Tag Archives: William James

Napoleon Blows Things Up

This past week’s readings included many explosions and attempts to immanentize the eschaton. I expect more of the same this week. Let’s begin. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book XI, Chapters … Continue reading

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Scientist Works Way Back to God

Big news in the Great Books Project today: we are cracking open a new volume, something we haven’t done since beginning War and Peace. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book X, Chapters … Continue reading

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Back to War with the Little Corporal

Last week we passed 22,500 pages of reading in the Great Books Project. We also have a new work to consider this week, something I know will be a breath of fresh air. Let’s get to it. Here are the … Continue reading

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Adam Knew Everything

There were several downers in last week’s readings for the Great Books Project–broken engagements, creation of governments, etc.–but we soldier on, undeterred. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book IX (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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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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