In a context of rising intolerance and irrationality, German Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht insisted on establishing a rational, scientific attitude between the story on the stage and its viewers, between fiction and reality.
In ancient Athens, taxes were not how the wealth of the rich was shared with the people. Instead, this was achieved by a voluntary alternative: liturgy.
Yahya ibn ‘Adi, once a significant teacher of Aristotelian philosophy, is a fine illustration of the inter-religious nature of philosophy in the Islamic world.
In 10th-century Baghdad, readers of Arabic had about the same degree of access to Aristotle that readers of English do today.
This week’s column is an attempt to find uplifting life advice on how to constructively contribute to the world amidst personal and political confusion.
The Heraean Games, held in the Olympic stadium, were instituted as the first athletic competition for women and helped undercut the gendered segregation of Greek society.
The lesson of the last century, a lesson obtained through the ashes of millions of lives lost, was to not let the light of free thought be snuffed out ever again in the name of anything, be it race, nation, territory, language, religion.