Pondering the palimpsest and panoply of the planet.


My name is David James. I am  from South Carolina, though I have travelled and lived abroad for many years and now reside in Italy, where I am an English teacher. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and (obviously) reading and writing.

This website is my creative outlet for short essays I like to write about things that I think about, especially my main interests of philosophy, history, and literature. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to contact me, use the comment section freely.

Thanks for reading!

Update: I also write and co-edit another blog at www.wrath-bearingtree.com where three other veteran friends of mine mainly discuss issues dealing with war and military as they relate to the larger society and culture. Go take a look there also.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. ciao, Dave. it was fast! bravissimo!


  2. charles on said:

    Hail, Tarrier of Truth and Tortellini. May rationalist spears be ever whetted by the sharpness of their wit! :D


  3. Hello David, judging from yr historical/philosophical bent you may be interested to read a recent book called BEFORE THE DELUSION by Wm Gleeson – published in UK but listed on Amazon etc. It looks a little Dan Brownish – but isn’t – but contains impressive research of pre-Christian literary and archaeological records of ‘technology’ and the origins of religion.
    Sounds odd I know but trust me – it’s worth a look
    cheers, Ross


  4. Dominic Hyde on said:

    Hello David, I just wanted to write and say how much I’ve enjoyed your site (or the little bit that I’ve seen on it so far). It’s good to see such thoughtful observations on a huge range topics in one place. I thought I’d recommend George Santayana’s criticism of Nietzsche as an interesting companion to Russell’s (you’ll find it online, if it takes your fancy). Keep up the good work, it’s been a pleasure reading thus far!


  5. Hello David! Thanks for your blog, its sincerity and breadth is very inspiring.
    You seem to have a very humane and honest way of presenting and discussing material that is otherwise alienating because of its surface difficulty and opaqueness. Your blog provides a great service to the curious mind.
    I have only read a few articles (so far concerning Russell, Kant and Nietzsche) but am excited to continue reading.
    Do you like poetry? I published a cycle recently and would be honoured if I could send you a copy with the hopes that you may enjoy it and find it thought provoking. The cycle project site is http://misbeliever.net
    I intend to publish in philosophy soon building on some of the reflections stated more concretely in the poetry…any comments you may have would therefore be appreciated as they may help shape my future approach. thanks!


  6. David, this is a great blog. I’m glad I found it. So much to check out here.

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  7. Great blog. I especially liked the post about Berlin’s conception of positive and negative liberty.


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