Category Archives: Philosophy

Threading My Way

… is a very apposite title for this 1874 book by Robert Dale Owen, son of Robert Owen, the cotton magnate and social reformer. As the subtitle says, it covers the first 27 years of his life, and the word … Continue reading

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A List of Books by Scots

On this momentous day, I thought it appropriate to list some of our Scots authors, who, whether published north or south of the border, have contributed so much to the intellectual life of Great Britain.

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More Than One Genius In The Family

We have recently reissued ‘classic’ biographies of some of the great figures in classical music. The German philologist and archaeologist Otto Jahn (1813–69), whose edition of Sophocles’ Electra we have also published, was inspired to write a scholarly biography of … Continue reading

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Science (Almost) in Earnest

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

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A Meeting of Civilisations

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.

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