Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Lessons of History

I have been listening to an audio book on CD called The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant. The version I found actually has 5 CD's and is billed as an expanded unabridged edition. It contains two essays not in the book, plus excerpts from recorded interviews with Will & Ariel Durant. Very interesting.

Will Durant speaks of the past as the present unrolled for study and the present as the past rolled up for action. He has some interesting insights about what we can learn from history in various areas, such as religion, socialism, and economics.

Dr. Durant and his wife wrote a number of books on philosophy and history, such as The Story of Philosophy and The History of Civilization. If you have an interest in either or both of those subjects, I recommend giving the Durants a read.



At 4:49 PM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

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At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Debbie said...

The lessons of history are something we really need to study. I'm not familiar with this particular item. I've never been a history buff, until September 11, 2001. Now I'm a woman trying to catch up on what I should have already known.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Debbie, I've always enjoyed history, but only recently have I gotten more interested in studying it for the lessons we can learn from it. I'm looking forward to reading Bill Bennett's new book, America: The Last Best Hope, vol. 1, which I got recently.

t.f., I've sent you an email. Thanks for stopping by, both of you.

At 2:48 AM, Anonymous John said...

Hi, Im from Melbourne Oz.
We now live in a totally inter-connected world which is completely different from the past.
A world of instantaneous communication (propaganda), world wide travel,super technology and atomic weapons.
With this in mind please check out these related essays on the origins & consequences of the current universal insanity.



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