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Notes on Humanity delivers a thought provoking view of Western intellectual history, presenting the three primary intellectual attitudes, Faith, Reason, and Certainty, and their historic struggle to define "the ideal of humanity in the Western experience." The questions spawned in this endeavor are the inheritance of Western civilization. The author skillfully traces human engagement with Faith, Reason, and Certainty through an evaluation of "the great works" (including both literature and the fine arts), which remain the visible manifestations of humanity's pilgrimage toward resolution and harmony.
Chapter 1 The Nature of a Liberal Arts Education Chapter 2 The Idea of Reason: A Constraining Grace Chapter 3 The Covenant of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Experience; The Church and the Empire: Augustus to Augustine Chapter 4 The Medieval Synthesis: The Order of Christian Humanism Chapter 5 The Ideal of Civil Life: From the Medievals to the Renaissance Chapter 6 The Reformed Reason: From Reformation to Enlightenment Chapter 7 The Baroque: Politics of Faith Chapter 8 The Age of Reason and Revolution Chapter 9 Conclusion: The Myth and the Mountain