Recommended Reading Updated
The page is getting there, slowly but surely. There are so many good books and poems and treatises out there, it is difficult to decide what to include. I was looking today at the contents of the Great Books of the Western World series, and there is a lot of crossover between the two lists – theirs is obviously more comprehensive – but nonetheless they had some things omitted which are on ours. Perhaps the difference between the Catholic perspective of the West and the secular perspective of the West varies a bit. It is not as though Descartes, Rousseau, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Kant, Marx, Hegel, and all those other philosophers whose works greatly influenced the work are not important to us (and they will likely be included in some module or another), but they all, as Aristotle observed, having made errors in the beginning (be they small or large) ended up very far indeed from the mark. The intent behind Browning’s Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister can certainly be questioned – but the observations concerning human nature are valuable in a way that far outweighs the extinsic negativity which one may concoct, not derive, to be the poem’s ultimate signification.
At any rate, please check our Recommended Reading Page. We could use a few ideas for sound historical works.