Thoughts and News

John Stuart Mill’s defence of freedom of speech

As societies become more divided, free speech tends to come under increasing attack. The temptation is always to restrict the ‘wrongspeech’ of opponents. If my opponents’ speech is wrong, so goes this line of thinking, why should they be allowed to speak at all? What benefit to society by allowing it? And what possible loss through […]

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Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man – Release

I’m excited to announce that the latest book in the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series, Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man, has finally been released and is available on Amazon here in both Kindle and paperback formats. This work follows on from Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man and Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man by introducing […]

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The Enduring Appeal of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

Marcus Aurelius is one of the most widely appreciated of ancient philosophers. The work for which he is best known, the Meditations, occupies a special place not only in our intellectual and cultural history but also – for those who have read him – as an enduring source of ethical guidance. When I came to write Classic […]

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Theravada Buddhism and Thailand’s National Museum

One of the most thought-provoking things to do when you find yourself in a foreign country is to pay a visit to its national museum. Objectively speaking, of course, some national museums will be better than others. But it’s not only the scale or quality of the displays and exhibitions that matters. Of just as […]

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Bantu Philosophy

One of the most inspiring and intriguing books on African spirituality is called simply Bantu Philosophy. I wanted to include passages from Bantu Philosophy in my book, Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man, both because it would have been great to have African spirituality represented, and because of its own intrinsic interest, but unfortunately copyright […]

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