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Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

Lot’s happening in this dynamic and ecumenical series attracting old hands, young guns and all stages in-between. To keep apprised of developments see the series’ Facebook page. If, having consulted the series’ aims and scope you feel that there may be a good match, feel free to address preliminary inquiries to the editors.   classical liberalismLibertarianismphilosophy of…

The Embedded Epistemologist

I was startled to read, in the 6th edition of a well-known textbook, McCormick on Evidence, that the “reasonable doubt” formula “points to what we are really concerned with, the state of the jury’s mind,” whereas “preponderance of the evidence” and “clear and convincing evidence” “divert attention to the evidence.” This has things exactly backwards:…

Susan Haack — Passionate Moderate

Susan Haack is one of my absolutely favourite living (and still very active) philosophers. The appellation Passionate Moderate had such deep resonance from the moment I read her eponymously titled book. (This is a great book to read if you are coming to formal philosophy for the first time: Susan writes without ever being “jargony” or condescending…

On Human Conduct

It’s been 40 years since one of Oakeshott’s masterpieces, On Human Conduct, was published. Despite being an “old man’s” book, dense and highly qualified, it contains some of the most melliflous writing Oakeshott ever did. Religious faith is the evocation of a sentiment (the love, the glory, or the honour of God, for example, or even…

Rationalism in law

Graham Gee and Grégoire Webber’s article now available  in the Modern Law Review. Michael OakeshottOakeshottphilosophical jurisprudencephilosophy of lawPolitical philosophyrationalismThomas Hobbes