25 April 2014

The vital importance of being moral

Essay: To be moral requires something routinely denigrated today: individual freedom.

11 April 2014

Matthew Arnold's error: the state is bad for culture

In order to judge 'the best which has been thought and said in the world', individuals must be free to discriminate.

Books 27 December 2012

A braindead view of free will

As Wired for Culture demonstrates, the greatest intellectual threats posed to freedom and autonomy today are those put up by evolutionary biologists and psychologists

13 December 2012

Why it’s wrong to censor Holocaust deniers

History, including the history of the Holocaust, should be determined in open, public debate, not in the courts.

Books 31 August 2012

Why the elite wants to obliterate borders

Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Books 24 August 2012

Why the elite wants to obliterate borders

Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Books 25 May 2012

The university: still dead

Andrew Delbanco’s insightful new book on the history and future of the American college exposes an institution that has no idea what it should be.

Books 30 March 2012

In higher education quality, not equality, matters

Stefan Collini's new book asks What Are Universities For?, but his relativist view of Truth and Knowledge prevents him from giving a satisfactory answer.

17 November 2011

Leonardo da Vinci: a curious humanist

The National’s blockbuster show of the Renaissance master’s paintings is a great tribute to human genius and creativity.

Books 26 August 2011

La mort de l’Europe

David Marquand wants to sound an alarm about the state of the EU, but his hostility to the ideals of the West only serves to express the cancer at the heart of the European project.