Huizinga scores again

As is clear from both V&R and blog posts, I am a huge fan of Huizinga’s Homo Ludens.  As I’ve said before, it is a theoretical work I believe largely true.   A recent profile of Karl Lagerfeld, and his astonishing capacity for work at 83, has a colleague observe: “He like games. Sometimes I…

Natural Law and Costume

*Special note: V&R broadly relies on a natural law argument, that moral values are universal, real, and persuasive. I am often asked for a good introductory book to natural law but I cannot say that I know of one. The history of ideas offers a variety of natural law theories and even in Thomism, the…

Are we still Baroque?

V&R Chapter 6 discusses one of my absolutely favourite philosophy books: Homo Ludens by Huizinga.  This is a book I think largely true.  He identifies the Baroque as an intensely playful period and points to the strange fact that during the Baroque the West expanded its intellectual and commercial footprint all the while its adventurers were…

Tune into Sirius XM to hear me

Later today I am being interviewed about V&R and a half hour radio segment will air this Saturday on Sirius XM Radio. Tune into the Catholic Channel — that’s Channel 129 — either at 11 am EST or between midnight and 1 am Saturday morning (EST). If they give me an audio file I will…

Scheler Modified: Levi’s

V&R Chapter 5 proposes Scheler’s estate as the norm of business ethics.  I put forward Brunello Cucinelli (http://www.libertylawsite.org/2016/03/23/a-better-account-of-corporate-social-responsibility/) as an ideal of the estate with Patagonia as a modified runner-up (and then downgraded on learning more about its business model: http://www.ethicsoffashion.com/patagonia-actually-moral/).  Levi’s has a thoughtful leadership (https://www.fastcompany.com/3067895/moving-the-needle/levis-is-radically-redefining-sustainability) and connects with Scheler at a few points.…

Super website

I came across a really good article today by Alice Hines (http://vestoj.com/my-brand-loves-your-brand/) which also meant I discovered Vestoj.com.  This site has great graphics and is stuffed full of content for all interested in a thoughtful account of the role fashion and design play in our lives.  At the risk of losing readers, it’s a must-visit…