Charlemagne’s Death Day

Charlemagne died 1200 years ago yesterday. Despite the great emperor lacking ‘brand recognition’ (apparently – although he was mentioned in Dr Who) people got excited. Some of these people were in Aachen, which made sense because that’s where he is buried. Some of them were in Frankfurt, where there was singing but no emperor. In… Continue reading Charlemagne’s Death Day

“Scientism” and Ways Forward

I've been meaning to write a little something on Steven Pinker's recent controversial comments about science and the humanities, because they raise some interesting issues about intellectual politics and methodology. The Argument Itself Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard, wound up a number of people with an essay in The New Statesman, called 'Science is not… Continue reading “Scientism” and Ways Forward