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.

Happy Magna Carta Day!

Today marks the 800th anniversary of the first issuing of the Magna Carta by King John of England (1199-1216). For many centuries the English-speaking world has looked to it as the foundational document in our tradition of limited government and … Continue reading

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Angels Weren’t Created Happy

We are down in the weeds in the midst of six lengthy works this week in the Great Books Project and will be for some time. Fortunately, my enthusiasm for recently resuming the project should keep me from getting bogged … Continue reading

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I’m on the Tom Woods Show Today

Today’s episode of the Tom Woods Show features an interview with me about my new Liberty Classroom course on the history of conservatism and libertarianism. I thought it went pretty well; I certainly enjoyed the conversation. Click here to listen … Continue reading

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Riding to Heaven on a Dung Beetle

It feels great to be able to make another one of these Great Books Project posts after so long a hiatus. To let you all know how serious I am about getting back into this routine, this week we’re pulling … Continue reading

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“Conservatism and Libertarianism” Is Done!

I’m pleased to report that I have just finished recording the final lecture of my new Liberty Classroom course on the history of conservatism and libertarianism. I have been working on this 30-lecture series with varying degrees of intensity since … Continue reading

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

I know that everyone has been waiting with bated breath for four months now for the latest post here, and I’m happy to say that the most jam-packed semester of my life is now at an end. It’s time to … Continue reading

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You Are Not a Trojan Woman. Count Your Blessings.

It’s a new year, we’re passing the 4,500-page mark in the Great Books Project’s Science and Mathematics category, and I am already a week behind! Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: Peace by … Continue reading

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“I Would My Horse Had the Speed of Your Tongue.”

This week in the Great Books Project we finish off the last of the John Milton volume and start Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on angels. We’ll also read about the Visigoths’ sack of Rome if my guess is right. All this … Continue reading

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Back to Cloud Cuckoo Land

Another month has been lost as a result of my extensive travels, but I continue pressing forward with the Great Books Project. The next round of readings includes a Shakespeare favorite, so there is no excuse to stop now! Here … Continue reading

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Many a True Word Hath Been Spoken in Jest

I’ve been putting off for some time, but the time has finally come to dig into Plato’s Laws. It will be a heavy week with that, Aquinas, and James, but Aristophanes will lighten things up a bit. Here are the … Continue reading

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