Category: Guest Post

Light Pollution and Migratory Birds: Understanding the Impacts of Urban Environments on Aerial Migration Corridors

Between March and June 2024, areas across the United States will experience the highest aerial bird density of the year. In other words, the period from late spring to early summer is considered ‘peak bird migration’ season in the United…

Islamist Transformations of Ottoman History, Culture and Literature: Between Scholarship and Politics

Whether wholeheartedly embraced by the modern Turkish generation (or even by Turkish historiography itself) or not, Turkey’s Ottoman past is an indispensable part of its history and identity. Rising around 1300 in Northwestern Anatolia and becoming the most significant world…

Examining the Crossroads of Crime Writing

There is no doubt that crime writing is now one of the most widely read genres of writing; there is something for everyone in sheer variety alone. And, although in academic circles we know this literature has value beyond its…

Philosophy, Rhetoric and Aesthetics

The world we live in is not that of Plato’s Socrates. It is a world of fragments. The tropic language with which we try to put it back together testifies to our alienation in its very use. Philosophy depends upon…

America’s Once and Future King

My new translation of and commentary on Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws has been recently released (Anthem). I prepared the work upon the consideration that it would be only the third English translation of this seminal work in 275 years.…

A Life with Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein studies flourished in the second half of the twentieth century, as philosophers struggled with the interpretation of his two great masterpieces, the Tractatus Logico-philosophicus and the Philosophical Investigations. Many of his eminent pupils such as Georg-Henrik von Wright, Elizabeth…

Clarence Thomas Among the Bohemians by Robert Holton

Recent news reports about the relationship between conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and ultra-wealthy conservative activists such as billionaires Harlan Crow and the Koch brothers have revealed many interesting details and raised a number of questions, but one…

Caroline Norton’s Love in “the World”

Now known chiefly for her dramatic life story and reforms of married women’s child custody and property legislation (see Antonia Fraser’s biography, The Case of the Married Woman and Diane Atkinson’s The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton), Caroline Norton was…