Julia Kindt reviews Socrates in Love: The making of a philosopher by Armand D’Angour

Julia Kindt
23 July 2019

It may be tempting to think we already know Socrates, the Athenian philosopher whose most famous dictum remains that he was wise only insofar as he was aware of his own ignorance. Although More

Adrian Walsh reviews How Fear Works: Culture of fear in the twenty-first century by Frank Furedi

Adrian Walsh
24 June 2019

Fear has always been a dominant element of human existence, across all human societies, but has our attitude to it changed? It migh More

Gemma Betros reviews The Existential Englishman: Paris among the artists by Michael Peppiatt

Gemma Betros
22 April 2019

I wanted to like this memoir very much, not least because the inside of the book jacket promises, with some originality, a ‘not-uncritical love letter to Paris’. People (myself included) have a tendency to wax rha More

Barney Zwartz reviews In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel

Barney Zwartz
22 March 2019

Almost from the day Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis in 2013, he began denouncing fake devotees, whited sepulchres, and hypocrites at the Vatican. His targets, as Frédéric More

Ceridwen Spark reviews The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the future of liberalism by Russell Blackford

Ceridwen Spark
11 January 2019

Recently I was speaking with a friend about the impact of the #MeToo movement on gender politics and the implications for male academics. He suggested that there are only two speaking posi More

Tim Byrne reviews 'The World Only Spins Forward: The ascent of angels in America' edited by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois

Tim Byrne
26 December 2018
Most of the time, plays are just entertainments; they can be witty and insightful, even powerful and contemporary, and still function as merely satisfying divertissements. Rarely, so rarely e More

Gemma Betros reviews 'Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950' by Agnès Poirier

Gemma Betros
27 November 2018

A country that fails its purge is about to fail its renovation,’ warned French-Algerian writer Albert Camus in a January 1945 editorial. Camus’ ominous edict, issued in the weeks follo More

Don Anderson reviews 'The Finkler Question' by Howard Jacobson

Don Anderson
07 December 2010

They had been at school together, Julian Treslove and Samuel Finkler. ‘More rivals than friends, but rivalry too can last a lifetime.’