The death of languages
Endangered languages have sentimental value, it's true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?
Spoiling for a fight
Short of a battlefield, the most violent place in medieval England was Oxford. Why did Brits stop beating each other up?
The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?
The sea was never blue
The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea?
Is linguistics a science?
Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain
Theory from the ruins
The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous, mass culture deadening, and the Enlightenment a disaster. Were they right?
Why the Tudors still rule
The Tudors are always good box office, but their melodramatic lives distract from a much deeper legacy of civic nationhood
Has art ended again?
Ever since Hegel, artists and critics alike have been claiming that art is finished. But what could that actually mean?
The legal imagination
Hypotheticals, fantastical beings, and a fictional omnibus: legal reasoning is made supple by its use of the imagination
The Masada mystery
Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?