Mr Duncan Robinson, former Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, delivered the 2007 Isaiah Berlin Lecture. In this edited extract he describes some of the challenges that museums face today.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, Issue 11 (July 2008).
Professor Geoffrey Hosking FBA examines the role of trust in our financial systems, and argues that we need a fundamental rethink.
Isaiah Berlin Lecture, delivered by Lord Sutherland of Houndwood FBA, on 19 October 2004. There was a time when the metaphor appropriate to the individual in search of moral and spiritual fulfilment was 'pilgrim'. The goal or telos of human life was known and identifiable; the problem was how to get there. From Plato's attempt to show us the way out of the Cave to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, the problems of the journey were recognised, but the point of arrival was not, in these accounts, in dispute. This implied unity of vision has unravelled through the vagaries of post-Enlightenment life. The problem today is not simply 'how to get there', but rather where 'there' is. The metaphor of 'pilgrim' has lost its force and I wish to examine the effectiveness of two alternatives 'tourist' and 'pilgrim'.
The concept of ‘toleration’ has been the subject of two meetings organised by the British Academy. Two participants, Dr Jon Parkin and Dr Timothy Stanton, challenge our complacent assumption that increasing toleration is a historical inevitability.