Thomas Hobbes

The murky origins of David Cameron’s new favourite phrase

5 March 2016 9:00 am

‘They all laughed at Christopher Columbus,’ sang my husband flatly, ‘when he said the world was round.’ I wasn’t going…

John Aubrey and his circle: those magnificent men and their flying machines

14 March 2015 9:00 am

John Aubrey investigated everything from the workings of the brain, the causation of winds and the origins of Stonehenge to…

John Gray’s great tour-guide of ideas: from the Garden of Eden to secret rendition

7 March 2015 9:00 am

You can’t accuse John Gray of dodging the big questions, or indeed the big answers. His new book The Soul…

What Cicero knew that David Davis doesn't

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The MP David Davis has lamented that the British seem to prefer laws that protect their security rather than guard…

‘There was no better way’: Ancient Celts or Gauls go into battle against the massed ranks of Rome, and are slaughtered for the good of posterity

War is good for us

5 April 2014 9:00 am

The argument that mankind’s innate violence can only be contained by force of arms may make for a neat paradox, but it fails to convince David Crane