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2,000+ Impressionist, Post-impressionist & Early Modern Paintings Now Free Online, Thanks to the Barnes Foundation

Georges Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Giorgio de Chirico, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh — all of us associate these names with great innovations in …

How Seinfeld, the Sitcom Famously “About Nothing,” Is Like Gustave Flaubert’s Novels About Nothing

"A show about nothing": people have described <i>Seinfeld</i> that way for decades, but creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David didn't set out to create …

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Online Education

Radio Garden Lets You Instantly Tune into Radio Stations Across the Entire Globe

A pretty cool project.<p>Pick a place on the globe. Any place. Then tune in and hear what's playing on the radio in that location.<p>The service is called …

Resource: The Western Tradition

<b>1. The Dawn of History</b> <br>The origins of the human race are traced from anthropoid ancestors to the agricultural revolution.<p><b>2. The Ancient Egyptians</b> …

48 Animated Videos Explain the History of Ideas: From Aristotle to Sartre

This year we've been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? …

Free Online Philosophy Courses

1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Download 1,300 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device. Over 45,000 …

1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online

Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of …

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Here at Open Culture, we don't just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — …

Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy - Movie List

I’m not talking about movies that make you think deep crazy stuff. I’m not talking about some new “existential twist” on common topics. I’m talking …

Groundhog Day

Free Online Literature Courses

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Literature

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

Literature

135 Free Philosophy eBooks

<b>Boethius -</b> Consolation of Philosophy<p><b>Burke, Edmund</b> - On the Sublime and Beautiful<p><b>Camus, Albert</b> - The Stranger<p><b>Carroll, Lewis</b> - Symbolic Logic<p><b>Carroll,</b> …

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Self-Scrutiny Applied with Kindness: Epictetus’s Enduring Wisdom on Happiness and How Philosophy Helps Us Answer the Soul’s Cry

Marcus Aurelius’s <i>Meditations</i> remains one of humanity’s most significant and influential packets of thought on what it means to live a meaningful life. And yet Aurelius’s ideas were profoundly shaped, if not heavily borrowed, from those of his most formative mentor, the great Stoic philosopher</b> …

New course brings 'The Art of Living' to Stanford and to the airwaves

<i>Philosophy Talk</i> and Stanford Continuing Studies team up to create a unique course that combines philosophical wisdom with a radio broadcast …

The Harvard Classics: A Free, Digital Collection

During his days as Harvard's influential president, Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading …

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004: Browse

30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web

We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now …

265 Free Documentaries Online

The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions

What is a liberal education? And how can it help you live a more authentic and purposeful life? They are timely and timeless questions that get …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

Manners today are often seen as a quaint subject that belongs in Lord Chesterfield’s outlandish advice on the art of pleasing or <i>Esquire</i>‘s dated guide to dating. But in a culture where we regularly do online what we’d never do in person and behave offline in ways our grandparents wouldn’t have dared …

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life

Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement. The words or lines or colors don’t want to come, or worse, we don’t even want to sit down to create. That’s when we turn to these inspiring manifestos, any one of which is guaranteed to give our uncooperative creativity a sharp kick in the …

John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

<i>“What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?,”</i> wondered Stephen Hawking in <i>A Brief History of Time</i>. <i>“Why does the universe go through all the bother of existing?”</i><p>This inquiry has long occupied scientists, philosophers, and deep thinkers alike, …

The Wisdom of the Heart: Henry Miller on the Art of Living

<b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) — voracious reader, masterful letter-writer, champion of combinatorial creativity, one disciplined writer — spent a good portion of his career freelancing for various literary periodicals. In April of 1939, <i>Modern Mystic</i> magazine commissioned him to …