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Three Ideas of the University

The very excellent James Alexander in The European Legacy. Oakeshott’s The Voice of Liberal Learning freely available here. Noel Annan commented that Michael Oakeshott’s “was the finest evocation of the ‘the idea of the university’ since Newman’s; and more subtle and persuasive”. Educationjames alexanderJohn Henry NewmanLiberal artsLiberal educationMichael Oakeshottnoel annanPhilosophy of Education

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…