Monthly Archives: April 2014

Israel, A Revolution of the Mind

Jonathan Israel, A Revolution of the Mind (Princeton UP, 2010). This book is based on lectures Israel gave at Oxford in 2008 in honor of Isaiah Berlin. The overall aim is to show how modern democracy emerged from the tension … Continue reading

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Reflections on academic administration

I’m just ending my second foray into academic administration. The first one was serving as department head over a department including philosophy, communications studies, and all of our foreign language programs. It was a terrific exercise in mental and emotional¬†flexibility … Continue reading

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Hume and the expedition to Canada

In 1746, Hume returned to London after touring Europe as tutor and caretaker of the mad Marquess of Annendale. He was not sure what was next in his life. He was already 35 and somewhat ashamed of not having yet … Continue reading

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