Normblog profile of Chris Dillow

Norman Geras of Normblog interviews a different blogger each week.  I find these a fascinating insight into the many bloggers whose virtual company I enjoy. These are people with whom I debate, listen, learn, laugh, bicker, celebrate and mourn. And yet I know very little about them. Normblog’s profiles fill that gap.

Norm’s profile this week is of Chris Dillow, the author of Stumbling and Mumbling. Chris manages to combine passion and righteous indignation with a sometimes deadpan delivery (today’s entry considering whether suicide bombers are rational is a case in point).

Here is a sample:

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > ‘The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.’ – John Stuart Mill

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Managerialism.

I am full of admiration for Chris, which is why I am blushing furiously at having been named by him as one of his favourite bloggers. The feeling is mutual.

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