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Taleb the Philosopher

Since I’m deeply in Boëthius mode for my forthcoming edited book of essays on A Confederacy of Dunces, this invocation of Boëthius and Taleb grabbed me. Here is Joshua Hochschild’s review of Taleb’s collected works. Boethius the patron saint of bullshit detectors. Taleb displays familiarity with many expected theorists of epistemological humility: Montaigne and Hume, Hayek…

Oakeshott: born on this day

For those who’ve never read that most subtle, cultivated, humane and refined of minds Michael Oakeshott’s concerns resonate as deeply as ever. For the novice, I’d recommend his mid-career Rationalism in Politics, a most elegant collection of essays. A more difficult, but for me the vital underpinning cutting across all his work, is his equally elegant and…

Conservative Moments

One of the contributors to this volume, the very excellent historian of ideas Efraim Podoksik, has alerted me to this about-to-be published title. Don’t let the typos on Bloomsbury’s page detract you. Conservatismefraim podoksikhistory of political thoughtLiberalismMark GarnettMichael OakeshottPolitical philosophy