Category Archives: Liberal Arts

Posts concerning the core of humane learning.

Four Emperors in Two Chapters

This week in the Great Books Project we will pass the 5,500-page mark in the Imaginative Literature category. Buckle up! Here are the readings for the coming week: The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, … Continue reading

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Roman Pygmies and Herd Morality

I neglected to mention it last week, but we have now passed the 18,000-page mark in this Great Books Project. Onward! Here are the readings for the coming week: The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de … Continue reading

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O Voltaire! O Humanity! O Idiocy!

With the completion of the Histories of Tacitus, we have finished another volume in the GBWW series. This week we continue our readings in Roman history with our first foray into Gibbon. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Nietzsche Throws Bombs

I failed to mention last week that we finished yet another volume of the Great Books of the Western World series when we wrapped up Spinoza’s Ethics. I forget exactly how many that makes, but we’ve already knocked out several … Continue reading

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Ibsen Didn’t Like Marriage Much, I Guess

Where else on the internet will you read Aristotle and Nietzsche as part of the same assignment? Nowhere that I know of; that’s my Unique Selling Proposition. Let’s get to it! Here are the readings for the coming week: Candide … Continue reading

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“I Do Bite My Thumb, Sir”

We continue to plug along in the Great Books Project, and I believe we will have caught up with our original schedule within a couple of weeks. (Recall that I lost a week due to travels and workload some time … Continue reading

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Another Volume Completed

This week in the Great Books Project we put back on the shelf for the last time Volume 9 of the Gateway to the Great Books series. That leaves just Volume 5 (in which only one unread essay remains) before … Continue reading

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Tom Jones Gets a Happy Ending

It has been months since we’ve had a weekly reading list with so many new works on it in the Great Books Project. This week is a great opportunity to jump into the program if you’re new to the blog … Continue reading

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Euclid Rolls Over in His Grave

Welcome to Week 161 of the Great Books Project. This week we wrap up Tom Jones, On Liberty, and Part One of Don Quixote! Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book XVIII (GBWW … Continue reading

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Archimedes Breaks Things

I failed to mention last week that we have passed the 17,000-page mark in our Great Books Project. With all the works we’ve completed or are about to complete this month, it got lost in the shuffle. Let’s celebrate with … Continue reading

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