Ancient Buddha statue in the Sukhothai period At Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Sukhothai, Thailand
Historical Approaches

The Origins and Rise of Buddhism

March 10, 2017

Where, and when did Buddhism begin? How did it become so popular, capturing the hearts and minds of millions of faithful followers around the globe? Delve into the life of Siddhartha Gautama and the tenets of his philosophy, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path to enlightenment. Then find out how these ideas developed and spread world-wide. […]

British Literature

H. G. Wells and the Quest for Utopia

March 9, 2017

Many of H. G. Wells’ science fiction stories contain fantastical utopian overtones. What was the historical impact of including these utopian settings within the context of his writings? And, relatedly, is there a way to see utopia as being inherently part of the science fiction project? […]

Ancient History

The Dramatic History of Islamic Medicine

March 7, 2017

Al-Razi was known as the father of Islamic medicine — in fact, many of his medical texts became classics that were still consulted in the Middle East and Europe hundreds of years after his death. Examine the life and work of al-Razi, and explore the development of hospitals across the Greater Middle East, and reviews the contributions of another great medical mind, Ibn Sina. […]

Classical Philosophy

Socrates, Alcibiades, and Ambition

March 4, 2017

By Robert C. Bartlett, PhD, Boston College To begin to understand Socrates, it is best to consider how Plato presents Socrates as a teacher. The most […]

European History

Machiavelli: Cruelty Well Used

February 21, 2017

By William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo One of the questions we might ask Machiavelli is how important is glory as […]

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