Tag Archives: Leo Tolstoy

Nasty, Brutish, and Short?

Heavy things to discuss in the Great Books Project this week, things like life in a state of savagery. Let’s get to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VIII (GBWW … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Slut-Shames Time

I’m back again after a long hiatus with more of the Great Books Project. Let’s dig right into it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VII (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. 275-302) … Continue reading

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Scientist: Science Is Anti-Rationalistic, Naive

Political absolutism, scholastic philosophy, determinism, history of science: we are all over the place in this week’s readings. Let’s get to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VI (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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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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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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