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the Western Civilization Genome Project

One of my reading projects right now is to reread the Old Testament. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a couple of reasons: it’s part of the Great Books reading program, and it is also a key text for … Continue reading

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The Growths of Civilizations by Arnold J. Toynbee

A Study of History 3: The Growths of Civilizations by Arnold J. Toynbee My rating: 5 of 5 stars Once a static, primitive society has responded to a certain intensity of challenge, it shatters the “cake of custom” and begins … Continue reading

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a day’s reading

I suppose that my reading, like my philosophy, is eclectic. At first I was going to say that it’s not eclectic, but when I looked up eclectic I changed my mind: 1: selecting what appears to be best in various … Continue reading

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A Study of History 1 by Arnold J. Toynbee

A Study of History 1: Introduction; The Geneses of Civilizations, Part One by Arnold J. Toynbee My rating: 5 of 5 stars This first volume of Toynbee’s 10-volume investigation of how civilizations arise, flourish, and die provides a fresh and … Continue reading

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