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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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Dec 10, 2009

it was amazing

How lucky I am to have found a job requiring me to read the classics in light of social and political philosophical concerns. In turn students are then asked to relate these lessons to contemporary politics and existence.
Aurelius' Meditations, just into my second reading, is a wonderful statement of stoicism by an Emperor late in life , on campaign in the Empire. His articulations of cosmopolitanism, the rhythms and reason of nature, and the essential importance of reason and philosophy in a good life, always provoke thought, in our less than stoic culture.
Reading it again next Fall!
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Brendan In 'War is a force that gives us meaning' Hedges refers repeatedly to classical reflections on war and its effect on society. He is committed to reading the classics so as to learn about our own age. HIs is a very learned appropriation of the classics such as Thucydides, Plato, etc., but his commitment to the idea that the 'great books' that have been produced is truly profound. In fact, in interviews he says that his diagnosis of 'the end of liberalism', watching the US slide into corporate tyranny, sends him back to his library to read those who recorded the decline of their own empires. Thanks for asking. War is a force is a fantastic book.

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