Monday, February 16, 2015

it's a 'Doddle' and some more Philosophy

Only just become of Doddle - seems a really good idea as a stopping off point for web ordered products, we've now got one in Ealing (where the not overly missed Tie-Rack was) and gather from the other half that Woking's got one too - expect if the logistics system and business medal are good enough that it'll really take off.

Sadly the other retailer (Snog) spotted today at West London's Westfield is not a business inspired by Valentine's day but a yoghurt based foodstuff.
Ealing's Doddle near the toilets
Don't go expecting a cuddle or anything.

More Aristotle along with  Hobbes and Rousseau (and Rawls)

Well this week's session looking at Philosophy was a good one, we had a quick excursion into Aristotle's analysis of Tragedy - my view was that Aristotle was somewhat over prescriptive of what makes a tragedy but apparently Shakespeare used the formula and some might say he knows a thing or two about the art of the playwright.

After this we moved on to Rousseau and Hobbes and their concerns over The Social Contract, what I found (perhaps) surprising was how the thoughts might be considered to be a result of the background and times of the protagonists.
Rousseau having being effectively orphaned at a young age ditched several children of his own children and (some might say) favoured the uneducated over the bourgeoisie. Rousseau was born at the time of unrest in France ahead of the revolution there and considered that much of the malaise of 'modern' life was as a result of property ownership.

 Hobbes's family was also a troubled one and the ferment around him was that of the English civil war and the defeat of the Royalists along with the removal of Charles I, it is hard to believe that the events and family strife did not inform his fear of disorder and the ideas showcased in The Leviathan.

All this tied in with the perspective offered by Melanie Klein  that the course leader (Dan Williams) had brought to our attention a few weeks back - so perhaps Psychoanalysis should be more closely studied.

After a half term break we'll be looking at Hume and Kant.  

What is Ealing's Treasures going to turn into?

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