What Makes Football a Beautiful Game?

A good game of football shares many aesthetic qualities with art: it involves individual prowess, extraordinary skill and moments of great drama. Seeing Messi execute a virtuoso dribble, or Ozil craft the perfectly weighted through ball, can be beautiful. Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal for Tottenham against Ajax in the Champions … Read More

Badiou on Trump

Extract from Trump by Alain Badiou

“Is the election of Trump a true disaster, the beginning of the end of democratic freedom, the triumph of racism, sexism, and social violence? Certainly it is a dark day for freedom, justice, and equality. I understand that, on the level of public opinion, … Read More

Climate and Society: Transforming the Future


By Robin Leichenko & Karen O’Brien

Climate change is often described as the central challenge of our time. Even teaching about climate change can be profoundly challenging. Some students feel that the problem is already hopeless and that runaway climate change is inevitable. Others are more optimistic, convinced that the … Read More

Economics and Sex: The Naked Truth

In March 2018, in the British coastal resort of Brighton, a female Cambridge economist went on a secret mission. She left her dingy hotel room, took the lift downstairs to the conference suite and walked into the gala reception of the Royal Economic Society annual conference (a gathering of some … Read More

Generation Left

By Keir Milburn

Something remarkable has happened over the last few years. Age has emerged as the key dividing line in politics. Young people are much more likely to vote Left and hold left-wing views, while older generations are more likely to vote Right and hold conservative social, and increasingly … Read More

International Conflict Management

Across history, violent conflict has been the source of enormous human misery. War not only maims and kills the individuals doing the fighting but brings death and suffering to civilians as well. Beyond the battlefield casualties they produce, both civil wars and wars between states disrupt economies, displace populations, and … Read More

Canguilhem

By Stuart Elden

On Valentine’s day 1966, Louis Althusser wrote to his translator and lover Franca Madonia, mentioning that he had met up with Georges Canguilhem, his former teacher. Canguilhem was described by Althusser as “one of our old masters, a fierce man, angry, shy and violent, who convinced himself, … Read More