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

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

A Flummox of Philosophers!


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!

The Weekly Stoic: The three tests of Socrates for the media!


OK, I know Socrates wasn't a Stoic, but he had a massive influence on Stoicism. His "three tests" which he used to apply to someone who was about to speak to him certainly harmonise with a Stoical perspective. Specifically, he would say to the person: "before you speak,  can I just check that it meets … Continue reading The Weekly Stoic: The three tests of Socrates for the media!