An Introduction to the Origins and History of Philosophy

Busts of Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, Epikouros / Photo by Matt Neale, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Philip A. Pecorino / 08.22.2015 Professor Philosophy Queensborough Community College, City University of New York Philosophy and Wonder Aristotle thought that Philosophy begins in wonder.  Wonder is some thing children do quite well.  It comes natural to them.  Unfortunately as a lot of us grow older we[…]

Achilles as Lyric Hero in the Songs of Sappho and Pindar

Achilles sacrificing to Zeus for Patroclus’ safe return, from the Ambrosian Iliad, a 5th-century illuminated manuscript. / 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 aphthito- The key word here is aphthito- in the sense of ‘imperishable’. And, by the time we reach the end,[…]

The Forgotten Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Pencil drawing of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm from 1843 / Historisches Museum in Hanau, Wikimedia Commons Exploring the importance of this neglected first edition and what it tells us about the motives and passions of the two folklorist brothers. By Dr. Jack Zipes / 12.20.2012 Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature University of Minnesota[…]

H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Is Science Humanity’s Best Hope?

‘Man Combating Ignorance’ – what’s science’s role? Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, CC BY-NC-ND By Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD / 12.21.2017 Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy Indiana University In the midst of contemporary science’s stunning discoveries and innovations – for example, 2017 alone brought the editing of[…]

Why a Grateful Brain is a Giving One

By Dr. Christina Karns / 12.19.2017 Associate Researcher Brain Development Lab University of Oregon When you think about gratitude and its place in our culture, you might not immediately think about morality—that is, matters of right and wrong. Often, we make gratitude sound like it’s all about you. In the domain of self-help, we hear that gratitude[…]