Month: September 2018

  • What is the cause of inspiration?

    Elon Musk settled with the SEC yesterday after it alleged that his “thinking of taking Tesla private” tweet improperly influenced the markets this summer. He remains Tesla’s CEO, but the settlement cost $40 million and forced him out as chairman for three years. I’m sharing all of this to circle back on something that Kevin […]

  • Art and its markets

    Art and its markets

    Daniel Maidman reflects on art and markets for art: I’ve been thinking this over for a while. There are a few consequences to the concept of art as a currency. One of them is the theory of monetary commodities, which are objects that are useful as currencies. There’s a set of properties that you need.…

  • Rittenhouse Square, early autumn

    As I was walking along Walnut Street to the Collegium Institute’s symposium earlier this week, it was nearing 6pm and families and folks were out and about, walking home from work, walking to dinner, biking wherever, and still-green Rittenhouse Square was accompanied by two young musicians: I stopped to admire the scene, experience the moment,…

  • ‘Strangers’ in Philadelphia

    ‘Strangers’ in Philadelphia

    It was really great, late-summer-feeling weather in Center City Philadelphia yesterday. I’m in town wrapping up odds and ends, and as evening came on walked over to the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute at 19th and Walnut for the Collegium Institute‘s “Strangers in a Strange Land” talk/symposium. Fran Maier led a fruitful conversation on the topic…

  • Scruton on the sacred and transcendent

    I’m sharing the second of two excerpts from Roger Scruton’s The Soul of the World. Each comes from “Believing in God,” his first chapter, and conveys the challenge of belief in light of reason with the conclusion that what both faith and reason share is an interest in knowledge “beyond the horizon” of our world…