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The American Museum in Britain, Bath

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This past weekend, we visited the American Museum in Britain. It was thought-provoking: America was of course conceived in liberty but American history, like every nation’s, is filled with examples of man’s inhumanity to man. The exhibition began with a wall of quotations from significant figures. These particularly stood out: William Penn (1644-1718): Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants. Albert Einstein1: Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. […]

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The Spell of Plato

At a friend’s request, I spoke to a sixth form class on “The Spell of Plato”, explaining how Plato’s philosophy is relevant today. As the title suggests, I used Popper’s critique of Plato’s philosophy to explore these two propositions: Government ought to control us to ensure social, political and economic justice. We ought to control ourselves within the law to ensure freedom and progress. We discovered that Plato’s Spell — his plan for building the perfect state in which every […]

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