Author: Ian Johnston

Ian Johnston is an emeritus professor at Vancouver Island University. He has translated a number of works of classical literature, including Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Ovid, and Lucretius. These translations are freely available (as are many of his other writings) on his web page johnstonia.

On Roots, Fruits, and Religious Disputes

On Roots, Fruits, and Religious Disputes

Ian Johnston invokes William James in arguing for tolerance of those who hold religious beliefs. Religion has persisted, even prospered, in the face o [...]
On Hobbes, Virtue Ethics, and Liberty

On Hobbes, Virtue Ethics, and Liberty


Thomas Hobbes revolutionized our thinking about politics by challenging the long tradition of virtue politics and by offering a new blueprint for the [...]
Some Observations on Machiavelli’s The Prince

Some Observations on Machiavelli’s The Prince

We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdo [...]
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