english philosopher

the ghost of english philosopher john locke, slowly materializing beside my bed after i summoned him to help me with my gov paper: Tis in the interest of the Publick Good to consume a Weede, be it through the Smoking of a Joynte or mayhaps the Bong, from Time to Time. Furthermore tis Necessary, for those Men living in Civil Society, under the Laws of the Common-wealth, to enjoy as part of their Natural Right a bit of the Vape whenever they so require it

me: holy shit its john locke

But if human beauty arouses desire, how could it have anything to do with the divine?
Desire is for the individual, living in this world, it is an urgent passion. Sexual desire presents us with a choice: adoration or apetite, love or lust. Lust is about taking, but love is about giving. Lust brings ugliness, the ugliness of human relations in which one person treats another as an disposable instrument. To reach the source of beauty, you must overcome lust. This is what we call platonic love. When we find beauty in a youthful person, it is because we see the light of eternity shining in those features from a heavenly source beyond this world.
The beautiful human form is an invitation to unite with him spiritually, not phisically. Our feeling for beauty is therefore a religious and not a sensual emotion
—  Roger Scruton
Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs 2017 Character Profile and Q&A

i’m so excited for this new anime! the visuals look great and i can’t wait uwu

(i’m not an active part of bungou fandom, but i saw this on twitter and i decided to try my hand at it! also can someone please let this grandma know how to put this all under a read more, that would be much appreciated)


Our spring is still young and a little painful! The return of Bungou Seishun Graffitti! 

Nakajima Atsushi
A very normal high school student except for the fact that his white hair stands out. He became a member of the Armed School Council (as an assistant) due to certain reasons and helps solve fights at school. According to Dazai, he’s “a man of love and justice”.

Dazai Osamu
A mysterious young man who’s tall and has disheveled hair. He’s the secretary of the Armed Student Council, but never does any paperwork. His hobby is committing suicide. Because he keeps going in and out of the hospital, his real age is unknown.

Oda Sakunosuke
A student teacher who was assigned to the school. It seems like he’s acquainted with Dazai, but the details are a mystery. His usual breakfast is Canadian bacon and scrambled eggs. His favorite food is mixed curry.

Akutagawa Ryuunosuke
Known as “Prince of the Infirmary”. He wears a frilly piece of cloth around his neck, but even he doesn’t know what it’s called. Since he coughs often, he’s frequently in the infirmary.

Nakahara Chuuya
A delinquent transfer student who wears a black hat and knows about Dazai’s past. His hat was confiscated on the first day of his transfer because it was against the school’s dress code. Short.

Sakaguchi Ango
A prefect who’s trademark is his glasses. He doubts if Atsushi’s white hair is natural. Known as “Professor[-like] Glasses”.


Question 1 - Please introduce yourself.

Atsushi: My name is Nakajima Atsushi. Other than the fact that my white hair stands out, I’m just another normal high schooler. I became a member of the Armed Student Council because of certain reasons. My favorite food is chazuke! Being alive is such a wonderful thing. It’s another new day after you sleep and wake up, and you get to eat! 

… Um, my hair is actually natural?

Dazai: Introduce myself? A self introduction… what do you want to know about me? My name? It’s Dazai Osamu. I’m the secretary of the Armed Student Council, though paperwork is rather annoying. I spend my days looking for good ways to commit suicide. Since I’m always in and out of the hospital, I’ve had to repeat the school year for a number of times… 

Hmm? What is it? So… you’re curious about my age. I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Akutagawa: I am Akutagawa. I am a mere high school student who learns at school and lives on the streets. I suffer from a respiratorial disease, so I unwittingly spend half of my time at the school infirmary. I know more about the arrangement of the medicine cabinet than the school nurse. I am greatly troubled by the fact that someone has started calling me by the nickname “Prince of the Infirmary”. I would like to ruthlessly get rid of useless hindrances and people who create needless havoc, but at this point in time there are no such people for me to get rid of at school.

… That frilly thing on my lapel? I know not of it’s name.

Chuuya: Aa? Why the hell do I have to introduce myself. It’s damn annoying. 

… Ugh! Fine! I just gotta do it, right?! I’m Nakahara Chuuya. It pains me to say this, but I have something like an unfortunate acquintance with that asshole Dazai. That hat that I like… is at home right now. Like hell I’m letting the school confiscate it because it goes against the dress code!

My height…? If you treasure your life then you sure as hell better not say any more than that.

Ango: I’m Sakaguchi Ango from Class 3B. My height is 178cm, and my weight is 62kg. I am currently appointed as a school prefect. It seems like the recent transfer student has a very striking hair color. He claims that it’s natural, but whether or not that’s true…

Pardon me? … Wait, this is a mole. It’s not dirt.

Odasaku: A self-introduction? My name’s Oda Sakunosuke. My friends call me Odasaku. I’ve been assigned to this school as a student teacher, and I teach Literature. I don’t think it’s anything particularly worth mentioning… Is this enough [for a self-introduction]? Ah right, I eat curry rice three times a week. It’s not that I like it specifically, it’s just a habit of mine. The curry rice that I eat has vegtables that would melt in your mouth and beef tendon that’s been stir-fried with garlic. It tastes light. I cook that with an excellent blend of spices, then mix it all up with a lot of rice. I eat it with eggs and sauce.

… Hmm? Dazai? Dazai is… 

Aa, sorry looks like it’s time for the staff meeting. We’ll talk more about that later.

Question 2 - Tell us your favorite class.

Atsushi: My best subject is Physical Education! Today we had a joint-PE class with Dazai-san and the others, but Akutagawa had to leave for the infirmary in the middle, and Nakahara-san picked a fight with Dazai-san, then Dazai-san disappeared all of a sudden… It’s a pity it didn’t seem like a Physical Education class anymore. It’d be great if I could do sports properly next time…

My favorite subject is probably Literature. I don’t really understand some of the more difficult things, but I’m happy that I get to read a lot of books!

Dazai: I don’t particularly like class. I already know these things without having to be taught, so why do I have to go out of my way to be locked up in a small room just for that. It’s not even a good way to kill time. Especially Physical Education, since it’s still so cold during this time of the year that I’d rather sleep in the infirmary. But Akutagawa-kun’s there in the infirmary… and Yosano-sensei would find out that I’m skipping class. Kunikida-kun would start nagging at me too.

But during joint-PE class today I passed by Odasaku. That wasn’t bad.

Akutagawa: Due to the fact that I spend half of the school year in the infirmary, I lack enough information to form a proper opinion of my likes and dislikes of the classes. In general, I don’t dislike any of the classes. Though I’m rather stumped over the calculation of definite integrals [in mathematics], I’m satisfied with the classes overall. 

I would like to join swimming classes once.

Chuuya: … Class? Not interested. It’s just that I can’t stand to be worse than that asshole Dazai. Even though that jerk’s literally just a bandage attachment, his brains piss me off…

That’s why it’s not a matter of liking or disliking it. This is a showdown between me and Dazai. And if it’s a fight then there’s no way I’m falling behind. That’s all there is to it.

Ango: I don’t really understand the point of this question. To like or dislike it, I’ve never thought of class from that point of view. It’s because class is something you’re always supposed to attend. It’d be troublesome to constantly skip class the way Dazai does. Ah yes… to be good or bad at it, if it’s from that perspective then I understand. Anyone would have a tendency to score well or score badly in particular subjects.

Naturally I don’t have any subjects that I’m bad at.

Odasaku: My favorite class? I’ve never thought about it. I don’t decide to do things based on whether I like something or not. For most things in general at least. I’m a teacher, and since teaching is a job where it’s required for me to conduct classes, then that applies even more. If we’re just talking about likes and dislikes, then I don’t dislike my job as a teacher. Though I don’t look like it.

Speaking of, I passed by Dazai on campus today. It seemed like he’s actually attending class for once, though I wonder how long he intends on staying a high schooler.

Question 3 - Please tell us what you had for dinner tonight.

Atsushi: I had chicken chazuke today! Umeboshi topped with shredded nori, and also yesterday’s leftover chicken. When you take a bite of that together with hot soup and the little strips of konbu floating on top… that’s the best! Every day I get to eat, go to school, and work for the Armed Student Council even though it’s a little tough. I’ll work hard tomorrow as well!

Ah… um, I really have to go talk to Sakaguchi-san… He probably won’t believe me even if I tell him that my hair’s natural. I’ll go ask Dazai-san for advice…

Dazai: Hm…. How annoying. If Odasaku’s there then I’ll have to properly go to school, so I might as well go to sleep. But I’m hungry… But since we had Physical Education today I’m exhausted… And I hate having to boil water. I want my food to come to me…

Hey fooooood – cooooooome –

Akutagawa: Western-style food. I designed a menu that considers nuitritional value and prioritizes nourishment to the respiratorial system. However, as I do not have a large appetite, I do not consume very much.

I hate mikans, but I occasionally crave some after meals.

Chuuya: Boiled spinach with mitsuba and miso soup. The ingredients [for the miso soup] are tofu and green onion. And grilled fish. And rice. Then I might as well make the side dishes for tomorrow’s bento. That fucking Dazai always steals from my bento…

I’ll definitely make him cry tomorrow.

Ango: Since I have to prepare the paperwork that’s due for submission, I don’t really have time to cook. When this happens I eat energy bars that I bought from the drugstore with other nuitritional suppliments… 

Haa… I’d like to have a warm meal.

Also, Nakajima Atsushi-kun. Let’s have a proper talk tomorrow.

Odasaku: I was gonna go with curry but I’ve already had that yesterday. I made nikujaga today. I was thinking about things while making it so I made a bit too much. There are a lot of things to think about in this world, and whatever you think about wouldn’t necessarily come to a good conclusion. Since it can’t be helped, I brought the extras to Dazai’s place. He probably thought that preparing a meal was too troublesome and was rolling around on his bed anyway. Dazai’s been living next door for a while now. Hopefully he found the food before it got cold.

I’ll see you tomorrow then. Don’t be late because you stayed up all night.


if you thought akutagawa’s answers sound weird, it was deliberate because he is literally an old man and hey, it’s april fool’s. hope y’all enjoyed this and lmk if i messed up anything o/

Big Ben, Bigger Ben, and Biggest Ben (Comparison)

Big Ben (left) is commonly known as a landmark, iconic of the city of York. But few know that Big Ben is actually the smallest of three similar clock towers located across Britain.

Pictured here together in scale, the towers are each actually 2000 kilometers apart, with the largest a total of 4000 kilometers north of York on Ireland, the northmost island in England. Big Ben itself was built in 1896 in honor of the recently deceased King Benjamin, who had succeeded Queen Victoria but lived for only 2 more years. During his tenure as king however he brought many new inventions to the British Kingdom, including the wheel.

Bigger Ben was built in 1911 in honor of Benjamin Disraeli, the first Muslim president of Wales, which is also known as the “Isle of Man.” Disraeli also invented (bred the first) tailless cat, and was a noted friend of Oscar Wilde, the king of the Hebrides (Several islands southeast of the Channel Islands).

Biggest Ben was erected in 1931 in memory of Walter Benjamin, the most famous English philosopher of his time, who lived in the city of Berlin, Scotland. His “Waverly” novels are well known as the pinnacle of Belfastian literature, and his exploits in the Battle of Trafalgar earned him the nickname, “The British Bulldog.” He was later canonized as a knight by Pope Alexander VI.

Notably, the names “Ben” refer not to the towers, but to the great bells within. The towers themselves are named Tomas, Richard and Harold, after Tom Sawyer (A character of famous English author Mark Twain); Richard Bach (Famous English author of Jonathan Livingston Hawk) and Harold, Maude’s younger husband.

The United States has three similar monuments, the CN Tower, the CM Tower, and the CL Tower, which are located in the U.S. States of Saskatchewan, Yukon, and Nepal, respectively.

Classes start up again on the 4th, and I was checking out the books I would need and my English class is focused on Imagined Places (which is a cool topic on it’s own) so the books we’ll be reading throughout the semester are The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, The Princes Bride, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I am so pumped to be reading these books (again for most of them) and going in depth into the worlds. Like my readers dream is coming true right here! 


Dice of the Day: English Carved Ivory Teetotum Gambling Ball (1600 to 1700 English)

‘Totum’ is Latin for ‘the whole’ and therefore is used in reference to the ‘whole stake’ in gambling. Teetotum balls act somewhat like spinning dice, but have faceted numbered sides so when thrown there is an equal chance of any number turning up which is not the case with dice.
The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) mentions a 32 sided ivory ball in ‘Some Thoughts Concerning Education’ (1693) in Section 150 he writes concerning teaching children to read… ‘what if an ivory ball were made like that of the royal oak lottery, with 32 sides…’ The Royal Oak lottery was introduced in 1630 by Charles I to defray the expenses of carrying water to London and was very popular. Lotteries first began to become an acceptable form of raising money for government funds under Queen Elizabeth I in 1568-69. It was started in order to fund urgent repairs to the harbours and fortifications of England then under the threat of invasion from the Spanish. Great pains were taken to ‘provoke the people’ to part with their money and even fortune tellers were consulted about ‘lucky’ numbers. Lotteries later became established by successive Acts of Parliament, even during the time of the Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. They became a popular and lucrative means of increasing government revenue and were regularly conducted, both in London and the country, by appointed contractors. Lotteries were not then confined to monetary prizes, but embraced silver, jewellery, books, paintings, tapestries and even live deer in Syon Park! 

If you forget everything else about me, please remember this. I walked down that street and I never looked back and I love you. I love you. I love you so much that I shall hate you for ever for today
—  John Fowles, the Magnus

Leadenhall Market by Roy Llowarch
Via Flickr:
Leadenhall Market in London is close to the Bank Of England. There has been a market on this site since the 14th Century, This building was built in the 1880s. Used in Harry Potter as a shooting location for scenes at Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron. Amazing place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadenhall_Market

ID #42572

Name: Ashlee
Age: 17
Country: Australia

I’m a senior in high school and will be graduating in November. My personality type is ENTP. I absolutely love travelling however, I have never been overseas but I have traveled throughout the whole of Australia. I also am a massive animal activist and environmentalist. I’m only fluent in English but am extremely interested in languages and plan to teach myself as many as possible. I’ve decided to start with Arabic. I enjoy the beach, camping, philosophical conversations that screw with people’s minds and watching obsessive amounts of TV series and movies. I’m willing to communicate in any means, email, snail mail etc.

Preferences: open to anyone, preferably 17-24

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797)
“The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorus” (1771)
Located in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, England

The full title of the painting is “The Alchymist, in Search of the Philosopher’s Stone, Discovers Phosphorus, and prays for the successful Conclusion of his operation, as was the custom of the Ancient Chymical Astrologers.“ The painting is of an alchemist trying to produce the elusive Philosopher’s stone, which could turn ordinary metal into gold, but instead, discovers phosphorus.

It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness.
—  Roger Scruton (1944-) English philosopher and author.

world-builder  asked:

I really want there to be an episode of Villainous where Flug makes a ray that can drastically increase people's intelligence. But, of course, the team gets into their usual shenanigans and it accidentally hits 505. The bear goes about the rest of the episode speaking in coherent English, posing philosophical questions and driving the team to insanity. There is no "off-switch" - it has to wear off. And of course, 505 is voiced by Markiplier, so he would be speaking in his normal voice.

Omg that’d be hilarious

Like, 5.0.5. being smarter than everyone else and sighing at all their shenanigans. (Honestly it’d be funny if it allowed him to voice his opinions on all of them and he roasted them.)

Soulmate AU!Seventeen -- Jeonghan + First Word Tattoo pt. 1

 AU where the first words you hear your soulmate say are tattooed on your forearm -

A/N: So I’m really excited to post this! I wrote both parts already, so expect part two to be up on Friday!  I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think and who you want to see next. This is 1.5k+ words, but the next part is longer!

Quick note, pronouns for the reader aren’t used, but you have a best friend that’s a girl. Also, [F/N] means “friend name” and [Y/N] means “your name”.

“턱 끝까지 차 올랐던 그 말을 내일 꼭 하겠어”

Those are the words written on your forearm. They’ve been there since you were born - a constant part of you that you could never understand.

The words looks beautiful and you wished you could understand them, but you’re 13 and haven’t gotten around to even figuring out what language they were in. You always felt self-conscious about them, since your friends often compared quotes and dreamed of how they’d meet their soulmates. One of your friends even lucked out and had their soulmate’s full name in their quote!

But you weren’t so lucky. Instead, you had to fend off questions about your soulmate. There were always pitying looks and “I’m sorry”s.

You weren’t sorry. Your soulmate was yours and would love you someday. They were your other half. You weren’t going to let a language barrier get between that.

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“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”

“People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”

- Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family.