Tag Archives: John Dewey

French-Speaking Philistines and Good Demons

We are knocking down major works left, right, and center in this Great Books reading project. Last week we dispensed with John Dewey, and this week we’ll take on “the Scottish play.” Here are the readings for the upcoming week: … Continue reading

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Reading the Great Books: Another Volume Down

Yes, you read that correctly. With the completion of Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War last week, we have now finished in their entirety two—count them, two!—volumes of the Great Books of the Western World series. It might not seem … Continue reading

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When Athenians Attack!

I’m logging in a day late with this weekly Great Books post; I hope you’ll forgive my tardiness. We’re halfway through the Aeneid and are nearing the completion of a couple of other longer works. I’m enjoying all these works … Continue reading

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Funeral Games and Giant Aliens

Another Monday means another report on the Great Books. We’re still plugging along and on pace to finish in 2017. This week we will cross the 6,500-page mark in the program. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The … Continue reading

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Spartans Actually Do Surrender Sometimes

Having just come off a weekend where I had the satisfying experience of seeing a live stream of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung from the Met, I feel like I ought to start an opera (or at least a classical music) project. Maybe … Continue reading

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Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts

Do you feel a sense of responsibility when you realize that, when you read the Great Books, you are dealing with some of the most profound and influential documents in the history of the world? I think that some people … Continue reading

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The Great Books Are Diversity

Anyone who claims to appreciate diversity should enjoy reading the Great Books. In the past week we read one of the world’s greatest historians, a philosopher who thinks history is for little minds, and authors who variously interpret life as … Continue reading

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Achilles, the Three-Fifths Clause, and a Piece of Chalk

It’s another Great Books Monday, and if you’re like me, you’re feeling a sense of accomplishment for finishing Plato’s Republic this past week. Hopefully you’ll get that feeling many more times as we make further progress in this project. Here … Continue reading

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Diomedes Against the Immortals

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I hope you’re ready to wrap up two major works. We’ll have read one of them in its entirety and lengthy excerpts of the other. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: … Continue reading

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Sing, Goddess, the Rage of Peleus’ Son Achilleus

What better way to start the week than with a discussion of some of the greatest literary works of all time? That’s what we do here every week at the Western Tradition, and I hope that you’ll put in your … Continue reading

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