The lost disciples. The position of the teacher has become awkward and anomalous. The title "master", with its reactionary and illiberal connotations, seems at odds with modern ideals of education. Yet the desire for intellectual submission remains
08 December 2003
George Steiner has chosen a deliberately unfashionable subject. The position of the teacher in the modern world is an...
The quiet sceptic. Mary Midgley has consistently opposed attempts to transform scientific theories into political doctrines. In her latest book, she takes issue with the "magnificent visions" of the new geneticists. By Edward Skidelsky The quiet sceptic
07 July 2003
A few months before his death, Charles Darwin was visited by the radical journalist Edward Aveling. An enthusiastic...
Into the inferno. Edward Skidelsky admires an ambitious attempt to bring the crimes of the Soviet regime out of the shadows
02 June 2003
It was while walking one day over the Charles Bridge in Prague, writes Anne Applebaum, that she first became aware of...
12 May 2003
If there is a right-wing equivalent to the disease of political correctness, it might be called political incorrectness...
Divine creation. Matt Ridley is a libertarian and pessimist. He is sceptical of all political schemes to remake the world. But he is wrong about the new genetics. By Edward Skidelsky
31 March 2003
The popular science writer Matt Ridley is excited. The cause of his excitement is the final publication of the human...
The God of the gaps. The rise of fundamentalism has given credibility to the view of religion as a retreat from reason. So is faith anything more than a refuge of the ignorant? By Edward Skidelsky
10 March 2003
Sophisticated young secularists increasingly think of religion as something scary, as a kind of voodoo or brainwashing...
State of nature. Edward Skidelsky on the "greatest living" British philosopher's quest for truth in an age of relativism
18 November 2002
As the culmination of a distinguished philosophical career, Bernard Williams's latest production would conventionally...
28 October 2002
Over one of our innumerable cups of tea, my Moscow landlady told me a story about a friend of hers whose father had...
The philosopher of pessimism. John Gray is one of the most daring and original thinkers in Britain. But his new book, a bold, anti-humanist polemic, fails to convince Edward Skidelsky
02 September 2002
Like certain hedge funds, John Gray speculates on disaster. As the market plummets, his personal stock soars higher...
The human question-mark. "Tell me what you need, and I'll supply you with the right Nietzsche quotation," a German satirist once quipped. Today, Nietzsche continues to be misread and misappropriated. Edward Skidelsky on the life and work of a thinker who,
17 June 2002
As he was leaving his lodgings in Turin on 3 January 1889, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche caught sight of a cabby...
Murdering to dissect. For all the advances of science, we are no closer to understanding the essential mystery of the self. But perhaps the strange world of autism offers clues. By Edward Skidelsky
25 March 2002
Of all the sciences, psychology promises most but delivers least. Its aspiration is the oldest and most basic of all;...
28 January 2002
In philosophy, more than in any other academic discipline, an unfortunate gap has arisen between supply and demand. The...
Food and Drink
03 December 2001
The book that has above all others shaped my life, in a purely practical way, is An Essay on Man by Ernst Cassirer....
Human, all too human. Undying fidelity is the basic formula underpinning all fanaticism. Edward Skidelsky on the dilemmas of belief in a secular age
29 October 2001
Religious belief is less vulnerable to persecution than to ennui. No torture is more destructive of faith than the...
Food and Drink
A philosophical investigation. Britain was always on the margins of 20th-century intellectual life. Edward Skidelsky on how the French and the Germans won the battle of ideas
13 August 2001
The British public has an undiscriminating appetite for self-improvement. It has strong aspirations and weak tastes....
Women urinating on the street in the small hours: the mark of a Britain in crisis, or the ultimate bonding experience?