News Dr Andrew Davis claims rival camps in the debate over how to teach children to read are acting like 'religious fundamentalists'

Children who are fluent readers are being damaged by the Government’s insistence on using synthetic phonics in the classroom, a leading academic warns today.

Descartes, by A C Grayling

I spy, with my philsopher's eye...

There's more to eco-friendly employers than recycling

Jane Bainbridge reports on the companies using infrared heaters that warm people, not air - and basing bonus schemes on carbon emissions

Tracey Emin: My Life in a Column

There are people out there who would sell their their baby's soul for a break

Longitude, Greenwich Theatre, London

The clockmaker as choirmaster

The Collapse Of Globalism, By John Ralston Saul

Philosopher with a venomous world-view

Believing the unbelievable - the enduring lesson of Auschwitz

Where is the man who with his own lungs breathed a gas chamber, ask revisionists. To which the answer is, gassed

Memories of a thinker and cricketer

I have received many letters of tribute to the late Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher and founder of what became known as "deconstruction". I would like to print some of them today in his memory.

Mind matters: In search of the good life

One day in my early twenties, I found myself - not for the first time - standing beside a section marked philosophy in my local bookshop. Had the assistant walked over and asked if she could help me to find anything, I would have had trouble answering, beyond saying, in the most naive and embarrassing way, that I was looking for answers - or simply, for consolation.

Santini spurns the chance to honour the panache of old

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Bolton Wanderers 2

Ismail Patel: Don't believe Hollywood myths about Muslims

From a lecture by the chair of the Friends of Al-Aqsa, given at the House of Commons

Gerard Errera: Britain and France have a good deal in common

From a speech by the French Ambassador at the London School of Economics
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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on