What is Philosophy?

Busts of Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, Epikouros / Photo by Matt Neale, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Peter O’Hara / 05.29.1997 Psychiatrist Introduction Philosophy has two main meanings, of an attitude to life, and of a type of knowledge. This lecture is concerned largely with the second meaning, that is, a type of knowledge. However the attitude or[…]

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Sin: The Devilish Ape of Medieval Manuscripts

Apes (detail) in the Northumberland Bestiary, about 1250–60, unknown illuminator, made in England. Pen-and-ink drawing tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment, 8 1/4 × 6 3/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 100, fol. 15v. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program Portrayals of primates’ transgressions in the medieval bestiary[…]

The Monstrous Ant of the Medieval Bestiary

Ants in the Northumberland Bestiary, about 1250–60, unknown illuminator, made in England. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 100, fol. 23. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program Ants came in two forms in medieval bestiaries: small and industrious, or dog-sized and ferocious. By Dr. Larisa Grollemond / 05.07.2018 Assistant Curator, Manuscripts Department J.[…]

Music Fundamentals and Appreciation: Anyone Can Grasp the Basics

     By (left-to-right) Dr. N. Alan Clark, Dr. Thomas Heflin, and Dr. Elizabeth Kramer Clark: Director of Bands, Middle Georgia State University Heflin: Assistant Professor of Jazz, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Kramer: Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music History, University of West Georgia What Is Music? Music moves through time; it is not static.[…]

Understanding, Defining, and Appreciating Art and Its History

Detail of The Effects of Good Government, a fresco in the City Hall of Siena by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1338. / By Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.07.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction: Why Does It Matter? As a thought experiment, imagine what a society without art would be like? How would buildings look? Could any kind of visual[…]