Strand: Intellectual life

It is impossible completely to separate ideas from the historical circumstances that give rise to them. But have universities in Britain and the US become captive to a particular socioeconomic group and its unquestioned ideology? And are elements of that ideology, in particular epistemic relativism, the unlikely origins of Trumpian ‘post-truth politics’? When political movements claim the mantle of leaders and thinkers of the past, like Martin Luther King, do they honour or distort their intellectual legacies? Finally, will Brexit and other international developments undermine cooperation between scientists?