Category Archives: Books

Why Diogenes Refused to Give References

This week in the Great Books Project we will hit the 5,000-page mark in the Man and Society category, although I can’t say I’m really feeling more manly or social than usual. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Defends the Filioque Clause

We have no significant milestones to report in the Great Books Project this week, although we are closing in on the 5,000-page mark in the Man and Society category. Gibbon, no doubt, will carry us through in the next couple … Continue reading

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The Killer Is Revealed

It’s shaping up to be a challenging week in the Great Books Project. Our psychology reading is quite long, and we have a short work by Kant as well. Hang in there, and flee to Dostoevsky if the pressure builds … Continue reading

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William James Argues for the Soul

This week in the Great Books Project we return to the wisdom of the Stoics after a lengthy hiatus. It’s time to begin Book II of Epictetus’s Discourses. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by … Continue reading

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Humans are Bundles of Habits

This week in the Great Books Project, in addition to breaking the 20,000-page barrier I referenced last time, we will also pass the 6,000-page mark in the Imaginative Literature category. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers … Continue reading

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Constantine’s Conversion Was Real

This week we come within a hair of 20,000 pages in the Great Books Project. Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part IV, Book X (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Dmitri Karamazov Puts His Foot in It

This week in the Great Books Project we pass the 5,000-page mark in the Philosophy/Theology category. I suppose it’s only fitting that we do so with Plato. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Decomposition of Elder Zossima

Everyone is talking about the Hobby Lobby case today, but I haven’t heard a single national news outlet mention that today also marks the halfway point of the Western Tradition’s Great Books Project, 2011-2017. What is wrong with the world? … Continue reading

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Ever Wonder How They Figured Out Pi?

This week in the Great Books Project you have a chance to remedy that gaping hole in your education. I refer, of course, to your most likely never having read a masque before. Therefore, I give you John Milton. Here … Continue reading

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Mao’s Great Famine

45,000,000 dead in four years. That’s Frank Dikötter’s estimate of the devastation wrought by Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward” beginning in 1958. The figures can be found in his recent book Mao’s Great Famine. In addition to the death toll, Dikötter … Continue reading

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