Monthly Archives: January 2011

We’re Not Reading Enough Philosophy!

I had a bit of an epiphany last week. Feeling comfortable about the pace I had set for reading through the Gateway to the Great Books series this year, I decided to run some numbers to determine whether we’d be … Continue reading

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Dung Beetles and a Townful of Liars

If you aren’t following along with the readings I’m posting each Monday, let me tell you that you are missing out on some great stuff. Here are the selections for the upcoming week: “The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway (Vol. 2, … Continue reading

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On Being Intelligent and Stuff

It’s Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition. Here are the readings for the coming week: “Of Truth” by Francis Bacon (Vol. 10, pp. 346-347) “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain (Vol. 2, pp. 346-386) The English … Continue reading

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Ready to Start Reading the Great Books?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read the following selections from the Gateway to the Great Books series (and the internet) this week: “The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent” by John Erskine (Vol. 10, pp. 5-13) … Continue reading

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The Great Conversation

Since education is long, and since it is indispensable, we should begin it right away. The Great Conversation by Robert Hutchins is the introductory volume to the 1952 edition of the Great Books of the Western World. Its thesis is … Continue reading

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The Master Plan: Seven Years to Read the Great Books

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, do you actually keep them? My track record in that area is probably not better than most people’s. But this year will be different (really!). I’m reading a new book on goal … Continue reading

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