Issue: August/September 2020

Why Immanuel Kant matters

Immanuel Kant is often misunderstood — and he is partly to blame. But what he has to say is well worth thinking about

Martians, mushy peas, leprechauns (and gin)

An awful lot of advertising is graceless and uninviting. But very occasionally an advert has the cheek to be enjoyable and funny

The complex cruelty of comedy

With comedians coming under pressure to only perform ideologically pure material, can comedy and satire survive?

In search of ‘English Proust’

Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?

Inside the Russian psyche

The UK remains surprisingly reluctant to dig deep into the patterns shaping Russia’s view of the world

Frank Ramsey: a giant among Titans

The short life of the mathematician and philosopher continues to have a profound impact

Machiavelli’s virtue politics

Modern politicians can learn from the Renaissance

Goodthink and crimethink

Linguistic revisionism leads to rapid substitution of meaning: words are deployed as weapons to shut down independent thought

Engineering the soul of China

Xi’s revolution in values and education is a tool for totalitarianism

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens