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1. The Great Conversation: The Subtance of a Liberal Education, Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1952. Here is a copy of the book at Amazon. This is a very famous volume, edited by Robert Maynard Hutchins but collaborated by Mortimer Adler, who is famous for his How to Read a Book, How to Speak & Listen, and so on.
2. How We Should Live Then: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, Francis A. Schaeffer, 2005.
This comes from a November 25, 2017 post by Charles Burris over at LewRockwell’s blog. It features a SNL that Steve Martin did making fun of the marketing of King Tut whose remains were on tour all across the globe of the west. You can see the video here:
The tradition of the West is embodied in the Great Conversation that began in the dawn of history and that continues to the present day. Whatever the merits of other civilizations in other respects, no civilization is like that of the West in this respect. No other civilization can claim that its defining characteristic is a dialogue of this sort. No dialogue in any other civilization can compare with that of the West in the number of great works of the mind that have contributed to this Dialogue. The Spirit of Western Civilization is the spirit of inquiry. Its dominant element is the Logos. Nothing is to remain undiscussed. Everyone is to speak his mind. No proposition is to be left unexamined.
Robert Maynard Hutchins, The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education.
Logos is an ancient Greek term. It means reason as expressed in human speech. The Greeks believed reason to be the controlling principle in an orderly, harmonious universe (cosmos).
The faculties of reason (conceptual thought) and language (propositional speech) are what once distinguished human beings from other creatures.
But no longer. With the malodorous stench of fascism prevalent on college campuses coast-to-coast, destroying free inquiry and open intellectual discussion, what Robert Maynard Hutchins’ defined above as the signature characteristic of Western Civilization, why would any sane student (or students’ parents) pay exorbitant inflationary tuition to attend one of these abhorrent institutions of barbarism and cultural degeneracy?
11. On the idea that it was western civilization that first thought of bringing slavery to an end, Gary North observed this