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With a title pulled from Immanuel Kant's famous statement that 'out of the crooked timber of humanity, no stra [Read More]

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Liverpool, near Albert Dock
I've been rooting through my archives, reprocessing some files, and this one comes from a decade ago....
Crooked Timber
Sunday, May 19, 2019

What would be useful to know about class size.
This is as much a request for information as anything else, and I imagine that it is information that other academics want too! Most of the courses my department teaches fall into one of four categories. There are large and small courses, and there a...
Crooked Timber
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Five stitches and Rřbic's music
I was for the second time in my life as a parent on the emergency room yesterday. Our youngest (11yo) son and I went shopping in the afternoon, and bought a new bread knife. Well, it was sharp, and because he has been using our (very old) bread knife...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday photoblogging: Pézenas archway
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

On Eric Hobsbawm and other matters
I'm in The New Yorker this morning, writing about Richard Evans's new biography of the historian Eric Hobsbawm, explaining how the failures of Evans the biographer reveal the greatness of Hobsbawm the historian: Hobsbawm's biographer, Richard Evans, ...
Crooked Timber
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wishing Is Free
As has been established. So, I am curious about you and your mode of daydreaming. There is a type which, according to Wikipedia, eats up 47% of your time but consists only of rehearsal for future tasks, mild mind wandering away from the book you're r...
Crooked Timber
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Steelwool Scrub - A Fallacy
This case is picture-perfect for making a simple point in debates about religious liberty: ‘sincere religious belief' is not a ‘get out of bigotry free' card. It is no carte blanche defense (legal or moral). The man is nothing if not religiously sinc...
Crooked Timber
Monday, May 6, 2019

Is Warren's college plan progressive?
Ganesh Sitaraman argues in the Garun that, contrary to appearances, and contrary to the criticism that it has earned, Elizabeth Warren's college plan really is progressive, because it is funded by taxation that comes exclusively from a wealth tax on ...
Crooked Timber
Monday, May 6, 2019

Sunday photoblogging: yellow doors
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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Evidence and conventional wisdom
I've been looking over some posts from the bright dawn days of blogging in the early 2000s. One thing that struck me is that some ideas I put forward as unconventional but evidence based, are now fairly widely accepted. In view of the widespread, and...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, May 5, 2019

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