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Montaigne: his free-ranging essays were almost scandalous in their day. Étienne Dumonstier/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Michel de Montaigne’s Essays

Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is back in the public eye thanks to a series of open letters he’s written since the start of 2016. Reuters/Phil Moore

Why Mbeki’s contested articles have a role to play in South Africa’s history

Former President Thabo Mbeki’s critique of South African historiography, and his concomitant attempt to correct this body of work, has set off a significant public discussion.
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The science of anatomy is undergoing a revival

Only two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened. Instead the…

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