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Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education

Jeffrey Hart


Although the essential books of Western civilization are no longer central in our courses or in our thoughts, they retain their ability to energize us intellectually, states this book. It presents a guide to some of these literary works, tracing the main currents of Western culture for all who wish to understand the roots of their civilization and the basis for its achievements. The book focuses on the productive tension between the classical and biblical strains in our civilization, between a life based on cognition and one based on faith and piety. It begins with the Iliad and Exodus, linkin ... More

Keywords: civilization, faith, piety, Iliad, Exodus, Socrates, Dante, Shakespeare, Moliere, Voltaire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300087048
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300087048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Hart, author