Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

  • Queen Caroline's trial.

    “Lawyers and the Problem of ‘Zeal,'” By Bruce Frohnen

    It would be easy to blame American lawyers for their own bad reputation—enjoying “public approval” somewhere in the range of used car dealers, members of Congress, and…

  • Writing limits the free expression of the spirit.

    The Gay Science: V.359–V.367

    V.359–V.367 If there are the few who can rise above the crowd to greatness, as we saw last time, then there are also a few who can recognize the possibility of such a rising but…

  • Photo by Deutsche Fotothek‎, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    The Gay Science: V.356–V.358

    V.356–V.358 Just as knowledge and language develop naturally, in Nietzsche’s view, so our perceptions of ourselves relative to art and occupation develop and take on a…

  • harold_laski_1936

    “Harold Laski and Sovereignty,” By Bruce Frohnen

    The modern theory of sovereignty is . . . a theory of political organization. It insists that there must be in every social order some single center of ultimate reference, some…

  • The pastor takes the filth of the people away, according to Nietzsche.

    The Gay Science: V.351–V.355

    V.351–V.355 The last reading ended with a discussion of the intellectuals, while today’s begins with a reflection on the sorts of people the “common man” is…

  • Frontispiece of the King James Bible, 1611

    Leviathan: III.XXXIII

    III.XXXIII If the Bible is to be our guide in understanding the nature of the Kingdom of God, then we need to be certain what it is that makes up the Bible. There has never been…