Tag Archives: Adam Smith

Mercantilism is Dumb

I usually try to make Great Books Project posts on Mondays, but the hurricane delayed last week’s post until Wednesday, and I am in catch-up mode. In the meantime, it was easy for me to knock out this econ post. … Continue reading

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A First: Three Volumes of Great Books Completed the Same Week

I feel as though I should be blogging about the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death today, but I really do need to make this Great Books Project post. (On Lewis, here’s a post commemorating his contributions.) I suddenly realized … Continue reading

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O For a Muse of Fire

Some weeks it seems like there’s not much big-picture news to report in this Great Books Project. This week, however, we’ll pass the 4,000-page mark in the Man and Society category of readings and finish two long works AND two … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-Century Profanity and the Sex Lives of Crustaceans

You’d think that after completing the 16,000th page of reading in this Great Books Project, we’d have reached the halfway point of our journey. Recall, though, that this project involves more than 40,000 pages of reading, so we won’t get … Continue reading

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We Have Heard the Chimes at Midnight

In the next seven days, we will hit the 16,000th page of reading in the Great Books Project. Along the way, St. Thomas Aquinas will instruct us on the nature of Truth. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Sons Who Kill Their Mothers Should Beware Nasty Harpy Things

Not the most eloquent title for a blog post, I admit, but I couldn’t resist. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book V (GBWW Vol. 37, pp. 73-98)* “Of Ideas” by St. Thomas … Continue reading

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Wives Who Kill Their Husbands Should Beware Their Children

Last week in the Great Books Project we passed the 4,000-page mark in Philosophy/Theology. Huzzah! Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book IV (GBWW Vol. 37, pp. 49-73)* “Of God’s Knowledge” by St. … Continue reading

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Fathers Who Kill Their Daughters Should Beware Their Wives

With all the hoopla in the news about government shutdowns, debt ceilings, and steeply rising insurance premiums (I definitely got sticker shock when the letter came from Blue Cross this week), it’s nice to be able to immerse yourself in … Continue reading

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Another One Bites the Dust

You may not have noticed, but we’ve just completed yet another volume of our reading project: Volume 4 of the Gateway to the Great Books series. I don’t even remember off the top of my head how many that makes, … Continue reading

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All Academic Labor Is Unproductive

This week in the Great Books Project, we’re temporarily going off script again, this time to pick up one of the “original” Great Books. See below for more details. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by … Continue reading

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