This week, I’m going to do some posts on love, to consider and carry ourselves through Valentine’s Day. The first post is a short talk by Roman Krznaric. Roman was our speaker at the London Philosophy Club last week (and an excellent speaker at that). He’s an interesting figure in both the contemporary history of Read more…

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Over at the Centre for the History of the Emotions blog, we’re holding a Shame Week, in which various historians of the emotions consider shame. Today, Katherine Angel of Warwick University has posted an excellent review of the Steve McQueen film, Shame. She loves the film, but wonders why Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender have, Read more…

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Over at the Centre for the History of the Emotions blog, my former tutor, the wonderful Lesel Dawson, reviews Simon May’s Love: A History. My favourite passage: As May’s book makes clear, a number of traditions require that the lover achieve psychic distance from the beloved in order to attain higher goals. Looking across various Read more…

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Ever seen a ghost? A quarter of Brits say they have, up from 7% in the 1950s. Our experience of the spooky is apparently on the rise. Yet modern psychology has typically pushed such experiences to the margins. The profession seems embarrassed, in its eagerness to establish itself as a respectable science, that some of Read more…

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So, as we all know, self-control is good, and important, and the strongest predictor of children’s success in later life, and all of that. But sometimes it’s good to lose control too. Nietzsche knew that it’s not all about the self-controlled virtues of Apollo. Sometimes you need a bit of Dionysus too. Here are my Read more…

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