Entries by Mark Gullick

Ex Cathedra: Language, Truth, and Racism

We say that a sentence is factually significant to any given person, if, and only if, he knows how to verify the proposition which it purports to express. A J Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic, 1936. The English language is a lumber-room of odd artefacts from the past. Indo-Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, the Romance languages; all these […]

London Crawling: A City Takes the Knee

I was born in London, England. I say England because apparently there are seven Londons in the USA, and another one in Ontario. I am in Costa Rica, and there is even a Londres here, a bus-ride away. I haven’t been back to my home city for three years, not since everyone thought Covid was […]

Acting White: Colouring British History

I first noticed it 10 years ago while watching a BBC adaptation of Graham Greene’s famous 1938 gangster novel Brighton Rock. Considered a very violent book for its time, it was famously filmed in 1948 as a classic piece of British noir starring a young Richard Attenborough as Pinkie, the hoodlum with the sharp suits […]

Pepper’s Ghost: Looking for the British Far Right

Pepper’s Ghost: A Victorian stage-effect by which special lighting and plate glass is used to make illusory objects appear. Campaign speeches are generally just another scene from political theater, and the listener takes away about as much worthwhile information as they would from a sports coach in a pre-game interview. But in August of 2016, […]

The Death of White Philosophy

The current dismantling of academic Humanities subjects across the West was always going to target philosophy. The charge sheet is by now familiar and reducible to one piece of evidence; Western philosophy was written by White men. This is now all the requirement a discipline requires to be defenestrated. Western philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to […]