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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.


November 12, 2021

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

Narrative is a tricky word. Originally, I thought that perhaps we had overloaded the term recently, but even the original Latin term carried a number of connotations. Wheelock’s Latin defines narro as “to tell, report, narrate (narration, narrative, narrator).” This makes me wonder how “tell” is different from “report.” Narrate is a retelling of a story, but with specific requirements stemming from the way we report a story.

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September 27, 2019

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

If you have been to a personal trainer or regularly attend the gym, you understand the importance of the core. All of our limbs extend from a core whose strength allows us to be upright, graceful, and strong. In other words, core fitness is essential for the body’s freedom of movement. While there has always been a focus on core strength,

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September 21, 2018

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

According to Merriam-Webster, a weed is either A) a plant that is not valued where it is growing, or B) an obnoxious growth, thing or person. In better understanding how we use the term “weed” and what it signifies, I want to demonstrate how categories perform in speech. (FYI, while I will not be discussing marijuana in this post,

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July 22, 2016

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

In “Meno”, Socrates and Meno attempt to define virtue. Here is Meno’s first attempt: “Let us take the first virtue of a man – he should know how to administer the state, and in the administration of it to benefit his friends and harm his enemies and he must also be careful not to suffer harm himself. A woman’s virtue,

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February 26, 2016

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

Defining poetry is next to impossible, and I have been studying it for as long as I can remember. Its power thrills me. The fact that poetry escapes definition really seems appropriate to me. In an effort to wrangle with some of the ideas of poetry, I have composed a sort of poem out of fragments of my own words in combination with other authors who I greatly admire.

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February 12, 2016

Love is an incredibly complicated idea. It is ubiquitous…in the universe, in literature, in our lives. Everyone experiences love, all ages and in all forms. We can talk about familial love, the love of brothers and sisters, our love of entertainment, platonic love, love that holds a marriage together, the love of a child, love of self, etc. The list is enormous. So, what do we celebrate, when we think of St.

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