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The Great Philosophers 16: John Rawls

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice to the powers that be in a way that sounds rational and without personal pique...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
13
Aug
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The Great Psychoanalysts 2: Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was a highly creative and original Viennese Jewish psychoanalyst who discovered the work of Freud at the age of 26 and devoted her life to enriching and nuancing it in intriguing and valuable ways. She is perhaps best remembered today for...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
12
Aug
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The Great Psychoanalysts 1: Donald Winnicott

How do you build a better world? There are so many well-known, urgent places you might start: malaria, carbon emissions, tax evasion, the drug trade, soil erosion, water pollution… Donald Winnicott deserves his place in history because of the dramatic simplicity of his approach. He...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
04
Aug
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Food As Therapy

Cookery books swamp us with recipes, most of which we never cook. We've created a new tool - Food as Therapy - which starts from the opposite pole. How we feel on a particular evening, and what we set about cooking in response...
Posted by The School of Life
04
Jul
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How we end up marrying the wrong people

Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. Unhappiness is a constant. Nevertheless, one encounters some couples of such primal, grinding mismatch, such deep-seated incompatibility,...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
03
Jul
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Why you are so annoyed by what you once admired

One of the things that makes us fall in love with people is realising they can do something we can't. We get attracted to people who seem capable and at ease with parts of life in which we struggle. Perhaps they are very...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
01
Jul
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Why might one still bother with marriage?

It’s tempting to think of marriage as old fashioned. Why not just live with someone and be done with it? What need for a public ceremony? Why the weird traditions that people normally keep away from: all those churches, temples, hymns, vows and prayers?...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
30
Jun
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If it wasn't for you…

There are many nice things we want, but are somehow a little scared of getting, because they are bound up with risks and subtle inner complications we don't quite have a handle on: we may - at some deep level - be scared...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
29
Jun
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Why the fear of rejection never goes away – even when you are in a committed relationship

There are sweet moments – early on in relationships – when one person can’t quite work up the courage to let another know just how much they like them. They’d love to touch the other’s hand and find a place in their life;...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
25
Jun
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How love stories ruin our love lives

It sounds strange to ask what a novel might be for. We tend not to wonder too much what role made-up stories should have in our lives. Generally we suppose we just read them for entertainment. Yet that is to be unstrategic about a...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
20
Jun
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Why you’re (probably) not a great communicator

One of the ideals of modern relationships is that both parties will be ‘good communicators’. ‘Communication’ is held to lie at the heart of a thriving partnership. But what is ‘communication’? It isn’t - of course - merely talking. One wouldn’t count as a good...
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