Tag Archives: Plato

Plato and the Christmas Carol

Plato is despised for trapping the obsolescent ‘West’ in persistent binary thinking about the rational light and the irrational dark. Such thinking apparently persuaded us that the West itself was light, compared with parts of the world mired in bigotry … Continue reading

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With Derrida in Oxford

More than thirty years ago the artist-philosopher Jacques Derrida was working in the Old Bodleian Library in Oxford when he strayed into the shop. On offer were postcards  richly and decoratively redolent of the Western heritage. The shop has since … Continue reading

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Mrs Leyland and the Return of the Freudian Id

In Britain a 63-year-old woman described as a church-going mother who kept to herself appears to have killed herself after being found out posting abusive messages on Twitter to a couple whose three-year-old daughter was abducted seven years ago. The … Continue reading

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From deckchairs to Google Glass

Czecho  (aka The Czech Republic) is a small, highly cultured, enterprising and design-conscious country and I generally like what I see (outside of the politics). It’s a way of life that’s mostly familiar, mine, and yet not. Some features of … Continue reading

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Art, Reality and a Terrible Accident

When a helicopter crashed in Central London early this year – January 16th, to be precise – I tuned into eye-witness accounts. The main witness, nearby at the time, was more taken with his own experience of the event than … Continue reading

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