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On Goethe

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Goethe’s offhand observation that the test of civilization is conversation is insightful.

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On Ludwig Wittengestein

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Wittgenstein’s Tractus over-emphasizes the role of language, doesn’t it?

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On Louis XV

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Louis XV’s Après moi, le déluge was eerily prescient. The French Revolution, after all, did end in the Reign of Terror.

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On John Stuart Mill

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I, personally, would characterize John Stuart Mill as the consummate intellect without a soul.

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On William Wordsworth

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Contemporary poetry demonstrates that Wordsworth’s belief that poetry ought to be in the everyday “real language of men” was misguided.

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