Tag Archives: Ptolemy

The Owl of Minerva Spreads Its Wings Only with the Falling of the Dusk

We’re reaching another milestone in the Great Books Project this week: upon completion of the Claude Bernard reading below, we’ll have completed five of the ten volumes of the Gateway to the Great Books series. I believe that makes nine … 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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Bohemians Who Want to Be Philistines

Ever since beginning this Great Books Project, I’ve known that some of you out there have been itching to read about crazy Roman emperors. We’re going to start reading Tacitus this week, so your wait is over. Here are the … Continue reading

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All the World’s a Stage

Three Great Books Monday posts in a row . . . what is the world coming to? If you have never read Henry James before, you’re in for a treat this week. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Rationality Is Talking to a Horse

I’m not ashamed to admit it: there are some weeks when I’d rather just not read anything at all. There has been at least one sick person in my house every day since last Tuesday, and I’ve had to spend … Continue reading

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Back to Great Books Monday!

We hit 2,500 pages of Science and Mathematics this week in the Great Books Project. Just thinking of it makes me mentally tired. Here are the readings for the coming week: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Part IV (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Substance is Essence

Advocates of scientism, beware! Jonathan Swift is about to rock your world in this week’s Great Books readings. Here are the readings for the coming week: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Part III (GBWW Vol. 34, pp. 89-131) The Metaphysics … Continue reading

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The Honor of Lilliputians

Amazingly, we’re coming to the end of Month 25 of readings in this Great Books Project. Last week we read our 3,000th page of Philosophy and Theology. This week we’ll come within a whisker of passing the 3,500-page mark in … Continue reading

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Warning: Audience-Embarrassing Hypnotists May Be Shot

I took advantage of the holiday this week to catch up more ground in the Great Books Project. I’m now within one day of being back on schedule! Moreover, we’re going to start the greatest satire in the English language … Continue reading

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Only Vegetables Question the Law of Non-Contradiction

I’m happy to say that I’ve caught up two days on this week’s Great Books post. The big development this week is that we will finish the Dickens novel after ten weeks. We’ll finish Bacon next week and perhaps Tocqueville … Continue reading

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