“Icarus, let me warn you!”

Greek myths are fascinating, no less today than in the past. For students one myth stands out: Daedalus and Icarus. The story has been told and retold hundreds of times. Here is mine, based on the account by the Roman author Ovid in his ‘Metamorphoses’.

Posted by Kim Down on 1st April 2020 at 12:00am

Dynamic holiday experience

Imagine in your mailbox you find a holiday brochure. You page through it, but something seems odd: what is a “dynamic holiday centre” [DHC]? What can that be?

Posted by Kim Down on 31st March 2020 at 12:00am

Armchair questions

You sit in a chair, a comfortable one, and there you are, on your own. You’re just not in for conversation, but at the same time you do not want to mull over the same old thoughts again and again. That is the perfect moment for some armchair questions.

Posted by Kim Down on 30th March 2020 at 12:00am

Home language

In his book “Gulliver’s travels” [1726] Jonathan Swift recommends that at home one should talk with each other by the use of a language of objects.

Posted by Kim Down on 29th March 2020 at 12:00am

My crisps!

Philosophy, you may think, is about big questions, questions that rock your life. Philosophical conversations, however, especially at home, are more revealing, when they address small things. Or less friendly said: most of the irritations in daily life are around petty things.

Posted by Kim Down on 28th March 2020 at 12:00am