The Spirit of Meliorist Reform
This book is a collection of essays on a spectrum of political, economic and social issues, plus ones which are philosophical and cultural. However, despite such variety, there is a good deal of inter-echoing between individual pieces. Emphasis has been given to a number of writers of the 19th and 20th centuries: those who, in the author’s view, have done an enormous amount to set the intellectual agenda for Western culture in the 21st century.
This is Tom Rubens’s eighth published book on philosophy. He has also published fiction and poetry. He has spent most of his working life as a teacher of English, and describes himself as ‘a social and political activist.’
This is a novel of many elements and themes: Ignorance and knowledge; sexual lust and love; conditions of political safety and of danger; the need for culture and the need to escape personal loneliness; the complexity of philosophical ideas and also of personal sensibilities. Though the setting is over 40 years ago, the book conveys the kinds of inspiration, difficulty and dilemma which are still germane to the experience of intelligent young people in modern English society.
Progressive Secular Society
Progressive Secular Society: And other essays relevant to secularism (Societas) by Tom Rubens (2008-06-01).
A Liberalism Cautious But Active
A Liberalism Cautious But Active – And Other Essays On Liberal Themes.
Politics and Neo-Darwinism (Societas)
This collection of essays is eclectic, covering certain political, ethical, cultural, and philosophical topics. But running through all the material is the evolutionary-naturalistic perspective stated in the opening essay, which gives the book its title. Another emphatic feature is a focus on the Western cultural outlook, as the context in which the large number of topics is viewed. This focus is important as a way of re-affirming the distinctive character of Western intellectual and cultural history, at a time when that character is, arguably, not sufficiently recognised and appreciated. Authors referred to include Aristotle, Shakespeare, Voltaire, and Sartre.
Spinozan Power in a Naturalistic Perspective and Other Essays
A collection of essays on physicalism and naturalistic philosophy that includes critiques of Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Niebuhr and Santayana. The book aims to show the relevance of the concept of mental power as a principle for ethical behaviour, and to explore its implications for society as a whole.
Economic Reform and a Liberal Culture
This second collection of essays for the Societas series by Tom Rubens continues the author’s discussion of contemporary issues contained in “Progressive Secular Society” (Imprint Academic 2008). The present book is divided into three main sections. The first deals with social, economic and cultural issues; the second with topics which are essentially philosophical; and the third with themes which are chiefly literary. Throughout, the viewpoint expressed is that of secular humanism.