Saints, Radicals and Artists

Stig Larsson died before his work ever gained world-wide fame. The Hollywood franchise spawned by his Millennium series of books gives truth to the claim that a living author is a liability. Apparently, the best an artist can do to get their work ‘out there’ is to just give up and die.

Nature and the Circumstances of Justice

Neoliberal economists have taken for granted that ours is a world positioned in what John Rawls called “the circumstances of justice”, a world where the majority live in a state somewhere between abundance and shortage of resources. But how accurate a description of the world is this?

Induction and Buddhism: No problem!

Hume ‘the sceptic‘ did eventually find an escape from his scepticism. He mitigated the problems posed by induction by concluding that the search for rational grounds for trusting our senses is unnecessary for creatures like us. But was this a fair way out of the problems posed by induction?

Zen and the Art of War

Buddhism is seen as a religion of peace and spirituality. Renouncing the illusions of political life, its adherents strive to eliminate suffering. History tells a different story, however.

Buddhist and Liberal Views on Persons

Mahāyāna Buddhists believe that there are not ultimate distinctions between one person and the next. Liberals, on the other hand, believe that persons are fundamentally separate. Buddhists apparently deny what liberals seems to affirm; namely, the separateness of persons. How can these views be compatible?

Buddhist and Liberal Views on Persons (Full)

My MA dissertation was about whether Buddhist and liberal approaches to ethics can be reconciled, or whether they are pulling in different directions. I discussed a number of ways they could be reconciled before finally concluding that the task is probably futile given the practical differences of each world-view.