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December 4, 2015

Thanks to James Keller, HMU Graduate Student, for today’s blog post.

Life in this world provides one with many opportunities for pleasure if one will seek them out. One such pleasure is interpretive discussion over a meaningful work of literature. Four times a year, Harrison Middleton University hosts such a discussion, and I have found them to be quite pleasurable. Last October, I participated in a discussion of Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals” which was both stimulating and enriching,

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October 16, 2015

October’s Quarterly discussion focused on Michel de Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals” and Sir James George Frazer’s chapter on “Magic and Religion” from The Golden Bough. As always, we had great comments and curiosity from all participants. Both pieces discuss cultures and belief systems far-removed from the authors. Written in very different styles, both portray elements of primitive societies that they feel might enlighten contemporary society. Montaigne’s essay lends itself to a freer flow,

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