Plutarch’s Essays

Though eventually named a Roman citizen, Plutarch, (46-120 AD), was born and raised in Greece where he also spent most of his adult life. His major works were the dozens of biographies of Greek and Latin men of significance as well as the various essays he wrote on morality, ethics and contemporary issues. The Penguin … More Plutarch’s Essays

Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France

When reading Burke, it is hard to escape his imposing intellect, his world-weary wisdom which bears down softly but firmly. As both an Irishmen and proud Member of Parliament for the Empire he loved, for the England he cherished, Burke gave conservatism an unashamedly British colour. His Reflections on the Revolution in France takes the … More Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France

George Orwell – “The lion and the unicorn: socialism and the English genius”

  A household name and perhaps the most respected writer the Left produced in the twentieth century, Orwell is known to most people through his novels 1984 and Animal Farm. But his real talent resides in the essays which formed the political bedrock of his novels and intellectual development. “The lion and the unicorn: socialism … More George Orwell – “The lion and the unicorn: socialism and the English genius”

Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

  Adam Smith’s work The Wealth of Nations, from which this Penguin edition is excerpted from, typifies the thought behind the American Constitution and of the contemporary intellectual climate. The Enlightenment held up the rights of an individual as an expedient to the greatest degree of liberty possible in human society. He discusses how different … More Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Dixon has written a concise yet precise chronology of the relationship between science and religion, especially considering the length of this book. The text is littered with references to cases like the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in 1925 to the more recent Judge Jones vs Dover Board case over Intelligent design in 2005, all of … More Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Francis Bacon – The Essays

Francis Bacon, son of Lord Keeper Nicholas Bacon, inherited his father’s position and attained Solicitor-General (1607), Attorney-General (1613) and Lord Chancellor (1618). However these positions only tell a very small side of the statesman and philosopher that published The Essays for a third and last edition in 1625. Bacon’s work seems anachronistic of the late … More Francis Bacon – The Essays