Often in the news, we hear stories of criminals who receive light sentences for crimes they have committed. These articles, usually, are scant on information and do not go into the reasons why the Judge felt that a lenient sentence was desirable. Many of us feel angry when we read these articles. However, for Thomas More, a barrister and legal philosopher, it was important to consider a person’s circumstances when sentencing them for a crime.
We’d like to congratulate two of our writers for spinning out a new podcast on the little known history of Sydney.
Their first episode covers the Quarantine Station in Sydney, and you can catch them every fortnight on their main page here.
In the light of my previous article on free speech and censorship, I’d like to talk about my hero: Hugh Greene, Director-General of the BBC in the 1960s. Continue reading Free speech is hugely important Part 2 (The Fighting Withdrawal of Mary Whitehouse)
Previously, on the Missing history of Descartes
– Descartes beat a dog to cheer him up after a savage hangover; only to see a dark and eldritch spectre flitter over the roofs of the houses nearby. Descartes moved in pursuit of the foul creature, only to realise that the tables were to quickly turn on him once darkness befell the city. Descartes hits up his old contacts from when he was a spy for the Jesuits, and is now patiently awaiting their arrival at his lodgings.
And now; back to our story…
Until now, the life of Rene Descartes; specifically, his middle years after university and prior to publishing his metaphysics, have been lost to history. We knew little of what happened to him in that time.
However, The Independent Philosopher’s premier philosophy researcher – Jack Lonsdale – went in search of what really happened to Descartes and to publish his full account of what he found here on The Independent Philosopher.