This tells his keynote story of the passenger ship owner who manages to overcome his doubts as to whether his ship is actually seaworthy. He does this not by having her overhauled and refitted but by trusting in Providence.
The ship sails and then sinks in mid-ocean.
Is the ship owner guilty of the death of passengers and crew? Undoubtedly.
On 15 December 2020 I finally graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. My thesis was on the ethics of belief. It was finished at the end of 2019 and submitted in January. In September I heard the final version had been accepted.
In this Covid year the graduation ceremony was of course a virtual rather than physical event. Even if it had been a physical event I may not have attended in person as we had returned to the UK in 2016.
We were talking about Isaiah Berlin. As an undergraduate I had to get to grips with his thoughts on ‘Verification’ and ‘Empirical Propositions and Hypothetical Statements’, blissfully unaware that he had also written about foxes and hedgehogs. Continue reading →