The Master-Mind Lecture was delivered at the British Academy on 13 April 2000, by M.F. Burnyeat FBA. In this extract, he illustrates Plato’s power to speak across the millennia.
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Published in Review, January-July 2000.
A persistent theme in the writings of Elie Kedourie was his mistrust of large, seemingly attractive concepts or ideas, ideas which were lightly advanced and quietly incorporated into political or historical folklore without being subject to the close and critical scrutiny which he rightly believed to be an obligation of stateman and historian alike. One such
concept is that of the ‘Great Game’. In an edited extract from his Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture delivered on 16 May 2000, Professor M.E. Yapp examines some aspects of this famous phrase.
Earlier this year (2000), the Council of the Academy decided to instigate an enquiry into graduate studies in the UK.
This extract is taken from the Warton Lecture in English Poetry, delivered by Professor Helen Vendler, on 17 May 2000.