Academia

Why is there more intellectual freedom in Bucharest than Cambridge?

26 November 2019 8:00

‘You can talk about anything you like,’ said Radu, a young Romanian academic when he invited me to a conference…

Academic freedom is now being betrayed by academics

17 October 2017 14:52

The ultimate purpose of a university is, without fear or favour, to pursue the truth, and in furtherance of that…

A course in Dangerous Ideas would be the perfect tonic for our dull universities

8 June 2015 13:13

There have been a number of articles recently by American liberals warning about the intolerance of academia, in particular pointing…

In memory of my friend Alexandros Petersen – a victim of the Taliban

20 January 2014 18:23

On Friday a Taliban suicide bomber detonated in downtown Kabul in the doorway of a Lebanese restaurant which was popular…

Norman Geras: Rest in peace, comrade

18 October 2013 9:19

I was shocked this morning to log on to Twitter and learn that Norman Geras had died. I can think…

Old books, Getty Images

Stoner by John Williams – review

22 July 2013 10:41

Faced with a book as simple and true as Stoner, it’s easy to fall into the trap of intentional fallacy.…

Trouble with the big society

3 April 2011 10:59

A gaggle of academics have written to the Observer to condemn the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for accepting…