Civilisation

Is music expressing or evoking emotion?

Recalling Gertrude Himmelfarb, historian and Standpoint advisory board member

Tom Stoppard’s roots and Caryl Churchill’s dystopia

A book by Coleridge published in 1830 offers useful advice for perplexed Anglicans today

How Jan van Eyck changed the trajectory of Western art

A chilling, compulsive investigation into online extremist groups

Karen Harvey’s book on the ‘rabbit-breeder’ Mary Toft teases out the painful emotional drama behind an 18th-century medical hoax

The mysticism and pragmatism of Victorian philosopher-psychologist William James

Thomas Piketty is haunted by the failures of social democracy, but his own ideas for fixing society are far from novel

A film about the the Holodomor’s exposure should prompt debate on the famine-denialist Walter Duranty