Hume

Hume on Persuasion.

In On War Carl Von Clausewitz says war is a continuation of politics by other means. Or, cf. Foucault, the inverse: politics is a continuation of war by other means. My interest is in the ‘other means’, which include political rhetoric.  Broadly… Read More ›

Thoughtlets. xxix.

Today’s Thoughtlet is a quote on freedom of expression that originates with Tacitus, a Roman historian who lived in the first century CE. This quote, translated as follows, appears in Latin on the title page of the first edition of Hume’s… Read More ›

Thoughtlets .vi.

Another candidate for the Department of Idiotic Redundancies is the term “motivated reasoning”. As David Hume famously observed reason is a slave to the passions, by which is meant reason doesn’t move without a driver.