Tag Archives: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Are There Any Innate Ideas?

This week in the Great Books Project, I finally broke down and scheduled Adam Smith. Are you ready to learn some economics? Here are the readings for the coming week: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, “Shipman’s Tale” through “The … Continue reading

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Rousseau Misinterprets Christianity—Anyone Surprised?

It’s (finally) Great Books Monday again, and after several weeks of playing catch-up, we are back on schedule with a Monday post. This week we’ll come within a whisker of our 1,800th page of readings in the sciences, and that’s … 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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Pity and Fear and Hamlet

I’m still trying to claw my way back to a normal schedule of Great Books posts; I guess making up one day each week isn’t too bad. This week we pass the 2,500-page mark in Imaginative Literature. Also, with the … 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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