Significant Quotations #4 Freedom of Speech a Deadly Sin?


I’ve chosen this quote from George Orwell as it seems so relevant today, despite him having written it more than 60 years ago. I suppose it emerged from his famous novel “1984” and his many essays in which he said: “Almost certainly we are moving into an age of totalitarian dictatorships – an age in … Continue reading Significant Quotations #4 Freedom of Speech a Deadly Sin?

Significant Quotations: #2 Only the educated are free


Epictetus was a Greek philosopher, a Stoic, who freed himself from slavery by his intelligence and use of his mind. The educated are free because they can free their “bonds” and use their minds to question, challenge, explore thoughts, theories as well as themselves and others. This quote was the motto of our original education … Continue reading Significant Quotations: #2 Only the educated are free

Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy


I am a huge fan of Alain de Botton whose books take some quite heavy subjects and make them accessible to the rest of "us plebs". I bought this particular book as it seemed to take the philosophy of ancients such as Socrates and apply it to modern day questions. The title of de Botton’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy

A Flummox of Philosophers: #3 The Academics


An ongoing series of short posts about schools of philosophy and individual thinkers through the ages. Some of them I briefly studied during my psychology degree, others I have considered more recently in retirement and old age. This is NOT a rigorous or academic treatise ..... but it might make you think! And remember, philosophy … Continue reading A Flummox of Philosophers: #3 The Academics

A Flummox of Philosophers: #2 The Presocratics


An ongoing series of short posts about schools of philosophy and individual thinkers through the ages. Some of them I briefly studied during my psychology degree, others I have considered more recently in retirement and old age. This is NOT a rigorous or academic treatise ..... but it might make you think! And remember, philosophy … Continue reading A Flummox of Philosophers: #2 The Presocratics