Letters and Politics

Democracy: A Life

Ancient Greece first coined the concept of “democracy”, yet almost every major ancient Greek thinker-from Plato and Aristotle onwards- was ambivalent towards or even hostile to democracy in any form. The explanation for this is quite simple: the elite perceived majority power as tantamount to a dictatorship of the proletariat. Paul Cartledge talks about the … Continued

A conversation with historian of science Naomi Oreskes, co-author of the book The Collapse of Western Civilization. The book is a work of science-based fiction that presents a deeply disturbing account of how the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies failed to act, and brought the collapse of Western civilization by climate change. Naomi Oreskes is … Continued

A conversation with Bart D. Ehrman, renowned religious scholar and author of the book The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World.  We learn how Christianity spread throughout the Western world, and how the Roman Empire went from being a polytheistic pagan society, to a Christian society that persecuted non-Christians. Guest: Bart D. Ehrman is a Distinguished Professor … Continued