Perspectivalism Without Relativism

This post originally appeared on Public Seminar. Republished with their kind permission.  Earlier this month, Susan Henking, President of Shimer College (my alma mater), wrote for Public Seminar what she called “my educated hope for Shimer and for liberal education,” a hope “rooted in a criticism of the ways we have been commodified, [forced to] meet

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Question of the Week: “What can the Greeks learn from the Iliad in order to solve the current financial crisis in Greece?”Answer by David Hayes

Die Bärliner blog launches today a series where Bard College Berlin faculty offer their perspective on much-debated contemporary issues or current hot topics. If you’d like to ask one of our faculty member a question in this category, please send it to blog@berlin.bard.edu.   The Iliad is a tragedy. Since tragedies show that terrible suffering is

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Let’s Play a Love Game

On the 23rd February, the AY and BA1’s regular Thursday seminar session was replaced with a plenary session on modern music and love, which was held in the lecture hall and coordinated by seminar leaders Brendan Boyle and David Hayes. After we had spent the previous sessions on the Song of Songs and old Hispano-Arabic

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The Core of Love

Along with the new term came a new core course for AY and BA1 students. Forms of Love: Eros, Agape, and Philia, coordinated by ECLA faculty member David Hayes, engages with various texts on love throughout the centuries, and makes up the core course that students have to take in Winter Term. Brendan Boyle from

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Poetry Night

Continuing the Berlin Weekend programme, on Friday night we gathered at ECLA faculty member David Hayes’ apartment to share our favourite poems both in translation and in the original. Sitting on chairs or on the floor, we let our poems flow in circles, immersing ourselves in the mysteries of language. The night was opened by

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