Congratulations to Nina Tatomirovic who received the “Excellence in Epistemology” prize at the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held at the State University of New York in Oneonta.

Tatomirovic delivered a talk titled “Madness and Privacy: Philosophy Looks at Literary Psychiatry,” in which she combined the knowledge she gained as a double major in philosophy and Russian. Her paper explored the ideas of insanity and sanity, and reality using case studies from several Russian classical literary works by authors such as Fedor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy, but her main focus was on Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman.” It was through the study of Poprischin’s descent into madness that allowed Tatomirovic to build a strong argument for understanding insanity and sanity as being relative and subjective parts of reality.