Besides the good politicians who have worked in favor of humanity, history has also been shaped by malicious political actors. These leaders have often created their own ideologies to justify the logic of their policies. These leaders are often labeled as sick. David Owen, professor of social and political philosophy at the University of Southampton, was particulary interested in the following topic: how is illness (mainly mental illness) connected to the positions that confer authority and power? What is the nature of this relationship? Owen's book offers some interesting research into this; it is called In Sickness and in Power: Illness in Heads of Government during the Last 100 Years.

There are a lot of critical moments in everyone's life to which we commit long and diligent preparations. We have a dread of doing something wrong but, as ill luck would have it, everything goes haywire. We begin to stutter while giving a speech, or we suddenly forget everything we've learned right in the middle of the exam. It seems like it's game over. What exactly happens to us at this moment? It is just that events like these are high-stress. However, it's possible to learn how to settle your nerves before encountering these moments, and to bring back your A-game. This is the topic of the book called Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To by Sian Beilock, the world's leading expert in the field of research into the brain's reaction in stressful situations. Herein we'll cite some of her recommendations.

Utopia: a promised land, a happy country where all possible relationships - between its citizens, within its economy, between the state's constitution and everyday life, exist in harmony and serve everyone's well-being.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was one of the greatest geniuses of literature. As a novelist and a literary psychologist, he has influenced many writers, especially the ones writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dostoyevsky’s novels represent the literary peak of what we call psychological realism, with his characters fully portrayed in the sense of physical appearance, biographical data, the societies that they were a part of and, of course – their psychological profile. His best known masterpiece, Crime and Punishment, was published 150 years ago.

This past Tuesday (the 5th of January) was the birthday of a significant Italian writer, semiotician, linguist, philosopher, essayist, and literary critic. His name is Umberto Eco, and he is considered to be one of the greatest intellectuals of our time. Eco's works have left a permanent mark in the canon of world literature. We have prepared an overview of his various works, so you can choose your future readings based on your preferences. Without any exaggeration, however, we can say that all of them are definitely worth your time as unique works of art.

Christmas is in many parts of the world, the time to remember the story of baby Jesus. We would like to bring you another story. This is the story of Elzéard Bouffier who was a vulnerable but a big hearted human being. He was worthy of admiration and nothing can change the view that his character was only fictional. The essence of the story gives a perfect recipe for a happy life and peace of mind. That is what matters most.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Trilogy was written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and it consists of 'The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game, Prisoner of Heaven, and one additional short story called Rose of Fire that rounds out the story and shows us how the cemetary was created. His most famous novels are The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. These books earned him prizes such as the Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2005, Best Foreign Book in France in 2004, and Silver Premio Euzkadi in 2008.

Due to online publishing and the rise of “kindle culture”, printed book sales have suffered several setbacks. Art books represent an especially endangered species, since all sorts of information about art, including the art itself, seem to be instantly accessible online. However, for Karolína Truhlářová art books will always be worth printing.

The Renaissance was one of the most magnificent chapters in human history. It gave birth to and nurtured many sciences, and brought to us some pretty extraordinary art; it brought forward many intellects of genius and was unique in the sense of altering the perception of the human being.

There is this misconception about what philosophy is, and could be. When we hear that someone is a philosopher, the first things that come to our minds are probably – snobbery and incomprehensibility, but these are all prejudices. Friedrich Nietzsche is a great example of that.


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