Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

First published on 24 October 2022. A lot of people try to make predictions about the future based on observations about the past. Of course, however, the only reality we truly experience is the present. But the present is the past moving forward to the future. This ineluctable truth reveals the inexorable flow of time. … Continue reading Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

On contradiction

To embrace contradiction is intelligence. To resolve contradiction is courage. ‘Two philosophers meet at Jena.’ Hegel meets Napoleon in Jena — an imagined piece from Harper’s Magazine, 1895. To deny contradiction is stupidity. To ignore contradiction is cowardice. The fool says in their heart, ‘There is no contradiction.’ The wise teacher says, ‘There is no … Continue reading On contradiction

The part and the whole: Can Plato’s city satisfy everyone?

A university essay submitted in autumn 2019, after reading Plato's Republic over the preceding summer. While Plato’s city can partially satisfy at least one part of the soul for everyone, it cannot fully satisfy every part of the soul each person can satisfy. Even if we take Plato’s premises for granted, his city can fully … Continue reading The part and the whole: Can Plato’s city satisfy everyone?