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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.


May 12, 2023

Thanks to Ally Zlatar, a 2023 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Emil Cioran’s The Trouble with Being Born is a collection of philosophical essays that takes the reader on a journey into the darkest depths of human existence. The book is a masterpiece of alternative writing style, which is a refreshing break from the dry, academic tone that dominates much of contemporary philosophy.

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November 11, 2022

Thanks to 2022 HMU Fellow in Ideas David Kirichenko for today’s review.

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

There are defined patterns to how humans behave. Being social creatures, it is important to understand our own behaviors and motivations to grasp the reality of the world around us. In his book The Laws of Human Nature, Robert Greene attempts to weave together an appreciation of how humans operate through the lenses of history,

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January 14, 2022

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

Though I do not excel at problem solving, I always like to know that someone has a plan. I like the security of emergency plans in hotels, for example. In the outdoors, I have first-aid supplies for all sorts of possibilities. And I never leave home without water and gear to change a tire. So while recently reading Bill Gates’s book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Breakthroughs We Need,

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November 26, 2021

Thanks to Joseph Coulson, President of Harrison Middleton University, for today’s post.

J. Scott Lee’s Invention, The Art of Liberal Arts offers a wide-ranging discussion of liberal education past and present, along with well-reasoned conjectures about the future of liberal arts learning. The depth and breadth of the essays come as no surprise, given that Professor Lee holds a Ph.D. in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago,

 » Read more about: Artistry and Freedom: A Review of J. Scott Lee’s Invention, The Art of Liberal Arts  »

November 19, 2021

Thanks to A. Calhoun, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism is the work of a great reconciler. These figures appear when some new body of knowledge, when some great insight or edifice of thought must be reconciled with the Christian Tradition. St. Thomas Aquinas is the most obvious example of such a figure, reconciling the insights of Aristotle,

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May 14, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. (This article was originally published on Oh, The Humanities on April 29, 2021.)

Rebecca Mead’s book My Life in Middlemarch weaves a well-researched narrative that involves land, people, women, love, and story-telling, among other things. Mead incorporates her own journey to underscore the way that Middlemarch changes with every decade of life.

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May 7, 2021

The Deep by Rivers Solomon — Review by Rebecca Thacker

“Our mothers were pregnant African women/Thrown overboard while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on slave ships/We were born breathing water as we did in the womb/We built our home on the sea floor/Unaware of the two-legged surface dwellers/Until their world came to destroy ours.”

– Clipping, “The Deep”

The 2019 novella The Deep is a richly imagined,

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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 of Egypt, for some years spent time in the Middle East,

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August 21, 2020

Thanks to Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

The book Ways of Knowing: Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research by Moses and Knutsen (2019), exposes how epistemological knowledge are not really about methods but more about underlying philosophies and purposes of one’s research. It gives more clarity on the way the choice of a researcher’s “hows” affects the choice of his “whats” in research.

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May 8, 2020

Thanks to Dylan O’Hara, a 2020 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

In Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, Monica Perales writes a new history of borderland life, chronicling the lives and memories of Chicano El Pasoans working at and living near The American Smelting and Mining Company (ASARCO). In compiling an urban history of El Paso around ASARCO, Perales reveals new insights about the struggles,

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