Thursday, March 25, 2010

For perspective, listen to lectures

For a fresh perspective on our current problems, consider reading some classic works and then listening to some lectures to help you see how pertinent they are to our situation today.

Allow Alexis de Tocqueville to explain Democracy in America as he saw it, and then listen to a lecture by William R. Cook on Tocqueville and the American Experiment.

Or read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and listen to Joshua Kaplan discuss Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance.

For another angle on our current debate about man and nature read Walden by Henry David Thoreau and then listen to Ashton Nichols’ lecture on Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement.

For a perspective on human interaction try reading David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature and then listen to Peter Kreeft’s lecture Ethics: A History of Moral Thought.

Our contemporary issues involve us in a great conversation and the value of our contribution may hinge on how well we’ve been listening.

Jeanne @ Warrenton Library

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