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I’m at the Imaginative Conservative This Morning

The Imaginative Conservative, begun by Winston Elliott and Brad Birzer, has become one of my most-frequented websites in the last couple of years. Its writers cover a lot of ground and never get bogged down in the narrowly political. I’m … Continue reading

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Can Tolstoy Save Your Marriage?

Some academics across the pond have come up with a new way to teach the humanities to university students. They are attempting to deal with the perennial problem discussed here in previous posts: Hard-working, pragmatic types, who abound in the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Liberal studies are practical. They have civic and cultural use and a personal function, the two often intertwined. If properly defined and well carried out by learned and intellectually honest teachers, liberal studies ground students in disciplined thinking and free … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part IV

When one person says, “I love cheese,” and another says, “I love football,” and a third says, “I love mankind,” are they all three using the word in any sense that is common? With this question, Mortimer Adler and Charles … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part III

[Click here for Part I and Part II.] If you have ever felt lost whenever you approached a particular genre of writing, Part III of How to Read a Book may help you tremendously. In this section, Adler and Van … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part II

[This is the second in a series of posts on Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren’s classic work How to Read a Book. For the first post in the series, click here.] The second section of How to Read a … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part I

The Western tradition holds countless riches to be explored: poems, paintings, symphonies, novels, and much more. Unfortunately, this cultural legacy remains largely inaccessible to many Westerners today for the simple reason that they have not learned how to read actively. … Continue reading

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The Practicality of the Liberal Arts, part 2

[This essay was originally published on my Blogger site on 2 March 2010. This is the last content post from the old blog; I plan to begin posting fresh content here next week.] At the end of my last post, … Continue reading

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Liberal Learning and Its Practicality (or Lack Thereof)

[This essay was originally published on my Blogger site on 26 February 2010.] Earlier this week, ISI’s Lehrman American Studies Institute posted this article on the greatest recent works on liberal learning. All of these titles are worthwhile. Most of … Continue reading

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