Arts & Books
Antonio Damasio takes neuroscience back to its philosophical origins in Spinoza's "mind-body" and reveals the "embodied consciousness" of art
A philosophy of self-invention was Emerson's gift, and curse, to American thought. But what good is originality, if the new self is a monster?
Art deco made mass production into art. How long before our own age of consumerism is also artified, and the McDonald's "M" winds up in the V&A?
The idea that creating contemporary art is like exposing archaeological artefacts is nice but false. Archaeologists are more like curators than artists
Suez cast a long shadow over Anthony Eden's political career. But the crisis left surprisingly little transatlantic or cross-channel rancour, says Philip Goodhart
Consciousness poses both hard and easy problems. Science can deal with the easy problem of brain function, but subjective experience is still really hard
Fareed Zakaria's book, which argues that liberalism is more important than democracy, is the missing voice of a sane internationalist US Republicanism
John Updike's new novel isn't very good fiction but as a veiled work of art criticism it reveals his deepest obsessions as a writer
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