Tag Archives: John Milton

“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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“That he our deadly forfeit should release . . .”

This week in the Great Books Project we come within a whisker of our 5,000th page of Imaginative Literature and 3,500th page of Science and Mathematics. That seems like a pretty good way to ring in the new year! Here … Continue reading

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“Fly envious Time, till thou run out thy race”

I forgot to mention it last week, but we’ve just passed 4,500 pages in Imaginative Literature in the Great Books Project. Not too shabby. Here are the readings for the coming week: Othello by William Shakespeare (GBWW Vol. 25, pp. … Continue reading

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Trepanning in Ancient Greece

This week in the Great Books Project we will wrap both Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. With patience and perseverance, these books continue to move over to the “have read” column. Here are the readings for the coming … Continue reading

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He Who Destroys a Good Book, Kills Reason Itself

It feels like we’re starting a new chapter in the Great Books Project. After all, I’ve had to set three new hyperlinks for this week’s reading list! What’s more, this is the last week of Ptolemy. Here are the readings … Continue reading

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Interview: Why Christians Should Read the Great Books

A recent post here resulted in an invitation to appear on the Research on Religion podcast. Host Tony Gill was intrigued by my applying lessons from Plato to dining at Applebee’s in the 21st century. We recorded the interview last … Continue reading

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Leaving Eden

It looks like I’m just barely going to make an actual Great Books Monday post this week. The big news is that, after wrapping up Paradise Lost last week, we embark today on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, which … Continue reading

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Suffrage Doesn’t Preserve Liberty

In the Great Books Project this week, we will wrap up the English language’s greatest poem as well as one of the English language’s funniest plays. We’ll also embark on a reading of one of the most important scientific works … Continue reading

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Space and Time: A Priori Intuitions?

On this Great Books Monday, I’ve been ruminating on the difficulty of some of the works we’re going through. Seriously, Aristotle’s Physics and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason are pretty dense. I’ve had to remind myself that part of analytical … Continue reading

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