Category Archives: Literature

Graphing The History of Ideas

Some people do really nice work sometime. Got these graphs from here and here. Visit the aforementioned pages for details and closeups, and click the following images to download larger views.

Influential Thinkers

Influential Thinkers

A History of Philosophy

A History of Philosophy

Also take a look at The History of Western Philosophy.

The Art of Living – Stanford Humanities

“In The Art of Living, a first-year Introduction to the Humanities course, three humanities professors examine great works of philosophy and literature to explore what it might take to lead a well-lived life.” — Stanford Humanities

1. Introduction to The Art of Living
2. Visions of Love
3. It is Not Hard at All to Challenge Socrates
4. A Life of Reason? Socrates vs. Alcibiades
5. Your Worm is the Only Emperor for Diet
6. Hamlet: Knight of Resignation
7. For Hecuba! What’s Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba that he should weep for her?…The play’s the thing.
8. Roundtable Discussion: Shakespeare
9. Abraham is the Knight of Faith: Faith versus Love, Morals, and Reason Itself
10. Was it So Easy a Matter Not to be Mistaken?
11. Abraham is the Knight of Faith: On Roles of Reason and Faith
12. What One Should Learn from Artists
13. Recurrence and Redemption or Why Science is Just as Necessary as Art
14. Morality Strikes Back
15. The Narrative Construction of the Self
16. The Flight of Self
17. It’s not about you living longer. It’s about how you live and why.

Frances Pritchett: How to Read Ghalib

Frances Pritchett is Professor of Modern Indic Languages in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. She teaches courses on Indian civilization, Urdu literature and Islam in South Asia. Pritchett’s publications include Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics, The Romance Tradition in Urdu: The Dastan of Amir Hamzah, Urdu Meter: A Practical Handbook, and Urdu Literature: A Bibliography of English Language Sources.

See Pritchett’s incomparable work on Ghalib: A Desertful of Roses: the Urdu Ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

Character

Section from a Quran Manuscript, 18th century Morocco or Tunisia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. | via metmuseum.org | Click image for larger view.

“it is as difficult to present a fixed image of a character as of societies and passions. For a character alters no less than they do, and if one tries to take a snapshot of what is relatively immutable in it, one finds it presenting a succession of different aspects … to the disconcerted lens” (Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: The Captive, 373).