Have a cracking 2018

Wishing all readers a super New Year.   For some good New Year’s reading look up an excellent article on one of the high points of fashion which I discuss in V&R Chapters 4 and 5.  The link itself won’t transfer but pop over to the lovely website Quill & Pad and look up their…

Lacan’s critique of Bentham’s utilitarianism

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was involved in the founding of my undergraduate institution, the “Godless College,” University College London.  Nonetheless, I have never been taken with his ethical thought.   Benthamism or utilitarianism is, with Kantianism, one of the two most dominant ethical theories taught at colleges in the Anglosphere.  I’m not sure it has the…

No escaping Scheler: glypticians illuminate Apple

Glypticians are a discreet part of luxury manufacturing (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/fashion/jewelry-gems-carving-cameos.html).  Crafting relief images from stone and gems, glypticians belong to an ancient and rarefied world. Striking in the article is a comment by a Hong Kong glyptician, Wallace Chan, that the craft requires the glyptician to not only make his or her own tools but to…