I used to think there were manifold problems; then I thought there were well-defined problems and there were wicked problems; and now I think that for most of us, for too much of the time, there is usually one underlying problem, which is the problem of not altogether knowing what the problems are.
I used worry mostly about being wrong, or worse still ‘not even wrong’; now I try to avoid both being trivially wrong and being sterilely right.
I’m impressed by the breadth of human insight; but a point of view is useless if you’re happy to conclude that the world is made of eyelids. The more I see of these things we call cultures, the more pressing seems the need to learn how to live when everyone contains multitudes.
My doctoral research was concerned with ethical problems involving culture and heritage, particularly heritage as a repository of moral worth. I remain involved in this field of research, and also have a developing interest in problems of long-termism and how to foster it.
I jostle for living space with my own library, and like to explore strange worlds within video games. When not cultivating reflective quiescence I enjoy a stimulating conversation, and have been privileged to know some fascinating and wonderful individuals.