Moral Relativism and Objectivism

Creative Commons By Dr. James Fieser / 04.01.2011 Professor of Philosophy University of Tennessee at Martin INTRODUCTION In the early twentieth century, journalist Robert L. Ripley traveled around the world gathering stories of strange rituals, which he published in his popular newspaper column “Believe It or Not.” One man sat and stared at the sun for fifteen[…]

Achilles and the Poetics of Lament

Dying Achilles (Achilleas thniskon) in the gardens of the Achilleion / Photo by Dr.K., Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of akhos and penthos There are two key words for this hour, akhos and penthos, and the meaning of both words is ‘grief, sorrow; public[…]

Terracotta Fragments from the Lapita People

Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) By Dr. Jane Horan / 01.01.2017 Expert in Cross-Cultural Leadership The Horan Group Archaeologists get very excited when they find pieces of Lapita pottery. Why? Because the sequential depositing of[…]

Architecture and Symbolism in Buddhist Monasteries

Standing Male Worshipper (votive figure), c. 2900-2600 B.C.E., Eshnunna (modern Tell Asmar, Iraq), gypsum alabaster, shell, black limestone, bitumen, 11 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8″ / 29.5 x 10 cm, Sumerian (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) By Dr. Karen Shelby / 08.09.2015 Assistant Professor of Art History Baruch College, The City University of[…]