Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827) is often described as the ‘French Newton’, though he lived a century later.His working life took him through the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era – during which he enjoyed various political positions – and afterwards, to the Bourbon Restoration. Continue Reading →
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More than a century after Reflections on Violence first appeared (1908) it remains a remarkably controversial essay. The concept of violence as a means to an end (social, religious, political or for aggrandisement) is hugely challenging as a philosophical subject – yet it is, of course, universally (and frequently) pursued. The French thinker and political theorist Georges Sorel (1847-1922), fired up by his interest in Marxism and his anger at the injustice of the Dreyfus case, faced this challenge and in the seven chapters of Reflections on Violence he explored the question. Continue Reading →
DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS ON THE ULTIMATE ORIGIN OF THINGS
This Leibniz collection contains some of the philosopher’s most important works and ideas, spans three decades and illuminates the fascinating intellectual journey undertaken by him in his quest for truth. A prodigious polymath, Leibniz was a mathematician, philosopher, physicist and statesman and engaged with a sweeping range of ideas and disciplines, striving throughout his life to be at the cutting edge of scientific thinking. These Principal Essays are arranged in chronological order. Continue Reading →
Charles Armstrong’s theatre work includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He was in the West End production of Round The Horne… Revisited. His television and film credits include Holby City, EastEnders, Head Over Heels, Poirot, The King’s Speech and The Navigators. He has also recorded numerous voiceovers and was part of the BBC Radio Repertory. His audiobooks include Tony Blair – A Journey and Paradise News by David Lodge.