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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.

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

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August 28, 2015

If you have played the game “Apples to Apples”, then you will be familiar with the type of associations suggested in today’s blog. A few weeks ago, we wrote about the ways in which the field of Comparative Literature and the educational style of Harrison Middleton University overlap. Today, we add to that a list of possible pairings – two different pieces of art that connect through an unlikely association.

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July 10, 2015

Comparative Literature is an intellectual field that requires a combination of research from more than one disparate fields. It is interesting to think about Comp Lit in relation to the Great Books. Mortimer Adler created the Great Ideas in hopes of having a searchable, navigable reference when looking at big issues that affect human civilization. Big ideas are, generally, generated by those facing a big problem. Therefore, solutions generally fit a specific issue at a specific time and involve a specific population.

 » Read more about: Comparisons, Intersections and Margins  »

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