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Iskra Fileva Ph.D.
Our situation is reminiscent of a Gothic story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which a prince hatches a plan for protecting himself and his friends from Red Death.
Sanity is not a trait we passively possess but an achievement. It takes work to stay sane. That's especially true when times are bad; and there is a hopeful message in this.
A lesson on medication management during the outbreak.
The peculiar power of our fear of death lies in its ability to prevail over every other instinct. That's not true of Aschenbach's fear, however...
The mind of an older person is a bit like a house full of junk. There are all sorts of traces of our past taking up space.
Some people are unable to give gracefully and abstain from reminding the person they've helped that he or she owes them.
What a Samuel Beckett play reveals about gossip and friendship.
The satirical newspaper "The Onion" once published a piece titled, “New Study Reveals Most Children Unrepentant Sociopaths.” Is there truth to the satire?
A student of mine once wrote that it was not her goal to be a virtuous person; what she wanted was to be successful.
Polymath Charles Babbage, after reading a poem by Tennyson, wrote to the author suggesting that the poem contained a mathematical inaccuracy that must be corrected.
In James’ 'The Portrait of a Lady,' the intelligent and noble Isabel Archer marries a conventional misogynist. It is clear to those who know her well that the man is a poor fit.
There is a complaint one often hears from teenagers: “No one understands me.” And there is its hopeful corollary, usually said to a love interest: “Only you understand me."
Iskra Fileva, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.