Category: Guest Post

Philosophy, Rhetoric and Aesthetics

The world we live in is not that of Plato’s Socrates. It is a world of fragments. The tropic language with which we try to put it back together testifies to our alienation in its very use. Philosophy depends upon…

America’s Once and Future King

My new translation of and commentary on Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws has been recently released (Anthem). I prepared the work upon the consideration that it would be only the third English translation of this seminal work in 275 years.…

A Life with Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein studies flourished in the second half of the twentieth century, as philosophers struggled with the interpretation of his two great masterpieces, the Tractatus Logico-philosophicus and the Philosophical Investigations. Many of his eminent pupils such as Georg-Henrik von Wright, Elizabeth…

Clarence Thomas Among the Bohemians by Robert Holton

Recent news reports about the relationship between conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and ultra-wealthy conservative activists such as billionaires Harlan Crow and the Koch brothers have revealed many interesting details and raised a number of questions, but one…

Caroline Norton’s Love in “the World”

Now known chiefly for her dramatic life story and reforms of married women’s child custody and property legislation (see Antonia Fraser’s biography, The Case of the Married Woman and Diane Atkinson’s The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton), Caroline Norton was…

275 YEARS LATER by W. B. Allen

The year 1748 witnessed the publication of the landmark Spirit of the Laws by French philosopher Charles Montesquieu. That work bequeathed the separation of powers and checks and balances to the modern world – fundamental concepts that shaped the Constitution…

Open Innovation versus Techno-Nationalism by Kenneth A. Reinert

Collaboration between multinational enterprises (MNEs), as well as between MNEs and research institutions of various kinds, is an active area of international business research and, more importantly, practice. There is a good deal of evidence that these activities help to…

SOFT POWER AND ALL THE TOOLS OF STATECRAFT Dr. Geoff Heriot

No longer geographically remote from the principal theatres of great power confrontation, Australia is adapting to the uncomfortable possibility of being a ‘front line state’. Increasingly, foreign policy analysts call on the government to apply an ‘all tools of statecraft’…