dessert with Kant-aloupe melon, Anscombe other fruit in it too. Or, perhaps, just a cup of tea and some Hobbes-nobs?… Continue reading A spectre is haunting WordPress…