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Prevalence of self-harm reflects our social isolation

Since the late 1980s growing numbers of mental health professionals and media commentators in Britain and the USA have been concerned with a behaviour labelled as ‘self-harm’, ‘deliberate self-harm’ or ‘self-injury’. It is often seen as a secret or hidden practice, and it is almost always ‘on the rise’, especially among adolescent females. Most commonly it refers to self-cutting or …

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Tolerance

“Tolerance” never made it into Raymond Williams’ Keywords, a rare mistake: it should have been a tempting subject for his critical sensibility.[1] By the late-eighteenth century, the word often had come to substitute in English for the older “toleration,” meaning forbearance, patience, and indulgence of the opinions of others. Later, physiologists took up its connotation of the endurance …

Books

Etienne Balibar’s Identity and Difference

Identity and Difference:
John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness

By Etienne Balibar
Introduction by Stella Sanford
Translated by Warren Montag
Verso, 2013, 158 pp

Multi-layered, multi-dimensional, and in important respects multi-lingual, the English edition of Etienne Balibar’s groundbreaking Identity and Difference presents a layered approach to one of the most significant philosophical debates of our age.

John Locke’s Essay