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Samuel Johnson: Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

I’m not quite sure why I went back to this, 42 years after I last read it as an undergraduate. But it was an interesting little digression: Rasselas, the privileged prince, escapes from the happy valley where the emperor’s offspring are confined and determines to explore the world and find out what to do with his life; he’s pretty quickly tied up in the philosophical problem of whether to work out the best way to happiness and contentment or to get on with actually living life… 374 more words


The Gratuitous Love of God

Institutes of the Christian Religion
John Calvin

We are not to reflect on the wickedness of men but to look to the image of God in them, an image which, covering and obliterating their faults, an image which, by its beauty and dignity, should allure us to love and embrace them. 793 more words


The Freedom of Expression

Entry #2 – February 19, 2017

Dear Kath,

A question that’s been plaguing me as of late concerns where the line is when it comes to the freedom of expression that has been granted to us. 418 more words

Daniel Park

Eight Men Out

Once upon a time, there was that forgotten wacky period in American politics when Maryland finally ratified the Articles of Confederation purposed in 1777 by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1781, and the first President of the United States in Perpetual Union,  John Hanson took office.   830 more words

If Voltaire had used Wikipedia...

At the Voltaire Foundation we’ve recently had the opportunity to work with the University of Oxford’s Wikimedian in residence, Dr Martin Poulter. He has helped us to build some new content for our website as well as contributing to our mission to promote the work of Voltaire. 940 more words


fair dealing week 2017

Tomorrow marks the start of Fair Dealing Week in Canada. There is much to be proud of with the steady advance in the realm of exceptions, gained not by intemperate action but by deliberative thought on the part of the judiciary, the government, the Copyright Board, and, institutions and individuals across the country. 1,361 more words