Dialogue Between Fashion and Death

Dialogue Between Fashion and Death (1824) by Giacomo Leopardi, and translated by Charles Edwardes in 1857 The piece presents ‘Fashion’ as a fictional character in conversation with ‘Death’, that is, like Death, actively responsible for human suffering. Conceived by the Italian poet, essayist, and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837), it has since been adopted into the … Read more

Einstein-Freud correspondence on war

The text below is a slightly abridged version of a letter written by Albert Einstein to Sigmund Freud. Under the title Why War?, the letter and Freud’s reply to it were published in 1933 by the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation. They formed part of an international series of open letters, sponsored by the Institute, … Read more