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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.


August 18, 2023

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Harrison Middleton University hosts regularly scheduled discussions for the public as well as students. Open to anyone interested in intellectual discussion, short, easily digestible readings are provided electronically. If you’re interested in more information, reach me at as****@hm*.edu.

Our most recent Quarterly Discussion focused on Thomas Nagel’s article “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” and the first section of David Hume’s Treatise on Human Nature.

 » Read more about: Nagel and Hume on Consciousness  »

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 pleasure. He also notes that money involves both pleasure and power,

 » Read more about: On Misers  »

December 2, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I used to whiz right past any additional sections of a book. Focused only on main content, I often skipped the introduction or preface, background material, acknowledgments or footnotes. In other words, I used to skip a lot of text. I chalk this up to being a lazy student, but just in terms of cost effectiveness alone, clearly I wasn’t getting my money’s worth.

 » Read more about: Acknowledgments  »

May 1, 2020

Thanks to Minette Bryant, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

If it took me all of twelve days to complete Janice Hadlow’s new novel, it is only because my family and work obligations wouldn’t allow me to simply stay in bed until I’d read it all. I preordered this book as soon as I became aware of it, and the minute it was released on March 30,

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: The Other Bennet Sister  »

September 7, 2018

Thanks to Ben Peterson, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Once upon two years ago, I met a gentleman who was raised selling illegal whiskey in the dry counties of Arkansas. I asked this man umpteen thousand questions, and he seemed genuinely pleased to answer them for his umpteen-thousandth audience. His recollections—of shootouts and stings and hideaway stills—were electrifying. As an adult,

 » Read more about: I Speak Because I Can’t  »

August 31, 2018

Thanks to George Hickman, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

For most of us, we experience the role of an audience member far more often than we experience the role of an artist. On our daily commutes, our mood is at the whim of the radio or our playlist on shuffle. We leave the movie theater buzzing with conversation about the actors,

 » Read more about: The Audience as the Artist: LARP’s Place in Media  »

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