Simon May is visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London. His books include Love: A History (2011), Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion (2019), The Power of Cute (2019), a collection of his own aphorisms entitled Thinking Aloud (2009), and Nietzsche’s Ethics and his War on “Morality” (2002). He has written opinion pieces for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, among other newspapers, and his work has been translated into ten languages.
Learning from the Germans
Philosopher Susan Neiman grew up in the segregated American South during the civil rights movement. She has spent most of her adult life in a Germany still coming to terms with its Nazi past. Susan, from her unique perspective, examines how nations deal with their pasts. She argues that failure to confront our history permits phenomena such as Brexit and Trump to become not merely possible, but inevitable.
Primo Levi: the Elements of a Life
In 1987 the Italian writer Primo Levi fell to his death in the house where he was born. More than 40 years after his rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, it now appeared that Levi had committed suicide. Levi’s writings, including his account of his time in Auschwitz, If This is a Man, incisively interrogate our recent moral history, conveying profoundly the horror of the Nazi genocide. He is among the foremost writers of our time. Ian Thomson’s ‘true and perfect’ bio...
Love rules our lives. Philosopher Simon May, in a radically new theory of love, examines its real aim. For all its wild unpredictability, why is love so pertinacious? Indeed why do we love at all? Clinical psychologist Frank Tallis takes a look at the darker side of love – obsession – demonstrating that ultimately love dissolves the divide between what we judge to be normal and abnormal. Simon and Frank, in conversation with cultural commentator...
In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure
Isaiah Berlin was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of liberty and plurality was passionate and persuasive and inspired a generation. His ideas – especially his reasoned rejection of excessive certainty and political despotism – have become even more prescient and vital today. But who was the man behind such influential views? Henry Hardy, Berlin’s decades-long editor and collaborator, offers an intimate and rev...