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The Academy for Polymathic Study guides its enquiries through four flexible pathways or Quadrants: (1) critical and integrative thinking; (2) study of the polymaths; (3) the tapestry of knowledge; and (4) communication. In order to explicate these Quadrants more fully, Edwin McCann, professor of philosophy and English, will conduct four conversational workshops over the fall and spring terms from a philosophical, historical, and practical point of view. Attendance at these two sessions covering all four quadrants is required for Academy certification.
To cultivate is, in both its broadest and precise meanings, a foundational principle of polymathic practice. It’s most common definition is to prepare the soil for planting; to grow. Other meanings include: to refine; to encourage; to seek the society of; to improve or develop by careful attention, training, and study; to devote time or thought to. To cultivate, in other words, is what we do here at the Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Cultivation is at once beautifully allegoric and pragmatically literal in understanding polymathy and thus we are devoting the fall 2017 sem