But I still miss the glorious knockabout philosophical conversations of my undergraduate days, the kind of Big Talk that goes in all sorts of unanticipated directions and lasts until 3 in the morning. I don't want to give up thinking and talking about Big Ideas just because I am becoming a professional academic. So what I'm trying to do in this blog is to develop and organise my thinking on all sorts of topics that puzzle or intrigue me but generally lie outside my area of academic expertise. Sometimes the issue is itself philosophical, but often not. A general theme across my writing is articulating and defending a moderate liberal perspective - what you might call the perspective of the bourgeois philosopher.
My posts take the form of essays that try to work through an issue in what I think of as a philosophical style (informed, critical, rigorous, open to correction), while avoiding the dry formal and technical style of proper academic philosophy. I continue to revise them in the light of reader comments, and further thinking and reading, and sometimes return to them a year later to rewrite them completely.
I hope that anyone will be able to understand what I'm arguing and be interested enough to agree or disagree, and I invite critical comments that aim to improve my analysis by pointing out its many flaws. Philosophy is about critical thinking and your criticisms will help me think better.
RepublishingSeveral of my essays have been republished elsewhere (e.g. The New English Review, Philosophy Now, Open Democracy, Think, Arts and Opinion, Jane Austen's Regency World, The Canny Outlaw).
I'm happy to consider requests for non-exclusive publication. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.