Welcome to my website.
I write about the things that interest me: philosophy, finance, social enterprise, politics and art. I aim to write well and to write clearly, but to avoid oversimplification.
There is a saying, beloved of some philosophers, that if you are unable to express an idea clearly you have not understood it properly.
To which I would add, if a complex problem has a simple solution then someone else will have thought of it already.
On this site you will find a selection of my writing, some of which has been published elsewhere and some of which is only available here.
Each time a new piece of writing is added to the site it will also be profiled on this page. The work has been divided into three categories.
Shorter pieces are classified as articles
Longer pieces are classified as essays
Pieces that comment specifically on the work of others are classified as reviews
The site was launched in January 2009. I hope you find it interesting.
If you want to send me comments about the site or about my work please contact me. Click here if you want to know more about me.
What should our ambition be, when we make new laws? Should we make laws that help us to do good, or laws that prevent us from doing wrong? In my recent review of Jon Elster's latest book, Securities Against Misrule, I discuss his claim that the best we can hope for is an institutional system that renders the people and their leaders impotent to do harm.