Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

Take your eye off Western Civilization for just a moment and it will be swinging from the rafters with its own belt around its neck...
-- Bruce Charlton


  1. TOF - I am curious how you would make the case - Ptolemaic Smackdown style, perhaps - that Western Civilization is in decline. And what, if anything, can be done to save it.

    I don't doubt the idea, but it is hard for me to even begin to make the argument. I'm not nearly well-read enough. (Though Lukacs is still fixed on my reading list).

    1. Depends on how you define "Western Civilization," I suppose. Some include ancient Greece and Rome, even though their civilization was markedly different from that of medieval Europe and from Modern Europe.

      See here for starts: http://tofspot.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-autumn-of-modern-ages-preface.html

  2. You suffer me very kindly.

    I'm actually blushing about this mistake. In any case, it will be worth a re-read!



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