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Smiling through the cultural catastrophe : toward the revival of higher education

Author: Jeffrey Hart
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although the essential books of Western civilization are no longer central in our courses or in our thoughts, they retain their ability to energize us intellectually, says the author. He presents a guide to some of these literary works, tracing the main currents of Western culture for all who wish to understand the roots of their civilization and the basis for its achievements. He focuses on the productive tension  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Hart
ISBN: 0300087047 9780300087048
OCLC Number: 45958146
Description: xii, 271 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part 1. The great narrative --
1. Athens and Jerusalem --
2. Athens: the heroic phase --
3. Moses as epic hero --
4. Socrates and Jesus: internalizing the heroic --
5. Paul: universal synthesis --
Part 2. Explorations --
6. Augustine chooses Jerusalem --
7. Dante, Rome (Athens), Jerusalem, and Amor --
8. Hamlet's great song --
9. The indispensable Enlightenment: Molière and Voltaire --
10. Hamlet in St. Petersburg, Faust in Great Neck: Dostoyevsky and Scott Fitzgerald --
Afterword. Today and tomorrow.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Hart.
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