Rhetorical rivals Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft. Photographs: Getty Images

The 18th-century author and statesman Edmund Burke was never going to end up featured on posters in student bedsits or invoked by trendy opinionators.(...)

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: All rights depend upon the existence of an assembly of people to affirm them. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

The abortion referendum campaign has been characterised by an emphasis on telling people’s stories rather than engaging in theoretical dialogue. That(...)

Mary Wollstonecraft, c1797, painted by John Opie. Photograph: The Print Collector/Getty Images

One of the great Mothers of Feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft, wasn’t burnt on a bonfire like the estimated 80,000 women burnt as witches only a couple of(...)

Chilly countenance: Claire Skinner as Lorraine Rappaport in ‘Critical’

As a committed fan of medical dramas since the days of ER, when George Clooney was a B-movie actor in scrubs and Julianna Margulies was a nurse and no(...)

Miriam Toews: spent 18 years in a small, Mennonite town in the middle of the Canadian prairies

Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer. She won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel, A Complicated Kindness, and the Rogers Writers’ Tru(...)