When the Going Gets Tough, Readers Go to Jane Austen

4 years ago

Jane Austen is a novelist to whom readers frequently turn when the going gets tough. Recently, Rachel Cohen’s Austen Years:…

Noblesse Oblige: Alan Strauss-Schom On How Napoleon III “Left France a Modern and Prosperous Nation”

4 years ago

Donald Trump has dramatically demonstrated how frighteningly easy it is to render character assassinations of opponents, manufacture fake news, and…

Understanding Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Duck-Rabbit

4 years ago

It was Ludwig Wittgenstein who sparked philosophical interest in what psychologists call ambiguous figures.[1] The phrase “seeing as” became a…

On Reading Proust: Jack Jordan on Marcel Proust’s Masterpiece In Search of Lost Time

4 years ago

This piece has been excerpted from Simply Proust by Jack Jordan, part of Simply Charly’s Great Lives series. When someone asks if…

Igor Stravinsky: On Assessing the Greatness of a Composer

4 years ago

This piece has been excerpted from Simply Stravinsky by Pieter van den Toorn, part of Simply Charly's Great Lives series.…

Another Look at Bertrand Russell’s Theory of Descriptions

5 years ago

According to Bertrand Russell’s theory of descriptions, the word “the” contains two conceptual elements: existence and uniqueness. It implies that…

Jane Austen’s Moral Universe

5 years ago

Jane Austen is the most moral of writers, but what is her morality? What values does she espouse and promote?…