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A cosmopolitan treasure trove (reposting)

Today we’re reposting an interview conducted at this year’s National Classical Education Symposium in Phoenix. Joining me for a few minutes is Dr. Karen Taliaferro, to discuss her scholarship and the story that led her to that research.


From her Peace Corps experiences in Morocco and her quest for a deeper understanding of knowledge, Taliaferro research explores the relationship between knowledge, epistemology, and religious freedom, all of which make their way into her first book, The Possibility of Religious Freedom.

Taliaferro is re-engaging with a world of rich philosophical speculation among people from very different backgrounds: ethnic, religious, social, etc. But the true difficulty of conversing with these diverse informants is the 1000 years that separate us from the medieval period. As Karen put it: “To discover this cosmopolitan period that turns out to overlap with what has been called the Dark Ages…is just a treasure trove.”

It’s certainly worth investigating, if only to shed some light on our modern ways of seeing the world.

Dr. Taliaferro serves as an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.