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We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.


April 14, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In the book Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events, Robert J. Shiller argues that viral historical events should be studied by economists. He defines narrative economics as the study of narratives which drive economic events. Humans rely upon …

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December 9, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. As we enter the season of Scrooge, I couldn’t resist a comparison of Molière’s The Miser with David Hume’s musings on wealth. In A Treatise of Human Nature, published in 1740, David Hume explains that wealth provides humans with a unique sort of …

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March 12, 2021 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. The Federal Artists’ Project was part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which started during the Depression. This program allowed artists, writers, musicians, and actors the ability to earn money at a time when jobs and money were scarce. Writers, for example, collected …

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January 22, 2021 Thanks to Turkay Gasimova, a 2020 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. In his book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell challenges traditional knowledge of the history of the Middle East, energy sources, and environmental politics. Mitchell who had previously written a remarkable book on the colonization …

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November 8, 2019 Thanks to Ned Boulberhane, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. At the 2018 Left Forum at John Jay College in New York City, the economist Michael Hudson made a bold claim. He proposed that when Adam Smith wrote of free markets in the his literary classic, The …

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