"Philosophy is constituted out of an oscillation between those two things: an impulse to get towards this God’s eye view and the realisation that it’s not just that you can’t do it, but that there may be no such thing to be done."
"At least part of the task of philosophy is to uncover the presuppositions in our thinking. One of the simplest ways to access these presuppositions is to look at the questions we ask and encounter and interrogate them."
Review of Power, Pleasure, Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison by David Wootton (Harvard University Press) and Idleness: A Philosophical Essay by Brian O’Connor (Princeton University Press)
Pleasure, capitalism, Weber, Kant, Machiavelli, the Enlightenment