Peter King is a part-time aphorist and writer. He is part-time in the sense that he is doing it as it suits him rather than to provide bread for the table.
For 25 years Peter worked as an academic at De Montfort University in Leicester. While there he taught on a range of courses within the Department of Politics and Public Policy and published 21 books. He developed a bit of a reputation for his philosophical approach to housing issues, as well as writing on conservatism, reaction and antimodernism. Having nothing else to say on these issues that could be described even remotely as ‘academic’, Peter decided to take early retirement in June 2018.
Peter is not affiliated to any group or organisation. If forced to label himself, he would squirm but eventually describe himself as a conservative (definitely small ‘c’) and an antiradical. His intellectual heroes include Edmund Burke, Joseph de Maistre, Bernard de Mandeville, Vladimir Solovyov and, amongst contemporary writers, Roger Scruton (for a fuller idea of Peter’s views see the ‘Essays’ page).
Peter rails against what he sees as the two great sins of our age. The first one is the belief that because one has principles one is therefore allowed to impose them on everyone else. Politics, however, should not be about the imposition of a programme or attaining a particular end state, but the balancing of incommensurable interests in order to ensure that all households can live comfortably and well.
The second sin is the belief in consistency, that each individual is a complete unit containing a coherent set of ideas and beliefs. Human beings are fundamentally contrary creatures who carry many contradictory ideas in their heads and see no reason why this is a problem. They change their minds all the time, while asserting their consistency. But instead of seeing this as a failing, it is, in fact, something to be celebrated. Accordingly, Peter combines his love of conservative ideas with listening to avant-garde jazz (Anthony Braxton, Alice Coltrane, William Parker, John Zorn) and reading the novels of William Gibson and Jeff Vandermeer.
Peter lives in Peterborough in the East of England. He is married to B, who is well on the way to sainthood (something she disputes, but that only proves the point, doesn’t it?). They have two daughters, both considerably more intelligent than their father.