Tag Archives: Leo Tolstoy

Plato Channels Nigel Tufnel

Great Books Project posts in consecutive weeks? That hasn’t happened in a while! Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book II, Chapters 1-10 (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. … Continue reading

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Don’t Trust Anyone Under Fifty

My high hopes for summer reading were disappointed as I took on new job responsibilities and my family went through a move (and is actually still going through it—we have been between houses for more than a month). I lost … Continue reading

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Angels Weren’t Created Happy

We are down in the weeds in the midst of six lengthy works this week in the Great Books Project and will be for some time. Fortunately, my enthusiasm for recently resuming the project should keep me from getting bogged … Continue reading

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One More Volume Down

I neglected to mention it last week, but Dante’s discourse on world government was the final reading from Volume 7 of the Gateway to the Great Books series. What’s more, we are very close to completing Volume 3, with just … Continue reading

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Dante Alighieri, Aspiring Bilderberger

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to say farewell to Sigmund Freud for a while, so it’s a good thing this week’s Great Books readings include the conclusion of The Interpretation of Dreams. Here are the readings … Continue reading

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Smackdown 2011: Theseus vs. Romulus

It’s Great Books Monday, and I want to reiterate how immersion in the Western tradition helps you see and interact with the world in a richer and more meaningful way. If you read the “Tornadoes and Tolstoy” post last week, … 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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