On Being Civilized: A Few Lines Amid the Breakage


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Is civilization worth defending? Should we aim to conform to its precepts so we can be considered civilized? Should we aim to bring our children up according to its norms so they too can be considered civilized? None of these crucial questions can be answered unless we have a clear understanding of what civilization is or, perhaps as important, what it isn’t.

With On Being Civilized, Tracy Lee Simmons proves to be a reliable guide to a sound and historically informed understanding of civilization. This selection of his writing on multifarious topics over the last thirty years is animated by the transcendental trinity of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

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