Author Archives: Dr. J

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.

Nasty, Brutish, and Short?

Heavy things to discuss in the Great Books Project this week, things like life in a state of savagery. Let’s get to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VIII (GBWW … Continue reading

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Truth Persists and Works, Even if Nobody Is Left to Utter It

Human thinking and reasoning, human science and technology are the product of a social process insofar as the individual thinker faces both the achievements and the errors of his predecessors and enters into a virtual discussion with them either in … Continue reading

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The News Media Is Out of Ideas, Example #2,954

Or, alternatively, “Everything in 2017 Is about Donald Trump, Example #8,317”: Someone at the Boston Globe decided to run a story about how the path of the upcoming solar eclipse runs mostly through counties that voted for Trump in November 2016. … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Leftists, and Western Civilization

Regular readers of this blog know that I like Western civilization. I like its great traditions of literature, art, music, political thought, scientific reasoning, and many other things, all of which have their roots in the classical world and Judeo-Christian … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Slut-Shames Time

I’m back again after a long hiatus with more of the Great Books Project. Let’s dig right into it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VII (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. 275-302) … Continue reading

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The Death of Reading

Long spells between posts here, I know. I’ve been out of the country twice and gone through the birth of Child #7 since the beginning of May, along with managing several summer courses, so things have been hectic. But I … Continue reading

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Scientist: Science Is Anti-Rationalistic, Naive

Political absolutism, scholastic philosophy, determinism, history of science: we are all over the place in this week’s readings. Let’s get to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VI (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Plato Hates on Immigrants

My sophomore class has been reading Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for the past week, and I started feeling really guilty for not having made a Great Books Project post in a while, so here we are! (By the way, we’ve just crossed … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a New Dark Age

This weekend, Lew Rockwell republished a review I wrote a few months ago of Subtracting Christianity, a collection of essays by the late Joseph Sobran published by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation in 2015. You can read it here. I don’t think … Continue reading

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I’m on Mises Wire

In the past few months, I’ve reviewed three books for publication and am working on a fourth. My review of Allen Mendenhall’s Literature and Liberty for the winter issue of the Journal of Faith and the Academy got picked up and was … Continue reading

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