Neuroscientists attempt to reduce the greatest aspects of human behaviour and existence to material Darwinism. We should be sceptical about their overblown claims

Setting the tone of Catholic political thought for three centuries, it is in France where one uncovers the roots of the separation of Church and State

Evelyn Waugh said that WWII would serve writers well, replenishing their stocks of experience. But several works borne out of the war were masterpieces of literature

A major retrospective of David Hockney’s work at the Royal Academy showcases the Yorkshire-born artist’s love of his Northern homeland

Philip Larkin’s letters to his lover Monica Jones speak of a non-sexual intimacy and chart his progression to poetic maturity

Folk music has long been influenced by ultra-Left politics. Yet as the example of composer Cornelius Cardew has shown, even those with Communist sympathies have things to teach us about community music

Cynthia Ozick’s intricate and artful new novel Foreign Bodies echoes the majesty of Henry James’s late period

The last of the wartime travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, may have departed the scene, but the genre he graced is still thriving

A working-class Scottish upbringing taught James Macmillan about music and fatherhood. If only more artists would take up the mantle

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Percy Shelley’s The Revolt of Islam looks mightily prophetic