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With fiction, you can talk about plot, character and narrative, whereas a poem brings home the fact that everything that happens in a work of…
The study of history and philosophy, accompanied by some acquaintance with art and literature, should be for lawyers and engineers as well as for those…
Rousseau ranks among the great educational theorists of the modern era, even if he was the last man to put in charge of a classroom.…
It is true that some liberals and humanists, along with the laid-back Danes, deny the existence of evil. This is largely because they regard the…
I liked early Amis a lot, but I stopped reading him some time ago. I admire Hitchens on literary topics – I think he is…
I enjoy popularisation and I think I’m reasonably good at it. I also think it’s a duty. It’s just so pedagogically stupid to forget how…
For the liberal state to accommodate a diversity of beliefs while having few positive convictions is one of the more admirable achievements of civilization.
Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around…
You’ve got to have a sense of different audiences. I’m a kind of performer manque – I come from a long line of failed actors!
What’s wrong with a bit of nostalgia between friends? I think nostalgia sometimes gets too much of a bad press.
The political currents that topped the global agenda in the late 20th century – revolutionary nationalism, feminism and ethnic struggle – place culture at their…
People do evil things because they are evil. Some people are evil in the way that some things are coloured indigo. They commit their evil…
Men and women do not easily submit to a power that does not weave itself into the texture of their daily existence – one reason…
If history, philosophy and so on vanish from academic life, what they leave in their wake may be a technical training facility or corporate research…
Evil is unintelligible. It is just a thing in itself, like boarding a crowded commuter train wearing only a giant boa constrictor. There is no…
It is in Rousseau’s writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the…
Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination; if the United States is one of the most venal nations on Earth, it…
Those who sentimentally indulge humanity do it no favours.
The frontier between public and private shifts from time to time and culture to culture.
I value my Catholic background very much. It taught me not to be afraid of rigorous thought, for one thing.
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