Immanuel Kant

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New Zealand blindside wing forward Ardie Savea was phenomenal as South Africa ran riot over the All Blacks in those opening 20 minutes of their group clash. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Practise the skill and not the drill. And, of course, the crucial decision-making process. In attack or defence, when hunting to convert pressure into(...)

“It’s only recently that we thought animals should be treated with respect and dignity and not tormented.” Photograph: iStock

Western civilisation has been slow to take seriously the suffering of animals. For “slow” read thousands of years, and yet we’re only starting to get (...)

Trying to prove that art is good for health, well-being, social inclusion, creativity and education is as hard as trying to nail down ‘excellence’, a term beloved of funders and evaluators

As you read this, arts managers, curators and creators are hard at work. They’re not making, curating or managing art, they’re writing their annual Ar(...)

Siri Hustvedt: Philosopher or novelist? Photograph:  Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

There are philosophers who have written novels, and novelists who imbue their work with philosophical ideas. Iris Murdoch and Albert Camus might be se(...)

‘Nearly all of us have some desire to do what’s right  but a lot of the time our desire doesn’t really translate into motivation.’ Photograph: Getty images

Being moral is commonly associated with a kind of joyless rule-keeping. Blame Christianity if you like – and particularly that strand which sees salva(...)

Shamima Begum (19) in a Syrian refugee camp reading a copy of the UK home office letter stripping her of British citizenship. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

It was, former US chief justice Earl Warren remarked, “a form of punishment more primitive than torture”. For Voltaire, it was not only irrational but(...)

Shame is something we always have the capacity for; we may find the triggers for it intentionally or by accident. Photograph: Getty

I fell off my bicycle struggling my way up an incline on a country road. The day was idyllic. The sun twinkled off any vegetation that leaned toward i(...)

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley holds a photo of a victim of the Syrian chemical attack at a meeting of the  Security Council. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Faced with the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria against civilians, including children, the familiar pattern of initial outrage gives way to (...)

Paul Gregg’s  Amorphous, 2006, plastic and helium: at the RHA Gallagher Gallery

To Swallow a Ball – Vanessa Donoso López The Lab, Dublin ***** There’s a temporary air to Vanessa Donoso López’s show at The Lab. Appropriately so (...)

Larry David in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: the ‘cringe comedy’ premiered in 2000

Ludwig Wittgenstein is reputed to have said that a good philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes but by praising humour he was in a mino(...)

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