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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Knowledge Nuggets - Original Recipe

This project here probably has some sputtering into their creme brulee, but the idea of compressing great works of philosophy whilst retaining the "in their own words" attraction of going to the originals is a wonderful thing. The pitch, itself compressed to it's standout points is
There is no taking-part in the 'Great Debate' of Western civilisation, the debate about who we are, how we should be governed, how we think and how we ought to behave, without some familiarity with the, remarkably few, thinkers in whose language and idiom the talk is conducted....So, here are the most used, most quoted, the most given, sources of the West. The books that have defined the way the West thinks now, in their author's own words, but condensed and abridged into something becomes possible to read the whole thing as a single narrative, as the story of Western Thought
The story of Western Thought in a month of lunchtimes? That's got to be the ultimate democratisation of information. More power to us.