Thanks for the mast--er, essay.Another contemporary term is "rant." When my students don't understand a philosopher's argument, they say he's "ranting" about something.
Interesting! Mine just say he's double-talking!
Come again?sorry about that ;-] My favorite essayist is Bertrand Russell, unless you count Dorothy Parker the same way.
Yes, Russell is interesting and a fellow philosopher!! I have never read Dorothy Parker, so know nothing about her. Russell's pieces are well organized and you can't mistake his point. I suppose you are thinking of his collection in _Why I am not a Christian_?
Yep."Marriage and Morals" is also good.