Philosophy

Special providence …

31 March 2012 10:00 am

When Ed Smith became a full-time professional cricketer for Kent in 1999 the county side was preparing for the new…

Here be monsters

17 March 2012 10:00 am

The lovely title of this book comes from the philosopher David Hume. The question he posed was this: if a…

The evil of banality

2 April 2011 12:00 am

Aimez-vous Heidegger? According to his admirers, he was the most significant and influential philosopher of the 20th century.

In the pink

2 April 2011 12:00 am

In 1988 Katherine Swift took a lease on the Dower House at Morville Hall, a National Trust property in Shropshire, and created a one-and-a-half acre garden in what had been a field.

A bitter legacy

8 January 2011 12:00 am

André and Simone Weil are hardly household names in Britain today, but in the world of mathematics the former is acknowledged as a genius for his work on number theory; and to many philosophers, André’s sister, Simone, is both a genius and a saint.

A guide to the great systems

18 December 2010 12:00 am

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Taking the world as it is

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Michael Oakeshott’s philosophy fits no ideological or party label – but there is no better case for conservatism

Might and wrong

30 June 2010 12:00 am

‘Was all this the realisation of our war aims?’, Malcolm Muggeridge asked as he surveyed the desolation of Berlin in May 1945.

The sound of eternity

30 June 2010 12:00 am

The Ninth is not necessarily Beethoven’s greatest symphony.

Genetics, God and antlers

12 May 2010 12:00 am

‘Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.’ Oren Harman uses this quote from Immanuel Kant to open one of the chapters of The Price of Altruism, and it’s an observation that — after the steady reflection on moral law that Harman’s book invites and encourages — only seems more true by the end.

Thoroughly hooked

14 April 2010 12:00 am

On the southern edge of Kensal Green cemetery, beneath the wall that separates the graves from the Grand Union Canal, is a memorial inscription that would stop a Duns Scotus in his tracks.

Before she was a novelist

10 February 2010 12:00 am

‘It’s hard in letters quite to hit the mean between being earnest and sounding damn silly’ — as Iris Murdoch admits on page 205 of this book.

Adventure with a difference

27 January 2010 12:00 am

Probably my opinion of this bold book is worthless.

Addle-pated modernist

6 January 2010 12:00 am

In 1564 a book was published calculating that there were 7,409,127 demons at work in the world, under the administrative control of 79 demon-princes.

Squeaks and squawks

14 December 2009 12:00 am

Jonathan Cecil is nostalgic for the voices of the Bloomsberries

Savouring the mystique

9 December 2009 12:00 am

I have never met Roger Scruton, though I would like to; wine fans are slightly obsessional and enjoy clustering together, like trainspotters, though tasting rooms are more welcoming than the end of a platform at Crewe.

Philosopher in transit

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Where do you meet a benign shoeshine, a prostitute writing a thesis on an obscure Eastern European poet, a shipping broker filled with self-loathing and a couple of anti-terror experts who look like they are on work experience?

Truth for beginners

30 September 2009 12:00 am

A graphic novel about logic? The idea is not as far-fetched, or as innovative, as one might think.