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Classical Philosophy

The Pedagogy of Confucius

July 5, 2017

Almost everyone is familiar with the name Confucius, but not as many are familiar with the impact his philosophy has made on the world at large. Confucius’s concepts of how life should be experienced, the dynamics between citizen and government, the structure of family, and his views on how to operate in an increasingly turbulent society remain relevant hundreds of years after his death. They formed the philosophical backbone of East Asian civilization as well as influencing the Western world in innumerable ways […]

The Torch Allen Guelzo
American History

America’s Founding Fathers: The Torch Podcast

June 10, 2017

The story of America’s founding—great men who debated, argued, persuaded, and negotiated their way to the U.S. Constitution—is as dramatic and instructive as any in the nation’s history. And there is no better way to tell the story of the Founding Fathers than by pairing an eminent U.S. historian with the very institution that is most synonymous with American history, the Smithsonian. […]

This Week in History

This Week In History: April 30 – May 6

April 30, 2017

This week in history: The world loses a Renaissance Man, the United States incorporates the capitol city, and Marx is born. Read more below and dive deeper with The Great Courses Plus. […]

Man sitting at the dock in twilight, thinking about the meaning of life. Lake, headland with church and hills in the background
Philosophy

The Meaning of “The Meaning of Life”

April 22, 2017

When asking the question “What is the meaning of life?”, you may want take a step back, reflect and begin by asking, “What is meant by the phrase ‘the meaning of life’”? […]

American History

An Icon of History: Thomas Jefferson’s Bible

April 13, 2017

Jefferson’s bible is an amazing artifact. It provides insight into Jefferson’s views and his handiwork, an amazing illustration of how this founding father himself practiced the freedom of religion so avidly sought for all Americans. […]

Learning Paths

Make Your Own Course: Women’s History

April 3, 2017

In honor of Women’s history month, we’ve compiled our favorite lectures on famous and influential women through history. Add these to your watchlist and binge-learn! […]

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Christianity

The Historic Importance of Saint Paul

March 16, 2017

Saint Paul’s role in the development and spread of Christianity helped define it as a major world religion, instead of a sect within Judaism. Surprisingly, his writings rarely mention Jesus’ teachings at all… […]

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