Max Weber

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Even when relaxing, people feel an urge to read something ‘improving’ or useful. Photograph: Noel Hendrickson/Thinkstock/Getty

Christmas is promoted as a time of rest and idleness but for many of us it’s just another opportunity for work. There are events to organise, presents(...)

Patrick Rogers is challenged by Madeline Stringer and members of the Unitarian Church on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the Wittenberg church door in 1517, re-enacted  on St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Although October 31st, 1517, is usually regarded as the starting point of the Protestant Reformation, with the nailing of the ninety-five theses to th(...)

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Four months after his election political commentators are still struggling to classify President Emmanuel Macron. In recent days he has been called a (...)

 The Rev Ian Paisley:  “Unionism has judged itself virtuous using a different marker, which can be found in the way Paisley emphasised the ever-present threats to an idealised moral and spiritual order.” Photograph: Alan Betson

As someone who sees themselves as a unionist, who believes in a shared parliamentary tradition and history, which for all its faults and misappropriat(...)

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany:  what he intended as the beginning of a theological dialogue in 1517 set in train events that have shaped the world  today. Photograph: iStock

It began 500 years ago this year. It shaped your life and mine, and that of billions of other people since. Yet few realise that anymore. It led to (...)

Amazon: uses detailed data to monitor both managers and lower-level employees’ performance. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

When Spotify workers need a new keyboard, they go to a shelf and take one. There are no forms to fill in and no one to ask. There is just a sign sayin(...)

The Spotify logo. The further down the work ladder you are, the more employers will believe you need to be controlled.

When Spotify workers need a new keyboard, they go to a shelf and take one. There are no forms to fill in and no one to ask. There is just a sign sayi(...)

The murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996  shifted the Special Criminal Court’s focus on to organised crime. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The murders of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch snr have pitched the Special Criminal Court into the general election campaign. Minister for Justice Franc(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna and eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: forgiveness of debt has been a great boon to Germany. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

For most of human history the moral opprobrium associated with credit was attached to the lender, not the borrower. Aristotle and Plato poured scorn o(...)

Gary Hamel. Photograph: Getty

Control and freedom: these two forces are at play during any conversation with Gary Hamel. Finding a balance between them has underpinned much of his (...)

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