By: Teis Jayaswal The concept of ‘empathy’ is still relatively new to the English language, having been coined only 111 years ago in 1909 by the psychologist Edward Titchener. The term comes from the translation of “Einfühlung” in German, which roughly means ‘feeling into’. Closely related to empathy is sympathy, which in German often translates […]

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

For any happy couple in the audience, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might fail to offer truths relevant to their relationship. Instead, the romantic tragicomedy presents an island of depressed, anxious, and bipolar misfits trapped in an elaborate circular plot, destined to the eternal recurrence of their dysfunctional relationships. The film as such may be painful to watch, though I’d like to argue […]

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Ion: Rhapsody and Knowledge

In the Ion, Socrates’s interlocutor is Ion, a decorated rhapsode of Homer’s poetry, a performer and interpreter of Homer’s works. Socrates greets him by saying how he envies the craft of rhapsody: not only does Ion dress beautifully, and recite Homer’s verse beautifully, but he can also “speak beautifully” about Homer’s thoughts. It is this […]

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