Hobbes

Liberty depends on a delicate balance between state and society

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Liberty is a fragile thing. For thousands of years, civilisations have risen, flourished and fallen, and most of them have…

The best way to start on Enlightenment philosophy

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The flour is what matters, and not the mill, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg wrote in his notebook in 1799. ‘When we…

‘Venetia, Lady Digby, on her Deathbed’, Anthony van Dyke, 1633 (oil on canvas), Dulwich Picture Gallery

Joe Moshenska tells the story of Sir Kenelm Digby’s piratical Mediterranean voyage...

18 June 2016 9:00 am

There is a wonderful portrait of Kenelm Digby by Van Dyke. He is dressed in black. His hand is on…

The revolution the West needs (and won't get)

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The West must wake up and reform, or face decline

The great Ascension Day pageant of the Doge performing the marriage of the sea — already a tourist attraction in 17th-century Venice.

What Englishmen learnt from Europe

1 February 2014 9:00 am

A tour of the Continent was a prerequisite for young Jacobean noblemen training for statesmanship — provided they resisted its corrupting influence, says Blair Worden