Aristotle

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

The post-truth is out there

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In a political ‘post-truth’ world, currently the subject of a slew of books, emotions and personal belief are said to…

Theresa May take note: Aristotle knew power lies with the middle classes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

The Labour party’s tagline for the forthcoming general election is: ‘For the many, not the few.’ Aristotle, who understood this…

Ancient and Modern: The Athenians’ verdict on George ‘Five-Jobs’ Osborne

15 April 2017 8:00 am

As a result of George Osborne taking up five jobs on top of his role as MP for Tatton, an…

You don’t have to be good to do good

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I am a regular listener to the Sunday morning service just after eight on BBC Radio 4. It’s a habit…

Why it’s time to abandon ‘trope’

11 February 2017 9:00 am

A law I’d like to see passed would exact severe penalties for the use of the word trope. It is…

Aristotle on the collective wisdom of Brexit voters

10 September 2016 9:00 am

It comes as no surprise to find that there has recently been much talk among Brexit supporters about ‘the wisdom…

Royal Marine commandos coming ashore on Juno Beach, 9 a.m., 6 June 1944. The Allies fixed a tidally perfect day to land using a Victorian music machine

The dizzying truth about tides

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The tour guides of Ephesus, in Turkey, have a nice party trick to wake up their dozing coach passengers. As…

Romans, racism and Sadiq Khan

14 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Racism’ refers to the belief in racially determined inferiority, most often recognised in body-type, about which, by definition, nothing can…

Did criticism kill John Keats? Sketch by Joseph Severn of the poet in his last illness

Aphorisms and the arts: from Aristotle to Oscar Wilde

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The author of this jam-packed treasure trove has been a film critic at the New York Times since 2000 and…

Ancient and Modern: The mercenaries of IS and ancient Greece

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Last week we read that Isis was crumbling, but still a force to be reckoned with. That is true, but…

Science was invented in 1572

16 January 2016 9:00 am

There was no science before 1572, the year that Tycho Brahe saw a new star in the night sky above…

The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

How ancient Athens handled immigrants

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Among all the arguments about how many non-EU immigrants we should let in, campaigners are proposing a scheme for private…

Aristotle wouldn't have rated Jeremy Corbyn’s fan club

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn says he is very excited about his campaign to become Labour leader because lots of young people are…

What Aristotle would have made of Cambridge’s Lego-sponsored professor

20 June 2015 9:00 am

So Cambridge University has accepted £4 million from the makers of Lego (snort) to fund a Lego chair (Argos sells…

Plutarch and Aristotle vs Lynton Crosby

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Attack Ed Miliband and sing up the long-term economic plan: that is the now obviously useless scheme devised by the…

The Magna Carta was hopelessly behind the times

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Important as the Magna Carta (ad 1215) has been as a founding myth for everything we hold dear about law…

Aristotle had David Mellor’s number (Andrew Mitchell’s, too)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell and his ‘effing pleb’ of a policeman, David Mellor and his ‘stupid sweaty little shit of a taxi…

What Aristotle would have made of Brooks Newmark's selfies

11 October 2014 9:00 am

News that the soon-to-be-ex-Tory MP Brooks Newmark has sent pictures of his genitals to a second (presumed female) contact has centred…

Horace still understands happiness better than the LSE

30 August 2014 9:00 am

So here comes another book about how to be happy, written by Professor Dolan, an ‘internationally renowned expert’ at the…

How Plato and Aristotle would have tackled unemployment

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Labour is up in arms because many of the new jobs currently being created are among the self-employed. This seems…

Sorry, Rory Stewart, but you don't understand the Greeks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith, was reported to be proposing that we should create in Britain…