Statue of the 18th-century philosopher David Hume on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh: ‘Hume . . . is probably not much more implicated in the slave trade than many of us are today,’ says his latest biographer Julian Baggini. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Scientists who are dismissive of philosophers generally still have a soft spot for David Hume. He is one of those Enlightenment thinkers who is decide(...)

Sarah Bernstein: ‘concerns herself with the role of women in society, both historically and in contemporary times’

As if the present days weren’t bad enough, the title of Sarah Bernstein’s bracing debut novel heralds the arrival of further disaster and unrest. But (...)

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party  Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative party leader Douglas Ross. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

When Scots vote next Thursday, they will not only choose who should govern them from Holyrood for the next five years – they could begin to determine (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson touches elbows with health worker Liz Hallett (left) during a visit to the vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium on February 17th in Cwmbran, Wales. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/WPA Pool/Getty

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has promised to focus on “data, not dates” next week when he announces his plan to unwind coronavirus restrictions ove(...)

Connacht attack coach Nigel Carolan and Stephen Fitzgerald during training on Tuesday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht welcome a return to Pro14 play this weekend after two weeks of inaction due to Covid-19 cases in opposition clubs. Welsh side Scarlets are (...)

Rebecca Kelly celebrating being named ‘tech evangelist’ of the year

An Irishwoman has been named “Tech Evangelist of the Year” at the annual Women in IT Summit awards in New York. Rebecca Kelly, who hails from Castlec(...)

 Mohammed bin Nayef:  downfall of the former  Saudi crown prince led to the defection to Canada of his former cabinet minister and intelligence chief Saad al-Jabri. Photograph:  AFP

The Saudi authorities have seized the children of Saudi exiled intelligence operative Saad al-Jabri to exert pressure on him to return home. A PhD in(...)

As a lecturer, James Mackey’s style was informal, laced with a dry sense of humour.

Born: February 9th, 1934 Died: January 25th, 2020 The death has taken place of James Mackey, eminent professor of theology and author of several sch(...)

A total of 45 women-only posts are to be allocated over a three-year period. Photograph: iStock

Third-level colleges have received approval for 20 women-only professorships aimed at tackling gender inequality in higher education. The appointment(...)

A Scottish-independence rally in Glasgow this month. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty

IN SCOTLAND, AS THE UK GENERAL ELECTION LOOMS, THE THORNY ISSUE OF BREXIT IS FURTHER COMPLICATED BY THE INDEPENDENCE QUESTION. THE POLITICAL VOLATI(...)

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