Category Archives: Philosophy
A recent addition to our series on the history of education is the rather wordy, three-volume Philosophy in Sport Made Science in Earnest, by John Ayrton Paris, who was also the author of a two-volume life of Sir Humphry Davy … Continue reading
In the last few days, a British government delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, has been in India, talking trade, visas, and, inevitably, the colonial past.
Superficially, Sir Leslie Stephen, author of Sketches from Cambridge, by A Don, Hours in A Library, Essays on Freethinking and Plain Speaking, Social Rights and Duties, etc. etc. etc., would seem to be the most desk-bound author imaginable. But, in … Continue reading
Last week, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of five programmes about the origin, meaning and significance of the word ‘culture’. The hook on which the series hung was the opposition between the ways in which the word was defined … Continue reading
I have to declare an interest. My great-great-[I think]grandfather, Sam Aylward, worked for Dr Arthur Conan Doyle at his surgery in Southsea, and is immortalised as Samkin Aylward in The White Company. (I have another Aylward ancestor, James, who is … Continue reading