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The Wisdom of the World by Rémi Brague
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Jun 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: philosophy, history-etc
Read in June, 2011

Meh. An extremely wide ranging intellectual history, focusing on the relationship between 'world' and 'man.' If you're into laundry lists of quotes, followed by a one paragraph summary of those quotes that takes no notice whatsoever of the immense divergence between them, then this is for you. Brague is obviously well read, but this should have been an essay in some right-wing French weekly, rather than a book. The real flaw here, though, is the unbearable way he longs for a world in which the 'cosmos' has an ethical value. This is all the more ridiculous in that he's a famous Catholic intellectual: what does Christianity teach us if not that the world is not where we find ethical or moral meaning? Too bad. The cover's really nice.
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