Why I don’t like Effective Altruism

Welcome, all newcomers, to my Burkean blog. The focus of this little corner of the site will be (usually) brief gobbets approaching ethics, ideology, and political history from a conservative perspective. Occasionally I may treat myself to leaving my comfort zone, but for the most part this blog will be for discussion of 'conservatism' itself, and what Aristotle called 'the Good Life.'  I suspect that quite a lot of students will be familiar with the Effective Altruism movement. They tend to lurk at most Uni Freshers'…

Socrates, Hegel or Both? An Enquiry

Historically, philosophy has been both the domain of the layman and the academic. In today’s world, to study philosophy involves enrolling in an academic institution – a college or university which offers degrees in philosophy or Classics will set the budding thinker on the path to the doctorate which will affirm his or her status within the field of philosophical enquiry. For some, the academic door will always the closed: the cost of higher education is a big part of this, not the mention the time involved researching and…

The Hebrides – An Aesthetic Journey

I recently returned home from two-week long journey away from my cosy surroundings in the South of England. I had been spending some time in Cumbria, but a week-and-a-half before that on the Isle of Eriskay in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. From there, my fiancée and I saw the isles of North and South Uist, Benbecula, and all the while were following in the footsteps of such great creative figures and philosophers: Dr Samuel Johnson immortalised his journey to the same place in 1775 as A Journey to the Western Isles of…

Recent Events Demonstrate the Need for Political Justice

When we talk about justice in a political context, we do not merely mean the fair administration and interpretation of the law. Political justice is about finding the best form of government to nurture society’s improvement, the safety of its citizens and the representation of its electors. I myself am increasingly coming around to the opinion that neither our state nor our politicians who govern it have any kind of justice in mind whatsoever, or that if they do, then it is a deeply misguided interpretation of justice.…