52 Books Challenge: #15 The Xanthippic Dialogues


The Xanthippic Dialogues is a work of “fictional philosophy” written by the late great English philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, who passed away in December 2019. It is a parody on the writings of Plato which were mostly based on his dialogues with Socrates, his mentor. Remember as you read this, it’s fiction! The book begins … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #15 The Xanthippic Dialogues

What to drink with What this Christmas!


Dry December: What to drink with What? Foodies looking for inspiration about wine matching to their latest culinary creation are reading the wrong blog, but bear with me because you might find something interesting. Sir Roger Scruton is my favourite living philosopher and one of his books, "I Drink Therefore I Am", is a great … Continue reading What to drink with What this Christmas!

Book Review: Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar


This is my second reading of this book and infinitely more enjoyable than the first, but that’s my own fault. When I first bought it I was looking for inspiration for my blog, I had dried up and thought I could find some philosophy sound bites for topics to write about. It worked, but I … Continue reading Book Review: Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar

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