“Challenging change” – extract from A Foot in the River

We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering
We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering [More]

An interview with the Editor of The Monist

Oxford University Press has partnered with the Hegeler Institute to publish The Monist, one of the world's oldest and most important journals in philosophy. The Monist publishes quarterly thematic
Oxford University Press has partnered with the Hegeler Institute to publish The Monist, one of the world's oldest and most important journals in philosophy. The Monist publishes quarterly thematic [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]

Madness and Meaning

Even in an age of science, we cannot escape lunacy’s long history of frippery and superstition…
Even in an age of science, we cannot escape lunacy’s long history of frippery and superstition… [More]

How powerful was the Kaiser?

Talking, arguing, shouting, preaching, threatening: Wilhelm II, the last kaiser, “was like a Tourette’s tic at the heart of the state”…
Talking, arguing, shouting, preaching, threatening: Wilhelm II, the last kaiser, “was like a Tourette’s tic at the heart of the state”… [More]

Women’s movement

When feminism took on motherhood, it revealed a big gap between theory and practice. Social change requires more than ideological declarations…
When feminism took on motherhood, it revealed a big gap between theory and practice. Social change requires more than ideological declarations… [More]

History of the gym

For men in ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a place to pursue physical and intellectual excellence. Also sex. Homosexuality shaped gym culture…
For men in ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a place to pursue physical and intellectual excellence. Also sex. Homosexuality shaped gym culture… [More]

Black Power Revisionism

The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?…
The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?… [More]

Why We Confess

The theological disclosures of Augustine and the earnestness of De Quincey have given way to a petty, low-stakes literature. Confession has been commodified…
The theological disclosures of Augustine and the earnestness of De Quincey have given way to a petty, low-stakes literature. Confession has been commodified… [More]

Blame the dog

Roughly 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals dwindled and then vanished from Eurasia. What caused this die-off? Modern humans and their dogs…
Roughly 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals dwindled and then vanished from Eurasia. What caused this die-off? Modern humans and their dogs… [More]