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Nick Capaldi

Happy 80th to Nick. I’ve known Nick for 20 years and have always admired his dogged and unflappable ability to swim against the tide. Moreover, he has always been most generous and encouraging to me and in support of my various endeavors. My favorite books of his are Hume’s place in moral philosophy, John Stuart Mill: A Biography…

The Rule of Law in the Modern European State

David Boucher’s article from a decade ago freely available here. The shit-storm that we are now in is a consequence of complicitous “ruling class chatter” (Left and Right) and “enlightened” technocracy, a politics of faith that has become way out of wack with the politics of scepticism. The European Union required of its aspirant members formal…

Stochastic rationality in Oakeshott’s philosophy

With the MOA conference about to start in just under a week here’s an excellent and unusual piece by Erika Kiss entitled “The rules of the game: Stochastic rationality in Oakeshott’s rule-of-law theory — unusual in that Oakeshott’s A New Guide to the Derby rarely features in an academic paper beyond being mentioned as a curiosity. The rest…