Max Thistlethwaite

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Why the pressure to be happy is driving people mad

Days after I met Adam Phillips, the writer and psychotherapist, I began to think about the configuration of seating in his room. As you enter, there is a sofa to your left, and on the other side of the room, further away, is a single leather armchair. Does anyone choose the chair, I wondered? It …

Literature

PSYCHOTHERAPY - Sigmund Freud

Neo-Marxist philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek offers a hot take on Greek bailout negotiations

Glad you asked. Here's an excerpt of his latest post for the Potemkin Review:<p>The ongoing EU pressure on Greece to implement austerity measures fits perfectly what psychoanalysis calls the superego. The superego is not an ethical agency proper, but a sadistic agent, which bombards the subject with …

Our dangerous new McCarthyism: Russia, Noam Chomsky and what the media’s not telling you about the new Cold War

Perverse, diabolical obsession: Policy cliques in D.C. have no intention of desisting in this war until they win it<p>It is time to attempt that hardest of things—to see ourselves for who we are, to see what it is we are doing and what is being done to us.<p>Two things prompt the thought. We have the …

Philosophy You Can Use: The Ancient, Practical Wisdom in Stoic Thinking

When most people think of "philosophy," their eyes glaze over. It's the last thing they want, let alone something they need.<p>But this, as you already know, is silly and naive.<p>Philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women …

Philosophy and Feminism

Defending a critique of the politicization of academic philosophy<p>In my July 5 National Review Online column, “The Gender Academy,” I argued that …

Philosophy

Want An Unconquerable Mind? Try Stoic Philosophy

Members of a brainy movement across the pond are reviving ancient stoic thought and coupling it with modern psychology to strengthen mental resilience. Their ideas hold fascinating promise for business and government leaders tackling global problems in a turbulent, post-recession slump.<p>This week, …

When Scientists Confront Philosophy

“Philosophers tend to ask questions that scientists either don’t think are terribly interesting, or don’t think can be answered,” says Australian philosopher and history of science blogger John Wilkins.<p>“And as a result, a lot of scientists think that philosophy is a waste of time.” One case in …

A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics

Rodin believed that his art was about removing the stone not part of the sculpture to reveal the essence of his artistic vision. Perhaps this is what Catalan-born, London-based graphic designer Genis Carreras implicitly intended in chiseling away the proverbial philosopher’s stone to sculpt its …