One of the radical ideas which is much in evidence in the eighteenth century is naturalism – with its assumption that human beings are entirely natural entities. This stands in opposition to a traditional view which holds that humanity is somehow unique: that man is created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:1).
After four weeks in Edinburgh comes the chance to travel to Tanzania to continue your rapid progression in one of the most stunning and conducive environments possible. Students will travel together to Butiama, a tranquil and beautiful village close to Lake Victoria in north-west Tanzania. Butiama is the home village of the first president of independent Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door’ Milton Berle
Great way to build up your skills
Arranging an internship opportunity is a brilliant way of not only ‘building’ a door, but also ‘getting your foot in the door’ of a particular workplace or sector. From within – whilst you supply a service to the business – you will build up your skill set and perhaps make a network of contacts within the organisation.
Edinburgh prides itself on attracting the best students from all over the world.
According to official figures, over 9,000 international students from more than 130 countries study at the University currently - in other words, students representing around 65% of the world's countries, and many more local identities, study here. This number is set to grow each year, as Edinburgh is committed to invite students from diverse backgrounds as a way to revitalise the teaching and research that is going on.
Several months ago Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), a governmental body that is responsible for pension policy, has published results of the 2012 “Attitudes to pensions” survey. The survey is used by DWP for policy advice, in particular it focuses on peoples’ behaviour in terms of saving and planning for retirement.
The University of Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities – and Scotland’s top-ranked research institution – has been reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The evenings are drawing in and it’s getting colder but the upside of the arrival of winter in Edinburgh is the enjoyment the whole city gets from seeing its literary monuments lit up in the late afternoon. The towering structure of the Scott monument on Princes Street, for example, reminds us that 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s masterful novel, Waverley.
On 8th January 1697 a 20-year old student at the University of Edinburgh, Thomas Aikenhead, was hanged for blasphemy. Aikenhead had been heard to state, while walking past the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh’s High Street, that theology was ‘a rapsidie of faigned and ill-invented nonsense’ (Graham p.81). A little over forty years later, David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature (1738) was published.
In his Cave Allegory (Republic, c.360 BCE), Plato presents a strikingly visual account of the distinction between knowledge and belief and, in doing so, provides us with what may be considered the earliest cinema.