Tag Archives: Augustine

Rationality, Instinct, and Miracles

At long last, I’m able to make this week’s Great Books post, after going close to a week without a decent internet connection. Here are the readings for this week: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Ch. 37-43 (GBWW … Continue reading

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“To Be, or Not to Be; That Is the Bare Bodkin”

It’s another Great Books Monday, and an acid test of my commitment to this project because I’ve had to lug several books on my family vacation. So far, so good! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Adventures of … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Form of Contemplation

Here we are on another Great Books Monday, and this week we’ll break that 8,000-page barrier I mentioned last week. That includes almost 2,400 pages of imaginative literature, over 1,900 pages of “man and society,” over 1,600 pages of science/mathematics, … Continue reading

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Bad Philosophy Leads to Moral Corruption

It’s Great Books Monday, and this week we’ll come within a whisker of our 8,000th page of reading since January 2011. Things sure do add up after awhile. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn … Continue reading

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How Would Aristotle Describe YOUR Friendships?

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I’d like to note that in this program’s most difficult genre (for me), science and mathematics, we’re going to pass the 1,600-page mark this week. But if you’re just joining us, don’t despair; … Continue reading

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Civilization Trumps Love

Don’t look now, but this week those who have followed the Great Books Project in its entirety will read their 2,000th  page of philosophy and theology since January 2011. Feeling smarter? Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Adventures … Continue reading

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Get Over Yourself, Walt

With 7,500 pages down and a mere 30,000 or so to go, we are motoring through the Great Books here at the Western Tradition. For new readers, this may be a good week to jump into the program because we … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Human Right to . . . Join a Union?

The records keep falling here at the Western Tradition on our Great Books Project. This week we’ll pass the 7,500-page mark. Are you ready?  Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman … Continue reading

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You Can Cheat Death (if Heracles Beats Him up for You)

Here we are on another Great Books Monday, and we’re about to experience some bracing contrasts in our readings. I guess that’s what you call it when you group a Christian theologian with a medieval romance, secular humanitarianism, and a … Continue reading

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Workers of the World, Unite

Of the five central epics of Western civilization, we have now finished three with the completion of the Aeneid last week. Fortunately, Euripides isn’t too much of a step down from Virgil, so our standards are still high this week. … Continue reading

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