1946.002 - List of FB’s Essays as a Balliol
Note During their first term (in FB’s case Michaelmas
Term 1946) Freshmen were required, in addition to their ordinary work, to write an essay
on an unconnected topic and read it to a Balliol fellow not otherwise concerned with
them. The following were written by FB
The art of Thomas Hardy.
What improvements in the daily press do you think desirable or possible?
On decadent societies.
Which is the more deplorable, the scientist who knows nothing about the humanities,
or the humanist who knows nothing about science?
The place of music in education.
1946.010 The character of an age.
1946.011 What is meant by classical art, music and
MODERN GREATS ESSAYS
Note During his first year at Balliol FB read Politics,
Philosophy and Economics (PPE) otherwise known as Modern Greats. He then switched to
Law, with the consent of the Master of Balliol (Lord Lindsay of Birker). The following
are among FB’s PPE essays.
Possible meanings of the expression ‘the will is free’.
The moral worth of natural benevolence.
Human goodness and Rashdall’s refutation of hedonism.
1947.002 How Chamberlain’s policy of imperial
expansion made the Boer War inevitable.