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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.


March 24, 2023 Thanks to Eden Tesfaslassie, HMU 2022 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. In Black Swan, the film utilizes the ballet performance Swan Lake, based on a fairytale, as a frame. The film uses other elements of the fairy tale genre, as evidenced by the character archetypes. The viewer can see characteristics of …

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May 15, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Recently, I found myself struggling with the question: How might Chaucer or Dante’s works demonstrate the way that “language is myth,” as Claude Lévi-Strauss asserts in Structural Anthropology (vol 58: 475)? First I began to examine what Lévi-Strauss means by language. He separates …

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October 6, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Myth is what happens to a strong belief once the belief has changed. In other words, what was once firm belief, turns into cultural story and entertainment. They become important narratives, but not necessarily belief systems. For example, we know who Zeus is, …

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September 8, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. According to Merriam-Webster, a clue is: something that guides through an intricate procedure or maze of difficulties or a piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem Clue offers one example of how language changes and is, therefore, the …

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August 4, 2017 “As a student I wanted to stand up at the mic during Q and A to challenge the terms under which one applies the term myth not to mention legend but I did not because the line was long because the speaker was well-known well-respected in other words he was a legend …

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