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The Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014

The relationship between Russia and the Ukraine has been complex for many reasons over several decades (Korostelina, 2004). After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the tensions within this relationship were exacerbated by contrasting and contested identities between the Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists (Minescu, Hagendoorn and Poppe, 2008), both residing within Ukrainian borders. Nowhere… Continue reading The Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014

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The Underground Man and his struggle with post-enlightenment reason.

As a big fan of Russian literature (who isn't?), and Dostoevsky himself, I love reading and writing about the details of his work. Strangely, however, something that seemed fairly obvious to me, was lacking in research and academic discussion. The link between the Underground Man and the struggle with reason is either; a figment of… Continue reading The Underground Man and his struggle with post-enlightenment reason.

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How can public grief be false? Tweeting crocodile tears.

Philosophy of emotion is a fascinating area of the discipline. I had never heard of it, and only ever considered emotion from a psychological perspective (i.e. where various emotions occur in the brain – don’t ask… I’ve forgotten), before my university began running it as a module this academic year. I suppose, somewhat naïvely, I… Continue reading How can public grief be false? Tweeting crocodile tears.