HISTORY OF IDEAS – Romanticism

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Romanticism

Romanticism is one of the most important historical events of all time. Unlike a lot of what gets called history, romanticism isn’t a war or a piece of technology or a political event. It refers to the birth of a new set of ideas. It is about a mindset and a way of feeling. Romanticism […]

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Cultural differences (and how they can wreck your life)

Cultural differences (and how they can wreck your life)

Sometimes, a word-for-word translation quite simply isn’t enough. Cultural aspects come into play as well. For example, being British, I use euphemism and irony, whereas Germans are more direct. This means there is often a difference between what I say, what Germans think I mean, and what I actually do mean. It’s a little breezy […]

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Students Vs. Mexicans: Cultural Appropriation

Students Vs. Mexicans: Cultural Appropriation

Hola amigos this is Will Witt with Prager U today We’re at UCLA talking to college students and on Olvera Street talking to Hispanics in honor of Halloween and to see if my outfit is offensive (Laughter) Dang it Would you guys like to chat with us today That’s why you want to talk to […]

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Cultural Mining

Cultural Mining

Cultural mining describes the process by which the most valuable parts of culture by which we understand the arts, humanities and philosophy are recovered and made useful for our own times. In cultural mining the pratical sides of culture are carefully extracted, cleaned, blasted and remolded and then used to manufacture the mental tools that […]

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LITERATURE – Jane Austen

LITERATURE – Jane Austen

Jane Austen is loved mainly as a guide to fashionable life in the Regency period, but her own vision of her task was radically different. She was an ambitious and stern moralist. She was acutely conscience of human failings and wanted, through her novels, to make people less selfish and more reasonable. More dignified, and […]

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LITERATURE: Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was a great chech writer who has come to own a part of the human emotional spectrum, which we can now call the Kafkaesque and which thanks to him we are able better to recognize and to gain a measure of perspective over and relief from. Kafka’s world isn’t pleasant. It feels in […]

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LITERATURE – Ralph Waldo Emerson

LITERATURE – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the father of American literature. In a series of strikingly original essays, written in the mid-nineteenth century, he fundamentally changed the way that America saw its cultural and artistic possibilities, and he enabled a separation from transatlantic literary traditions. “We have listened too long…”, he wrote, “…to the Courtly muses of […]

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LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

The Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy was a believer in the novel not as a source of entertainment but as a tool for psychological education and reform. It was in his eyes, the supreme medium by which we can get to know others especially those who might from the outside seem unappealing and thereby expand our […]

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Johnson refuses to rule out Northern Ireland staying in EU customs union

Johnson refuses to rule out Northern Ireland staying in EU customs union

Well I can certainly tell you that under no circumstances will we see anything that damages the ability of the whole of the United Kingdom to take full advantage of– of Brexit. And I think that’s what people would expect. And that’s what I think we can achieve. But the best thing now really would […]

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LITERATURE – Goethe

LITERATURE – Goethe

People have always had trouble pronouncing his name; if you don’t speak German it’s not at all obvious how you’re supposed to say it. A safe bet is to start with a hard G on Ger- and end with a -ter: Ger-ter. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has often been seen as one of Europe’s big […]

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