Chomsky at 88

Few probably anticipated that the boy who was born on this day in 1928 would become one of the founding fathers of modern linguistics and one of the world’s foremost intellectuals. Noam Avram
Few probably anticipated that the boy who was born on this day in 1928 would become one of the founding fathers of modern linguistics and one of the world’s foremost intellectuals. Noam Avram [More]

The paradoxical intellectualism of Gershom Scholem

Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) is widely known as the founder of the academic study of Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. In the nearly thirty-five years since his death, Scholem’s star has continue to
Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) is widely known as the founder of the academic study of Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. In the nearly thirty-five years since his death, Scholem’s star has continue to [More]

The phosphene dreams of a young Christian soldier

On a blustery St. Martin’s Eve in 1619, a twenty-three year old French gentleman soldier in the service of Maximilian of Bavaria was billeted near Ulm, Germany. Having recently quit his military
On a blustery St. Martin’s Eve in 1619, a twenty-three year old French gentleman soldier in the service of Maximilian of Bavaria was billeted near Ulm, Germany. Having recently quit his military [More]

Philosopher of the month: Ludwig Wittgenstein

This June, the OUP Philosophy team are proud to announce that Ludwig Wittgenstein is their Philosopher of the Month. Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an
This June, the OUP Philosophy team are proud to announce that Ludwig Wittgenstein is their Philosopher of the Month. Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an [More]

Vignettes of Evolutionary Biologists

Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, W.D. Hamilton: Robert Trivers knew the evolutionary biologists as colleagues. He looks back, without mercy…
Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, W.D. Hamilton: Robert Trivers knew the evolutionary biologists as colleagues. He looks back, without mercy… [More]

Eugene O’Neill life

Eugene O’Neill was grim and unsmiling. O’Neill didn’t deny it: “I’ll write about happiness if I ever happen to meet up with that luxury”…
Eugene O’Neill was grim and unsmiling. O’Neill didn’t deny it: “I’ll write about happiness if I ever happen to meet up with that luxury”… [More]

Life of Morris Dickstein

A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again…
A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again… [More]

Life of Eleanor Marx

In Victorian London, intellectuals looked for love in the British Museum’s reading room. One of the most disastrous unions: Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling…
In Victorian London, intellectuals looked for love in the British Museum’s reading room. One of the most disastrous unions: Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling… [More]

On Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow liked to provoke people, even providing one critic with a velvet pillow to place beneath the “brick-size chip on his shoulder”…
Saul Bellow liked to provoke people, even providing one critic with a velvet pillow to place beneath the “brick-size chip on his shoulder”… [More]

Life of Mark Twain

Mark Twain, 31, got a newspaper to pay for a luxury cruise to Europe. The problem? Almost everyone on the ship was also a journalist…
Mark Twain, 31, got a newspaper to pay for a luxury cruise to Europe. The problem? Almost everyone on the ship was also a journalist… [More]