Profiles

Shakespeare and Plato fist-fighting in field

Are you an idealist or a pragmatist? In his latest book, Self and Soul, Edmundson aims to provide fresh insights into how we might choose to live our lives

As he turns 80, the writer discusses the ‘golden age’ of universities and the (imagined) sexual indiscretions of academics

The literary theorist talks about his 50-year career, the importance of low-minded virtues and the double act of Christianity and communism

THE speaks to former UUK president, Sir Steve Smith, four years on from the tuition fee protests

In his new book, Scott Herring aims to ‘depathologise’ hoarding. He talks to Matthew Reisz

A postcolonial scholar began a troubling quest after learning about his father’s role in counterinsurgency in India

Exasperated by a profusion of loose thinking, the philosopher tackles the assertion that the self is only a manifestation of the physical body

Despite the snobbery of Oxford, a young literary scholar found the liberty to know and speak his mind

Historian Barbara Taylor’s account of the asylum system is woven into a memoir of breakdown and recovery aided by a ‘safe haven’, analysis and friendship

Time is a harsh mistress but there’s much to look forward to, says the doyenne of the Left