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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

Still on Nozick and perhaps somewhat of a companion piece to Williams’ essay On Hating and Despising Philosophy. Though this Nozick essay is very well-known engagement with it tends to be primarily in the service of ideological cherry-pickers or scornful silence from its targets. Originally published in Cato Policy Report January/February 1998 and reprinted with some amendments…

The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia

Always refreshing to hear CP’s provocations  I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art “teaches” us anything. Medieval theology is far more complex and challenging than anything offered…

Oakeshott on Education

Here are some extracts from my co-editor Paul’s essay. Toward the end of his essay on “The Universities,” Oakeshott returns once more to the issue of specialization, this time in a less polemical, more thoughtful manner. Though he believes that Moberly has exaggerated the problem, he nevertheless acknowledges that the disintegration of the world of…