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Make Dharma Great Again

Being Different:  An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by rajiv malhotra  harpercollins, 488 pages, $26.99 Following the Brexit referendum, The Economist wrote, “Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed.” Rajiv . . . . Continue Reading »

The Secret of the Self

Consider the obituary column in your local newspaper—not the obituary of anyone famous but just an ordinary obituary of an ordinary person from an ordinary place. Consider it first as a surviving family member or friend, the one who has to gather the information for the obituary and select . . . . Continue Reading »

Accomplishment––or Fame

Human Accomplishment:  the Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 BC to Charles Murray.Harper Collis.  668 pp. $29.95 Charles Murray has an admirable penchant for tackling very ambitious topics, and, in the process, raising challenging questions. Those qualities are . . . . Continue Reading »

Christianity and the West

The importance of Christianity in the formation of Western civilization can hardly be denied. That importance is not simply a matter of the past. In the process of secularization Western culture did emancipate itself from its religious roots, but that emancipation was by no means complete. A . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted 913

Byzantium: The Apogee by John Julius Norwich Knopf, 389 pages, $30  John Julius Norwich is a good storyteller and Byzantine history is filled with lively tales of palace intrigue, nepotism, treachery, assassinations, arranged marriages, perfidious ambassadors, ambitious generals, sieges of . . . . Continue Reading »

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