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THE Essays

Hannah Arendt: thinking versus evil Subscription

26 February 2015 | By Jon Nixon

Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together

Out of office: on research leave in Florence Subscription

19 February 2015

Poring over manuscripts in the Biblioteca Nazionale prompts Nicholas Till to consider the benefits of studying original documents in a digital age

The rise of the medical humanities Subscription

22 January 2015

Belinda Jack examines the growing field and considers the therapeutic effects of poetry

Thomas Docherty on academic freedom Subscription

4 December 2014

Managerial fundamentalism has taken hold in universities, with scholars viewed as resources that must be controlled, argues the Warwick scholar

Intellectual cowardice Subscription

16 October 2014

Scholarship can be a fearsome activity, as Chris Walsh discovered when he set out to investigate the figure of the coward

Benefits culture: rethinking Mozart on Maggie’s dole Subscription

4 September 2014

Nicholas Till acknowledges his debt to Margaret Thatcher and explains why he regrets his Cambridge degree

Today’s intellectuals: too obedient? Subscription

28 August 2014

Fred Inglis on the obligation of academics to speak truth to power

Work less, do more, live better Subscription

7 August 2014

Reconsider long working hours, says Patience Schell, for leisure is vital for mind, body and productivity

Fred Inglis on Richard Hoggart Subscription

8 May 2014

A leading light in the study of culture fought many battles that now need to be fought again

Whose side are we on in this moral contest? Subscription

24 April 2014

Universities should not acquiesce in a system that perpetuates inequality - they must take a stand against it, argues Thomas Docherty

The myth of the strong leader Subscription

10 April 2014

Archie Brown on lessons for universities from political leadership

Turbocharge teaching with a team of rivals Subscription

20 February 2014

Courses led by interdisciplinary groups can energise teachers and students, says Robert Zaretsky

Why do some academics feel like frauds? Subscription

9 January 2014

Ruth Barcan believes such feelings are a logical response to a broken academic system

Beware ‘brain-based learning’ Subscription

12 December 2013

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

Belinda Jack on cliché, the nemesis of thought Subscription

28 November 2013

Academics must counter ‘verbicide’, which constrains expression, to foster new ideas and ways of seeing

Still relevant: The Making of the English Working Class Subscription

21 November 2013

Robert Colls on why E. P. Thompson’s landmark book belongs on more university reading lists

Tom Palaima on the power of mentors Subscription

14 November 2013

A mentor provides far more than inspiration and sage advice, says Tom Palaima, who fears for the future of such guiding relationships in the era of Moocs

Elegy in a country churchyard Subscription

24 October 2013

The death of his father prompts Nicholas Till to consider the interconnectedness of things

Optimism is a sine qua non for scientists Subscription

26 September 2013

A career in science is built on hope and naviety as well as intellect, argues Russell Foster

Fracking research: playing with fire? Subscription

19 September 2013

To avoid conflicts of interest, academic research must be transparent and independently funded, says Cary Nelson

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