The Center For The Study Of The Great Ideas Applauds James Fulford`s Defense Of Great Books

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From:
Max
Weismann (e-mail
him)


Re: James Fulford`s Blog
:
Great Books—Who Wrote Them? And Who Can Say?


Fulford wrote about Alex Beam`s book A Great Idea At The Time: The Rise, Fall, And Curious Afterlife of The Great Books,
a book
that provides
a good example of

argumentum ad hominem
.

Beam`s subtitle should have read “Every Negative Fact
and Innuendo I Could Dredge Up.”

Although Beam was not particularly unkind to me in the
book, I found virtually every page to be a smart-alecky
and snide diatribe of the worst order against the Great
Books,
Mortimer Adler
, 


Robert Hutchins
, et al. Worse, the book is replete
with errors of commission and omission.

As an effective antidote, I prescribe Hutchins` pithy
essay,
The Great Conversation.


If the Great
Books
crusade is as bleak as Beam purports, then
happily, not many will read his invective book.

Weisman is President and co-founder with Mortimer
Adler of the
Center for the Study of The Great Ideas