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Politics

The World: Not Gone Mad

Theresa May’s recent attack on the Human Rights Act was either an example of political cynicism or political stupidity. She may even have managed to find the exact space where the two converge. This space is a dangerous but necessary one for a politician to occupy. Communicative acts between politician and public are fragile and easily […]

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Saving Face

The Corruption of Honour

The American Novelist Douglas Preston believes that the strange case of Amanda Knox was ‘all about honour, reputation and the saving of face’ (Guardian, October 5th, 2011). Amanda Knox, along with Raffaele Sollecito, recently had her conviction for murdering Meredith Kercher overturned. She spent 4 years in an Italian jail for a crime she did […]

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Keeping Score

Keeping Score

One emotion that this site will return to again and again is resentment. A more complicated emotion that given credit for, the energy invested in resenting others is something to behold, a bottomless pit of anger, frustration and sense of injustice (resentiment is a topic for another day). Some of its emotional power stems from […]

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The Family

Absence as a presence that attacks

Caring about what other people think of you is seemingly there from the beginning. In an article entitled “The language of absence”, Hayuta Guverick describes a film on infant development, in which early signs of dependence between self and other are starkly illustrated:   “One scene in particular left a powerful impression on me. A […]

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Introducing…

In Sartre’s play No Exit, three people, Garcin, Inez and Estelle, have been sent to hell for various crimes. Their time in hell is spent mulling over their time on earth, and how they as people were being judged posthumously by those that knew them.  Even in death, they still cared about their reputation in […]