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Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


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

Rethinking the Human Body: Human-Machinic Intersections in the Greco-Roman World

How modern is the concept of a posthuman, mechanical body which extends beyond its flesh and skin and interacts with inorganic material to the extent of blurring the boundaries between its deep nature...

Maria Gerolemou, George Kazantzidis | 28 Aug 2023

Balancing Justice and Autonomy in Democratic Design

As democracy across the globe faces new stresses and dramatic challenges, the power of the judiciary to reshape electoral procedure is increasingly important. Yet underlying any judicial intervention...

Jacob Eisler | 24 Aug 2023

The Graphic Novel, Old and New

Since the first uses of the term in the 1970s, the graphic novel has been a concept in constant debate and evolution, capturing the new developments and mutations of comics across the last decades, alongside...

Benoît Crucifix | 24 Aug 2023

Theory of liquids, the hard problem

I had a memorable library day trying to find an answer to a question that is simple to formulate: what is a theoretical value of energy and heat capacity of a classical liquid? I looked through all textbooks...

Kostya Trachenko | 22 Aug 2023

Religious Dissimulation and Early Modern Drama

Religious liberty has long been considered as a foundational human right in modern liberal democracies. Article 18 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifies that everybody has the ‘freedom,...

Kilian Schindler | 21 Aug 2023

Computational physics gets a revamp

The second edition of my textbook “Numerical Methods in Physics with Python” was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2023. Already since its first edition, the book’s focus...

Alex Gezerlis | 18 Aug 2023