The wonder and terror of beauty and love—and the irrationality of human conduct—cannot survive translation into the desiccated verities of neurochemistry and brain science.
What is beauty, and why does it captivate us? What does our susceptibility to its charm tell us about ourselves and the world we inhabit?
Despite what women may say concerning their desire to find a mate who challenges them intellectually or who creates artistically or who pursues his passions or aspires to virtue, I have only observed them to truly relish one particular quality.
What is the philosophical significance of absurdity, and how ought we respond?
Scruton has done invaluable work showing us the form conservative efforts have taken in defending culture’s role in establishing virtuous, free societies but has for the most part left the political persuasion's specific content open for discussion.
Neither side of the political spectrum any longer appears open to the possibility that their party or its representatives are capable of wrongdoing; partisanship has apparently relieved many of the burden to exercise prudence in instances where political expediency urges absolute devotion.
When does romantic fervor collapse into shameful idolatry?
I get frantic sometimes, when the heat rises up from the sandy streets. Recollection suffocates, and I go in search of air. I stand where you stood, near the red door, or beside the table where we celebrated. I mimic your gaze and affect your repose, but the geometry falters and I give it up. … Continue reading Poem: Strategies
On this reading, to oppose marriage does not amount to a condemnation of romantic fidelity, but the highest affirmation of its nobility and virtue.
A brief note on how to define conservatism in light of the last post's discussion of the importance epistemology plays in forming political ideologies. How can we express conservatism's uniqueness in terms of its epistemological distinctiveness?