As Alec Ryrie pointed out in his history of Doubt, “intellectuals and philosophers may think they make the weather, but they are more often driven by it.”
Charles Darwin, as we saw yesterday, pulled off an intellectual coup against the major thinkers of the Western tradition. How did he do it?
The classical pantheon, lacking moral credibility, had become a source of embarrassment to thoughtful Greeks.
What distinguished thinkers had long called out for its manifest absurdity was now, Phoenix-like, rising from the ashes.
After seeing my recent book through to publication, I began to experience a certain gnawing feeling.