Articles by Alex Dean
The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb (Allen Lane, £20) At two points in history philosophy has made a great leap forwards: in the time of Socrates,...
Alex Dean / August 17, 2016
A new trend in student politics deserves more scrutiny
For decades abstruse, technical philosophy has dominated the field—but is that changing, and should we want it to?
The Australian philosopher on "effective altruism," immigration points systems and defining philosophy
A day spent talking to constituents confirms that you can't beat round-the-clock campaigning
Alex Dean / June 16, 2016
Head of Zeus, £14.99 Dying has lost its dignity. This is the claim made by Irish doctor Seamus O’Mahony in The Way We Die Now. O’Mahony argues that we have over-medicalised death—that we...
If it all comes apart post-referendum, Boris is the favourite for the leadership
The former Foreign Secretary will argue that they are a "showcase of success"—but that Brexit would threaten them
Alex Dean / May 19, 2016
Bloomsbury, £25 Oscar Wilde was the Victorian era’s arch aesthete: beauty, he thought, was valuable for its own sake. This set him apart from the puritanism of his day. So original was Wilde...
And Jo is “the clever” Johnson—not Boris