Philosophy

Unreliable Lives of the Saints

Two new lives of St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas fail to straightforwardly present the legacies of these two hugely influential figures

Is the Brain the Key to Understanding Religion?

The neuroscience of human nature now treats mind and body as a single integrated entity

Underrated: Søren Kierkegaard

Thanks to his leap of faith, this gloomy Dane has been neglected by the intelligentsia

At Home with the Letwins’ Salon

Bill and Shirley Letwin kept open house for open minds from Chicago to Cambridge and Hampstead

Hitler’s Superman

Martin Heidegger's apparent denazification after the — with the help of Jewish lover Hannah Arendt — requires further examination

The Philosopher and His Scholar

Noel Malcolm's magisterial new edition of Hobbes's Leviathan is a fine example of why, in the 21st century, scholarship still matters

The Few Who Rule The Many

Alan Ryan’s colossal new history of political thought is an ambitious but engaging piece of scholarship

A Bee in his Bonnet

Richard Dawkins cannot grasp the distinction between knowledge and wisdom. This puts him at war not only with religion, but the entire tradition of Western philosophy

Taking a Liberty

The financial crisis has produced a new wave of young libertarians but these radicals champion freedom over and above virtue

Adam Smith: The Morality of the Invisible Hand

The Wealth of Nations should not be seen as separate from Smith's moral philosophy — it itself is a profoundly moral text

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"
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