Category Archives: Academia

Parent category for posts having to do with academics and university life.

Philosopher Dies by Strangulation, Not in Classroom

If you are disappointed by last week’s election results, take heart. President Trump can’t stop you from reading the Great Books! Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book IV (GBWW Vol. 51, … Continue reading

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Soul Precedes Body; Intellect Precedes Sense

Here you all are worrying about today’s U.S. presidential election when there are Great Books to discuss. Focus on what’s important, people! Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book III, Chapters 10-19 … Continue reading

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Don’t Ever Rob a Temple

If you’re at all like me, you view the major cultural and political developments of 2016 with a jaundiced eye. I’ve found, however, that by immersing myself in great works like the ones below, I can insulate myself from some … Continue reading

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I’m at the Imaginative Conservative This Morning

The Imaginative Conservative, begun by Winston Elliott and Brad Birzer, has become one of my most-frequented websites in the last couple of years. Its writers cover a lot of ground and never get bogged down in the narrowly political. I’m … Continue reading

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Rome Falls

I am making good on my promise to resume the Great Books Project posts. True, I’m doing it about one year later than I had intended, but better late than never. The laptop on which I had been drafting posts … Continue reading

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Plato Channels Nigel Tufnel

Great Books Project posts in consecutive weeks? That hasn’t happened in a while! Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book II, Chapters 1-10 (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. … Continue reading

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Don’t Trust Anyone Under Fifty

My high hopes for summer reading were disappointed as I took on new job responsibilities and my family went through a move (and is actually still going through it—we have been between houses for more than a month). I lost … 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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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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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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