Professor David Mattingly, Chairman of the Society, describes some of its activities and achievements in recent months.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, July-December 2001.
In 2008, the British Academy adopted a three-year collaborative project to
look at how Southeast Asia had long been connected to the wider world
across the Indian Ocean – in particular, to the Middle East through the faith
of Islam. Dr İsmail Hakkı Kadı, Dr Annabel Teh Gallop and Dr
Andrew Peacock report on the preliminary results of research in the
The British Academy is celebrating its Centenary in 2002. As part of the programme of events surrounding the Centenary, the Academy is publishing a series of major monographs to demonstrate the vitality of British scholarship at the start of a new millennium. The Academy’s Publications Secretary, Professor Fergus Millar FBA, describes this series, in the context of the overall publishing programme.
Lecture by Professor Alexander Nehamas, delivered on 18 October 2011 (venue: The British Academy). One of a triptych of lectures organised by the British School at Athens, with support from the British Academy, to celebrate the School's 125th Anniversary (in association with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies). Ancient Greek philosophy, at least since the time of Socrates and extending all the way to Plotinus, was not primarily an academic discipline but a way of life - the philosophic life, which the ancients were ready to declare the best for human beings. That is not to say that the ancient philosophers formulated no theories: far from it. But their theories were ultimately meant to answer questions about life in a way that is much more direct than what we find in modern and, especially, contemporary philosophy. Derived from, and aimed at, everyday life, ancient Greek philosophy provides a stark alternative to current practice and, as we shall see, it still exerts considerable, though often unrecognized, influence on our thought.