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Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization

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Western culture, which influenced the whole world, came from Europe. But its roots are not there. They are in Athens and Jerusalem. European culture takes its bearing from references that are not in Europe: Europe is eccentric.What makes the West unique? What is the driving force behind its culture? Remi Brague takes up these questions in Eccentric Culture. This is not ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by St. Augustine's Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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RK-ique
Mar 18, 2015 RK-ique rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, history
I decided to engage with the thought of Rémi Braque a couple of years ago when I encountered a reference to him in the book, The Axial Age and Its Consequences (Edited by Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas). I believe it was in the article by Jan Assman, a strong critic of the Axial Age thesis, where I read that Brague presented a good counterpoint to the thesis. I therefore ordered three of Brague’s books in a fit of enthusiasm. I still have my doubts about the Axial Age thesis but enjoy the works ...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 14, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it it was amazing
Fantastic comparison between the philosophical workings of Western Culture and those of Islam. Christianity is able to translate and accommodate, and according to Brague, the only truly "multi-cultural society" to ever exist was Christendom.
Alisha G
Nov 05, 2008 Alisha G rated it really liked it
Brague is exceptionally well versed in both Occidental and Oriental history; while I didn't recognize all of his references, his thesis is thought provoking. Probably best read in as close to one sitting as possible so as to keep up with the development of his argument.
Umar
Sep 12, 2011 Umar rated it really liked it
good stuff. french intellectuals know a fair bit and have good observations about Islam. very unbias and good thought process.
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