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Truth, Socratic Dialogue, Internet Threads, and Giambattista Vico

Giambattista Vico was, from 1699-1741, a professor of rhetoric at the University of Naples, and I love the open way that he ended his speech, “On the Study Methods of Our Time” (1709). It represents well the spirit of Italian humanism that … Continue reading

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Should community college professors watch what they say?

If community college professors are any indication, United States citizens, who normally pride themselves on their freedom of speech, are not quite as free to speak their minds as they might like to believe. Academe Online says community college professors are … Continue reading

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President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan Speech (December 1, 2009)

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To Boldly Split Infinitives Where No One Has Split Them Before?

Salon today reviews Jack Lynch’s new book, The Lexicographer’s Dilemma (2009), an evolutionary history of proper grammar. So is Lynch, in writing his history, sympathetic to the describers (the camp of linguists) or the prescribers (the camp of traditional grammarians)? Should we, … Continue reading

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Yes He Can

No, he will not yield the mic, nor will he sit down, until he has spoken his peace: President Obama, in pushing his own agenda, could learn a thing or two from this defiant and courageous Iranian. Know hope. Here and there.

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Offended?

Tough. I like this quote of Nietzsche’s as a response to those who would feign to protect sensibilities or feelings by censoring speech: Life is hard to bear, but do not affect to be so delicate. Source: Quotation at the beginning … Continue reading

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No Matter What You Do, Cosmo, You’re Still Going to Die: Gilgamesh as a Superman, But Not Quite a God

Two-thirds they made him god and one third man, is how the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh Epic describes Gilgamesh in its prologue. Like its sister texts, the Mesopotamian creation myth the Enuma Elish, in which the gods also fashion human beings after their image, … Continue reading

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Literature Major or Prophet to the One True God?: Gilgamesh, Akhenaten, Moses, and Mohammad

The Epic of Gilgamesh opens with this sentence: I will proclaim to the world the deeds of Gilgamesh. I hear in this opening an evangelical purpose, as when the gospel of Mark begins with, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus … Continue reading

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