Mary Midgley

Roger Scruton applauds a philosopher who seeks to make sense of the human condition

Jeremy Black

Britain's most prolific historian remains generally ignored by the intelligentsia

Leszek Kolakowski

Roger Kimball finds it strange that the author of the most pertinent works on Marxism is so little known

Sarah Palin

Governor Palin may be inexperienced but she owes her huge popularity in Alaska to getting things done

Roger Bacon

Surely the man who can claim to be the world's first experimental scientist and to have advised the Pope deserves a better reputation

Elie Kedourie

Kenneth Minogue recalls the great Anglo-Iraqi scholar who was both amused and outraged by the folly of intellectuals

Quinlan Terry

As a student Terry was told he would fail if he continued to submit any more classical designs

Ian Fleming

No novelist since Stevenson imparts so much energy into simple-seeming sentences through inch-perfect phrasing and punctuation

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"