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When is a ban not a ban?

Cries of censorship followed reports that London students were demanding white philosophers be dropped from the curriculum. But there was more to the story.

By Wail Qasim
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When is a ban not a ban?

Cries of censorship followed reports that London students were demanding white philosophers be dropped from the curriculum. But there was more to the story.

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Mind, Body & Life
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Keep on taking the tablets

Laurie Taylor goes in search of transcendence and finds some fascinating shoelaces.

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Derrida vs. the rationalists

Derrida’s famously difficult thought is often dismissed as “post-modern” nonsense. Is there more to it than might first appear?

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Three parent babies, the gamification of protein, and mapping matter

Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Three scientists talk through big recent developments in their fields.

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Is it too soon to laugh about apartheid?

In post-apartheid South Africa, comedy has become the expression of a new democratic energy

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In a word: grammar

Michael Rosen's column on language and its uses

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Can ancient Greek tragedy help to heal trauma?

An American director is using theatre to help people from different walks of life confront trauma and loss.

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Book Review: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

Adam Rutherford's new book, on the miracle of human genetics, is not merely informative, but wise.

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Trouble at sea: what fossil fuels are doing to our oceans

We know what carbon dioxide is doing to our atmosphere – but could it have an equally devastating effect on our oceans?

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