The Shimer College in Oxford Study Abroad Program: the Great Conversation is also a Global One

The Shimer College in Oxford Study Abroad Program: the Great Conversation is also a Global One


It’s very easy to forget, but the classical world was never divided up into parts. There’s always been conversation going on between them. One of the many Buddhist sutras takes place in the court of King Menander, who was an Alexandrian king. Hi! My name is John Arnold. I am one of the students at Shimer’s Shimer in Oxford Program, and we are here in the quad of the Bodleian Library. This is where all books in England come to be born. There are…so many books here. I am having two tutorials: one in pre-colonial west African philosophy, and the other is on the history of Buddhism. In my West African tutorial, one of the things I read was that the Medieval scholastics were responding exactly to, not only Greek antiquity, but also later Arabic scholastic commentary on those things. So there’s always been dialogue, and globalization is hardly anything new. Even as the speed with which we move across the continents has been increased, the ideas have always been flowing back and fourth. And as I’m standing here at this very British, very old library, here we have this door dedicated not only Greek but also to Hebrew. And I really value the chance I had to study here and learn about all these different connections that have been made throughout the world since the beginning of literacy at least.

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