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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.


May 3, 2024

Thanks to John M. Wiley, a 2024 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s book review.

We often hear about whether someone is “left-brained” or “right-brained” to distinguish between one’s predisposition to either logical thinking or creativity. Perhaps many (if not most) people tend to favor one side, but the case of Isaac Watts shows a man who excelled in both sides of his brain. Watts was most often known for his work as the “father of English hymnody,” showing his brilliance as a wordsmith with hymns such as “Alas!

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: Logic by Isaac Watts  »

May 26, 2023

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

Last week’s blog (https://hmu.edu/2023-5-19-reading-rabelais-part-i/) used Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel as the foundation to connect with contemporary works. Today’s blog continues in the same vein, connecting the old with the new. As I said before, however, Rabelais is not easy reading. The language feels foreign, even after translation. He prefers large, often obscure words, and includes anatomical puns whenever possible.

 » Read more about: Reading Rabelais, Part II  »

January 13, 2023

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

Readers of Euripides might suspect that he disliked gods and heroes. For example, The Bacchae makes Dionysus appear like a megalomaniac. Hippolytus presents Aphrodite as a ruthless gamer. And in Heracles, the great hero returns from war only to brutally murder his family. Even many of Euripides’ contemporaries disliked his violence,

 » Read more about: The Cyclops by Euripides  »

July 29, 2022

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

As I understand it, more than two hundred and fifty translations of the Tao te Ching exist. Looking for a chance to study language, poetry, and translation, I decided to compare a handful of versions of the Tao. Though there are a number of pre-existing published comparisons, I simply found some online versions. I selected some scholarly ones,

 » Read more about: Translations of the Tao  »

July 22, 2022

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

Last week, we discussed C.S. Lewis’s “Meditation in a Toolshed” and the beginning of St. Anselm of Canterbury’s Proslogium. Though different in both tone and purpose, these pieces fit very well together in discussion. Proslogium begins with an explanation of its title, which translates to “A Discourse.” Since both pieces foreground the idea of meditation and discourse,

 » Read more about: Quarterly Discussion Questions  »

July 15, 2022

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

In studying up on St. Anselm of Canterbury for the July Quarterly Discussion, I keep thinking of the song “Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons. The song repeats the idea that the heart cries out to be pure, to be what it was “made to be.” In concert with this, St.

 » Read more about: Sigh No More  »

March 4, 2022

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

Literature is full of blind prophets. Today’s blog opens the door to better understanding this often-used literary device.

Characters who display temporary or permanent blindness represent a number of possibilities in literature. They might be able to see more than the average person, as in the case of Tiresias. For others, however, blindness parallels a character’s ignorance or stubbornness as in the case of Saul in Acts.

 » Read more about: Blind Prophets  »

November 19, 2021

Thanks to A. Calhoun, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism is the work of a great reconciler. These figures appear when some new body of knowledge, when some great insight or edifice of thought must be reconciled with the Christian Tradition. St. Thomas Aquinas is the most obvious example of such a figure, reconciling the insights of Aristotle,

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: Meditations on the Tarot  »

August 13, 2021

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

“Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth. But it [growth] has always been necessary, and more than ever now, it is. Otherwise we won’t make it. We won’t survive. That’s what the witchery is counting on: that we will cling to the ceremonies the way they were, and then their power will triumph, and the people will be no more.” –

 » Read more about: The Bacchae  »

October 9, 2020

Thanks to Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Ancient philosophies and concepts in humanities, especially regarding ethical values and moral principles, have served as a primitive herald and landmark on which many ethics in the field are built upon. Justice, fairness, integrity, honesty, individual freedom and liberty, civic rights and universal suffrage, are some of the ethical values. The ancient philosophers have similar,

 » Read more about: Juxtapositions of Ethics and Morality by Ancient Philosophers and Their Implications for the Humanities Field  »

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