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Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization
by Rémi Brague
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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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
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.