Tag Archives: Francis Bacon

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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Only Liberty Can Cure Equality’s Evils

Well, here I am making a Great Books post on Saturday after expressing high hopes last week that I’d be back onto a Monday schedule. The demands of a new semester (including breaking in a new professor in my department) … Continue reading

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Plato Disses Rhetoric

Travels and spotty internet connections have prevented me from making this week’s Great Books post until now. Here are the readings for the coming week: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, Chapters 43-48 (GGB Vol. 2)* The Metaphysics of Aristotle, … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell Is a Snob

I have no witty intro for this week’s Great Books Monday post, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?  Here are the readings for the coming week: Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book IV (GBWW Vol. 29, pp. 152-174) … Continue reading

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William James: We Can’t Walk in Each Other’s Shoes (?)

In this week’s Great Books post, I’d like to note that last week we passed the 2,200-page mark in the Man and Society category and the 2,300-page mark in Religion/Philosophy. Big numbers, to be sure, but there’s much more to … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad on How to Enjoy Getting Blown Up

On this Great Books Monday we embark on a journey through the greatest poem in the English language. Are you ready?  Here are the readings for the coming week: Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book I (GBWW Vol. 29, pp. … Continue reading

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How Many Metaphysicians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Only one, if he can experience it from the inside. (If you read Bergson last week, you got the joke.) It’s still Tuesday here in the Central time zone, so I’m going to claim success this week in continuing to … Continue reading

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Rationality, Instinct, and Miracles

At long last, I’m able to make this week’s Great Books post, after going close to a week without a decent internet connection. Here are the readings for this week: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Ch. 37-43 (GBWW … Continue reading

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