Aristotle

The ancients would have thought Boris was deluded

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The gloom that envelopes the Labour party stands in strong contrast to the confidence and hope that the Prime Minister…

How to deal with Brexit anger, according to the ancients

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Sir Philip Pullman, tweeting that thoughts of hanging the PM came to mind after the decision to prorogue parliament, later…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

Romans, racism and Sadiq Khan

14 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Racism’ refers to the belief in racially determined inferiority, most often recognised in body-type, about which, by definition, nothing can…

Did criticism kill John Keats? Sketch by Joseph Severn of the poet in his last illness

Aphorisms and the arts: from Aristotle to Oscar Wilde

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The author of this jam-packed treasure trove has been a film critic at the New York Times since 2000 and…

Ancient and Modern: The mercenaries of IS and ancient Greece

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Last week we read that Isis was crumbling, but still a force to be reckoned with. That is true, but…

Science was invented in 1572

16 January 2016 9:00 am

There was no science before 1572, the year that Tycho Brahe saw a new star in the night sky above…

The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

How ancient Athens handled immigrants

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Among all the arguments about how many non-EU immigrants we should let in, campaigners are proposing a scheme for private…

Aristotle wouldn't have rated Jeremy Corbyn’s fan club

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn says he is very excited about his campaign to become Labour leader because lots of young people are…

What Aristotle would have made of Cambridge’s Lego-sponsored professor

20 June 2015 9:00 am

So Cambridge University has accepted £4 million from the makers of Lego (snort) to fund a Lego chair (Argos sells…

Plutarch and Aristotle vs Lynton Crosby

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Attack Ed Miliband and sing up the long-term economic plan: that is the now obviously useless scheme devised by the…

The Magna Carta was hopelessly behind the times

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Important as the Magna Carta (ad 1215) has been as a founding myth for everything we hold dear about law…

Aristotle had David Mellor’s number (Andrew Mitchell’s, too)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell and his ‘effing pleb’ of a policeman, David Mellor and his ‘stupid sweaty little shit of a taxi…

What Aristotle would have made of Brooks Newmark's selfies

11 October 2014 9:00 am

News that the soon-to-be-ex-Tory MP Brooks Newmark has sent pictures of his genitals to a second (presumed female) contact has centred…

Horace still understands happiness better than the LSE

30 August 2014 9:00 am

So here comes another book about how to be happy, written by Professor Dolan, an ‘internationally renowned expert’ at the…

How Plato and Aristotle would have tackled unemployment

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Labour is up in arms because many of the new jobs currently being created are among the self-employed. This seems…

Sorry, Rory Stewart, but you don't understand the Greeks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith, was reported to be proposing that we should create in Britain…