The sublime – and the Artemis Space Program

My very first publication, written almost ten years ago now, was on the concept of the sublime in philosophical aesthetics. What is the sublime? Probably everybody old enough to have refined aesthetic experiences will know what it feels like, even if they don’t know its name. It’s the sense of being wondrously overwhelmed by theContinue reading “The sublime – and the Artemis Space Program”

Philosophy and place

The connection between philosophy and place is an important one, particularly for biographical sketches of great philosophers: Epicurus in his garden; Diogenes in his barrel; Nietzsche in Sils Maria, and so on. The connection between the two is occasionally more than just aesthetic, as these examples illustrate: a place can also cut to the heartContinue reading “Philosophy and place”

On (modern) Stoicism

An article recently published in the New Statesman on Stoicism, by Nancy Sherman, has led me to think at length about this particular branch of philosophy for probably the first time. Sherman’s article argues that Stoicism isn’t actually about the individual – or at least, not exclusively – but in fact the community too. AsContinue reading “On (modern) Stoicism”