Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D.

Professor Grant Hardy
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Yale University
Religion offers a window on the world. It's not the only window, but it's a large one, which provides a grand vista of much of human life in both the past and the present.
Dr. Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He earned his B.A. in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Literature from Yale University. Professor Hardy has received a wealth of awards and accolades for both his teaching and his scholarship. At the University of North Carolina, he won the 2002 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Arts and Humanities Faculty, and he was named to a Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship for 2009 to 2010. He also received a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he participated in scholarly symposia at prestigious universities around the world, including Harvard University and the University of Heidelberg. Professor Hardy has written, cowritten, or edited six books, including Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian's Conquest of History; The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China; and the first volume of the Oxford History of Historical Writing. In addition, he has written or revised a majority of the articles on imperial China for the World Book Encyclopedia.
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"Professor Hardy's course is a revelation. The instruction is well presented, interesting, and very insightful. Most important, it is exceptionally informative."

30 Courses and Sets

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30 Courses and Sets

  1. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Explore the fascinating history and enduring power of the world’s most profound spiritual texts in this two-course set. First, in Introduction to the Qur’an, take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion. And in Sacred Texts of the World, examine the scriptures of Christianity,...
  2. (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Deepen your understanding of religion with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in Sacred Texts of the World, explore the various works that inform and inspire religious people from all walks of life.
  3. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of human philosophy with this two-course set. Enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world’s most important philosophical texts with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, partake in an epic, comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers with Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition.
  4. (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    In philosophy we often focus on the Western intellectual tradition and only get half of the story. This two-course set provides the other side of the picture, and the world. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is a comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers. Then Understanding Japan: A Cultural History provides a deep dive into the Japanese perspective.
  5. (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Get a balanced view of the philosophies of great minds from both the West and East and the surprising similarities and differences between them in this fascinating course set. In The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas, you'll grasp the core ideas of modern Western political philosophy and how they have been used to influence historical events, economic systems, and reforms. And in Great Minds of the...
  6. (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of humanity influenced by the East through this inspiring two-course set. Survey nine families of martial arts to find the right practice for you with Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition introduces you to an epic, comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers.
  7. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    To explain the mysteries of death, many people turn to religion and philosophy. Get an illuminating look at both perspectives with this two-course set. Start with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures to get a global perspective of how to understand death. Then delve into what various religious texts say about both death and the value of life in Sacred Texts of the World.
  8. (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual Set

    (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Fill in the gaps in your philosophical education with this set of two courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, study the philosophers, writers, and thought leaders of the Middle Ages. Then, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, meet those people who greatly influenced the philosophy and spirituality of the East.
  9. (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Thinking About Religion and Violence & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Dive into the mysteries and ambiguities of religion with this illuminating two-course set. Join a religion professor for a startling, open-minded examination of the strange nexus between human spirituality and violence with Thinking about Religion and Violence. Then, journey into the world canon of sacred writings that have played an integral role in human culture and history with Sacred Texts of the World.
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.