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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.


July 29, 2016

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

“We know truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.”

Blaise Pascal, Pensee #282

As usual, the participants in Harrison Middleton University’s July Quarterly Discussion were well-prepared and excellently informed. For this discussion, we focused on a selection of Blaise Pascal’s Pensées. The topics ranged from construction of self to understanding infinity and contemplation of divinity.

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March 25, 2016

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

Blaise Pascal composed his “Memorial” during a transcendent experience, a ‘night of fire’. I find this a fitting poem for discussion considering all of the religious holidays that fall during this time of year. I also recently attended a community seminar about Pascal, and as usual, was extremely pleased with the depth of discussion. From this discussion, I add my own thoughts here regarding Pascal’s “Memorial” (both the original and the English translation can be found here).

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