Category Archives: Moral Philosophy

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I was recently introduced to Omar Khayyam in a book by Christpher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist. I have since fallen in love with it as a kind of tome to the ’empty’ yet enviable grave of the pleasure-seeking atheist. Omar … Continue reading

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Fallacies of Pleasure and Good

A C Grayling, in his 2007 philosophical signpost, The Choice of Hercules, writes that John Stuart Mill was greatly (and perhaps rightly) criticised for defining a difference between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ pleasures. The ‘good life’, Grayling posits, is a delicate … Continue reading

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Top-hats, Pig Fat and Big Macs: Appreciating the Finer Things in Life

In 1986, an opening of a McDonald’s franchise in Italy prompted a group of enthusiasts for local food culture and tradition preservation to take action; they resisted it mightily and subsequently, in 1989, formed a movement called ‘Slow Food‘. The … Continue reading

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Moral Minutia

WARNING: I am using the terms ‘moral’ and ‘evil’ throughout this article to describe situations which may not seem befitting of such grandiose labels. Rest assured that I do so only because framing everyday minor problems as moral dilemmas gives … Continue reading

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