Book List

Posted by lrbeggs 9 years, 8 months ago to Books
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We've touched on this before. Thoughts?
My list includes DB Hallings "Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur" for completely blasting business dogma and opening my eyes.

David Graber, you challenged us to list our top ten most influential books. Well, we asked professors from around the campus to give us their picks, and here it is:
1. Aristotle's Ethics
2. Plato's Republic
3. Euclid's Elements
4. Hayek's Constitution of Liberty
5. Publius' The Federalist Papers
6. Homer's Odyssey
7. Augustine's Confessions
8. Shakespeare's King Lear
9. Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment
10. C.S. Lewis' Abolition of Man
Follow the link to read more about our choices and why Hillsdale professors recommend these books.
Agree or disagree with our list? Comment below!

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Alum David Graber, '14, nominated the College via Facebook to list our picks for the top ten most influential books, so we asked professors from around campus for recommendations. The hardest part ...

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  • Posted by ObjectiveAnalyst 9 years, 8 months ago
    Hello Irbeggs,
    It is an interesting list. I can not reduce my list to ten. I agree with DB regarding Plato's Republic. It is a great read, and demonstrates what not to do, but the most important lesson contained within, is Plato's admission at the beginning, that his vision is unworkable/untenable.
    I don't believe the Federalist papers should stand alone. The counterarguments in the Anti-Federalist should be just as important.
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  • Posted by dbhalling 9 years, 8 months ago
    I would pick Aristotle's ethics, I would pick his logic or metaphysics. I certainly would not pick plato. Euclid is high on my list, but I am not sure why it needs to be in the original. I love Dostoevsky. What about Atlas Shrugged? Thanks.
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    • Posted by 9 years, 8 months ago
      My personal list is different of course, but growing longer by the day as I am turned on to other sources through my own reading and research and much reference recommended by others here in the Gulch, Atlas Shrugged, definitely. I was talking with someone recently about how many times I've read (15+) and I came to realize that I had begun to see it much as a primer, a reference. He said he read it once and never again, the perfection of the moral, the philosophy, and the romance remain pristine to him.
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      • Posted by dbhalling 9 years, 8 months ago
        I have re-read Atlas Shrugged three times. Twice in college and once recently as we were writing PoJ, in which case I was analyzing it as a writer looking for tips. I also re-read Fountainhead for the same reason recently. She is actually a fairly stylized writer, which I think helps transport you into the story. She is great at plot.

        I read her book "The Romantic Revolution" and have reread parts recently. I don't agree with her on all points. She was so concerned (rightly) with the naturalist school of writing that I think she advocated for a pure antithesis.

        Thanks again for your very kind comments.

        How long was your son in the game?
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