Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


Agreements in Our Family Lives

            Many of our interactions with other people are structured by formal or informal agreements:  we agree to work for a company for a set wage, we pay other people to fix our car or...

Brian H. Bix | 22 Sep 2023

Read the book of Proverbs, plumb its theological depths and get wisdom!

The book of Proverbs is not the most widely read of the biblical books, although individual proverbs are widely cited:  eg “A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother’s...

Katharine J. Dell | 20 Sep 2023


Science informs public understanding on everything from climate change to cancer treatments to child development. But how does it do so, and who determines what the public learns? Does science...

Ross A. Thompson | 14 Sep 2023

How an interaction between data and models can foster scientific knowledge about our planet?

At the end of the last century, Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) mentioned that ‘the next century will be the century of complexity’. Indeed, many contemporary problems faced by Earth sciences and society...

Alik Ismail-Zadeh | 14 Sep 2023

Puccini in Context

Image Credit: Elvira Puccini, Giacomo Puccini, Antonio Puccini Archivio Storico Ricordi, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Giacomo...

Alexandra Wilson | 14 Sep 2023

Chinese History through the Nose

How did past environments, objects, and people smell? What can aromas and stenches tell us about history and culture? Scents of China takes you on a smell-walk through modern Chinese history, tracing...

Xuelei Huang | 13 Sep 2023

The Case for the Prophetic Office

When we think of a prophet, we might well imagine a bearded and eccentric biblical seer delivering God’s judgment on his people. But the prophetic office did not end with the sealing of the biblical...

James Bernard Murphy | 12 Sep 2023

Taking Shakespeare to War

When Russian forces invaded Ukraine in March 2022, Shakespeare’s Hamlet was repeatedly used by theatre makers, scholars, and political leaders to express the existential threat faced by Ukrainians...


An Anthropology of German Theatre by Jonas Tinius

State of the Arts is an account of the unique German public theatre system through the prism of a migrant artistic institution in the western post-industrial Ruhr region. It analyses how artistic traditions...

Jonas Tinius | 8 Sep 2023

Enhancing International Human Rights Law’s Role in Promoting Peace

Human rights law particularly the right to equality and non-discrimination, seem to come in tension with the use of democratic power-sharing, a pivotal tool for achieving peace in regions plagued by ethnonational...

Limor Yehuda | 7 Sep 2023

The Cement of the Universe

David Hume famously called causation ‘the cement of the universe’. Indeed, causation is central to many disciplines, not least, the law. Like all legal disciplines, the Law of the World Trade Organization...

Catherine Gascoigne | 1 Sep 2023

Mental Capacity, Dignity and the Power of International Human Rights

This book investigates the complex relationships in law and philosophy between mental capacity, personhood and human rights. The case of people with cognitive disability has been of particular interest...

Julia Duffy | 30 Aug 2023