The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen, Malcolm Hillgartner

Christianity. Judaism. Dead white males. Old-fashioned morality. The traditional family. Tradition itself. Everything the liberals hate can be summed up in two words: Western civilization. Here is the ultimate Politically Incorrect Guide: a sprightly, informative summary of the original source of all things politically incorrect from Moses, Caesar, and Christ, to Dante, Thomas More, and the Founding Fathers.

About the Author:
Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine. He is the editor and translator of several epic poems of the West, including the three volumes of Dante's Divine Comedy. He is one of the team-teachers of Providence College's Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433214677
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Pages: 7
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine. He is the editor and translator of several epic poems of the West, including the three volumes of Dante's Divine Comedy. He is one of the team-teachers of Providence College's Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Debra, and two children.

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Ancient Greece: Love of Wisdom and Beauty     1
Laws that cannot be amended
Athens: Better than the rest
Father, not mother
The Greek Isles effect
Tradition and the natural law
Athenian relativists
Beauty is not merely in the eye of the beholder
The universal Good
The State and the end of man
Rome: An Empire of Tradition and Patriarchy     39
Respecting your elders
Father knows best
Tradition's wisdom vs. democracy's fickleness
Peace through strength
The real reason Rome fell
Israel: How God Changed the World     67
A God above nature, not a nature god
Not a political god, but the King of kings
Knowing God yields science
They that humble themselves shall be exalted
A thousand years are as a day
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
The peace of God that passeth understanding
The Early Church: Charity and Tolerance Are Born     97
How Christianity saved the West
Christianity brings equality and tolerance
The State, that pagan god
How Christians elevated culture
The truth about heretics
The Good News brings charity
The High Middle Ages: The Bright Ages     131
Islam vs. civilization
Warmer is better-someone tell Al Gore
Ruggedly alive
The Bright Ages: Life in the cathedrals
Drama's rebirth: Another fruit of Christianity
PC myth: The Middle Ages were the Dark Ages
When love and nature were richer
PC trope: Dancing angels and pinheads
Before PC: When intellectual curiosity could thrive
The Renaissance: It'sNot What You Think     167
The PC myths about the Renaissance
Is there a nature in this man?
Honoring the past
Shakespeare on his knees
Where the Renaissance went wrong: Undermining authority
The Enlightenment: Liberty and Tyranny     203
The will enslaved
"Enlightenment" yields tyranny
Ecrasez l'infame!
The Pilgrim Fathers
Conservative Founders?
America's forgotten models: Rome and Athens
Saving reason from itself
Rousseau and the State
Samuel Johnson
The Nineteenth Century: Man Is a God; Man Is a Beast     243
The Romantics' new religion: Nature
Worshipping man
What the Industrial Revolution wrought
Is there such a thing as bad art?
Nietzsche: The honest atheist
Conservative champions of human dignity
The Twentieth Century: A Century of Blood     281
Walter Mitty, rugged individual
The empire strikes back
The health of the State, the poverty of the soul
Art from the people; Art against the people
Science without knowledge
The Pill's bitter effects
History can restore us
Notes     311
Index     329

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Chrissie53 More than 1 year ago
Go ask a recent college or high school graduate to define natural law and he or she will probably look at you and say "huh?". If we do not understand natural law or all the lessons of Western Civilization we are not truly educated. It does not matter how brilliant we are in math and science if we are clueless about Western thought we are doomed. Read this book and all the PI Guides.