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Education, Tutorials, and the Socratic Method

The tutorial model of teaching employed at NCH is, in some ways, based on the Socratic method of education. According to Socrates, education is a matter of drawing out what is already (innately) known. Thus, in Plato’s dialogue,

Pedagogy and the Varieties of Knowledge

In this post, I want to discuss three kinds of knowledge, and then relate them, briefly, to tuition at NCH. In particular, it has been claimed that there are three kinds of knowledge pertinent to higher education.

Transformation in Sport and Education

I believe that education can be transformative. In fact, I think that it can be transformative in something like the way that high-level (e.g. Olympic) sport can be. Allow me to explain, beginning in what is perhaps an unexpected place: Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism.

World War II and Memory

But after that, the War will still live on: through people’s memories of what their older friends and relatives have told them of these things (first directly, then at second hand)

At the Ottoline Club: Regulating the Tech Giants

Google and Facebook between them account for about 70% of online advertising. Is that an objectionable dominance, asked Stephen Dnes in his recent talk, or are the markets in which these technology companies operate somehow different from most other markets?


So нелюбовь is a noun not an adjective, and the film is about that thing: the non-love which mutually connects Boris and Zhenya – a contemporary, bourgeois, Muscovite divorcing couple – and which connects both to their twelve-year-old son Alyosha (a name with connotations of innocence, being that of the saintly youngest Karamazov brother in Dostoevsky’s 1880 novel). Part way through, Alyosha disappears. The rest of the film concerns his parents’ unsuccessful effort to find him alive, whilst both of them pursue new relationships.

Why Do We Fall in Love With Fictional Characters?

They don't require sacrifice or exclusivity yet they may bring light upon what real qualities are worth loving.

At the Ottoline Club: Dickens and the Railways

  The Ottoline Club met on 5th December 2017 in the Archive for a fifth-anniversary talk by Anthony Grayling on “Mugby Junction”. Those present were: Anthony Grayling (Master), Catherine Brown (Faculty of English), George Zouros (Faculty of Economics), Olly Ayers... Continue Reading →

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