Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Essay/Fairness & Equality

In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It's time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

Idea/Stories & Literature

The only line comedy shouldn’t cross is the no-laughter line

Casey Michael Henry

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

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Video/Neuroscience

A happy life is built on pleasures such as sex and food, but also company and variety

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Idea/History of Science

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Shahar Avin

Essay/Political Philosophy

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

Paul Sagar

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the fairest rectangle of them all?

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Idea/Politics & Government

There's a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

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Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

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Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

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Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today

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Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

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