Ad Lapidem Essays

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Ad Lapidem contains essays on art, the classics, ethics, government, literature, logic, philosophy, poetry, religion, science, and translation.  It is named after the argumentum ad lapidem, a humorous name given to Samuel Johnson’s refutation of Berkeley’s claim that matter does not exist—a refutation he made by kicking a stone.  The essays vary greatly in scope and tone, but I hope that are informative and/or entertaining.  I have no wish to offend anyone, but the some of the things I say may be uncomfortable for readers who don’t agree.  I hope they will bear with me.  I haven’t assumed specialized knowledge of any subject.  All entries are copyrighted and subject to the usual restrictions governing fair use.  At some point I will add more essays to this.