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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.


January 24, 2020

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

How do metaphors reveal a hidden truth? Question 1, Article 8 of Aquinas’s Summa Theologica investigates whether or not Sacred Doctrine is a matter of argument. One common answer, as Aquinas notes, would be to say that they are articles of faith. However, Aquinas answers that, though arguments are generated from “articles of faith, but from them it goes on to prove something else,

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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 20, 2018

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

In Democracy in America, Tocqueville warns that abstract language is like “a box with a false bottom; you may put in what ideas you please and take them out again unobserved” (258). Since I often study poetry and think about how metaphor affects us on every level, from personal and familial to political and global, I wanted to unpack this idea of Tocqueville’s.

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June 19, 2015

Whether or not we realize it, metaphor pervades all speech. Look no further than ‘head of lettuce’ or ‘ear of corn’ to find a common example. Expressions like these often make learning a new language fun and challenging. Today’s blog ventures into figurative language from the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy as seen through the lens of Augustine. It may seem a bit irreverent to apply Augustine to this film,

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