Tuesday, December 11, 2018

<b>Building with Biophilia: An Interview with Nikos Salingaros</b>

Building with Biophilia: An Interview with Nikos Salingaros

September 27, 2017

Damien François
Speaking for the reconstruction of Parliament's bombed-out Commons Chamber, Winston Churchill famously quipped, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” But how? And should we care? Is it not all rather a matter of taste? Philosopher Damien François interviews architectural theorist Nikos Salingaros, who believes that the art of building is anything but arbitrary: our built environment matters deeply for our attitudes, our aims, our very bodies. Neither a ‘modernist’ nor a ‘traditionalist’, Salingaros is as much a champion of the field’s historical vernaculars as he is of new possibilities afforded by contemporary empirical discoveries in biomathematics. His intellectual eclecticism, his passion for humane urbanism, and his compelling alternatives to stale orthodoxies make him one of the most exciting theorists active today.

<b>The Prince and the Polis</b>

The Prince and the Polis

May 18, 2016

A Conversation with Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
Clarion Review Founding Editor Jonathan Price and philosopher Nathaniel Helms sat down with His Serene Highness Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein at the Oxford Union to discuss localism, centralisation, and his hopes for democracy in the third millennium.
“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

October 29, 2009

Interview and translation by Diederik Boomsma & Yoram Stein

We interview the French intellectual Rémi Brague about his life and work. The question of whether and in what way the West is unique figures centrally in our discussion. Whether one can sensibly speak of “three religions of the book”, whether Brague is a Straussian, what the civilisational roles of poverty, humility, and cultural inferiority complexes may be, and whether Americans really are cultural cowboys, are also each discussed in turn.

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

October 9, 2009

Interview by Diederik Boomsma

What distinguishes conservatism from classical liberalism?

The problem with classical liberalism is that it never pauses to examine what is involved in ‘not harming others’. Do I leave others unharmed when I destroy my capacity for personal relationships, through drug-taking, promiscuity, or porn addiction? Do I leave them unharmed when I stupefy myself with pop music? I have nothing against individualism, so long as it is recognized that the individual is created by a community and by the moral constraints that prevail in it. The individual is not the foundation of society but its most important by-product.