Get ‘Edjicated’ and Save Yourself Some Money

 

A university, or a college education is expensive. There is nothing wrong with a “good” liberal arts education. I’m not talking about a philosophy department that features Angela Davis, or the latest new shiny platitudes.

As Lord Acton said: “Nothing is more irritating than the discovery of the pedigree of ideas.”

If you are interested in the pedigree of ideas, I recommend the Rev. F.C. Copleston’s series, The History of Philosophy. It was written for Catholic seminarians. It is more comprehensive than Will and Ariel Durant’s commentary on philosophy. The cost is about $180. Expensive, yes, but not as expensive as three or four years of college tuition.

If you want to understand the Ukrainians, I recommend The Harvest of Sorrow. Written by the late great Robert Conquest. If you want to understand the banal faceless statist, I recommend The Great Terror. Also written by Robert Conquest.

These books are available on Amazon.

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  1. Saint Augustine Member
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    Shameless self-promotion:

    Learn why Descartes happened, learn what’s wrong with Logical Positivism, learn William James’ arguments for the rationality of faith, and find out what’s up with Augustine and why Confucius is freakin’ awesome at my YouTube channel.  (Sister Rumble channel here.)

    Totally free, but sometimes ads.

    (But do read the Coplestone books, or read original sources, or both.)

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  2. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Shameless self-promotion:

    Learn why Descartes happened, learn what’s wrong with Logical Positivism, learn William James’ arguments for the rationality of faith, and find out what’s up with Augustine and why Confucius is freakin’ awesome at my YouTube channel. (Sister Rumble channel here.)

    Totally free, but sometimes ads.

    (But do read the Coplestone books, or read original sources, or both.)

    I would hope anyone who needs your help as they read through Copelston would send you a check for your help and guidance.

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  3. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Doug Watt: A university, or a college education is expensive.

    All too true.

    And a lot of good education can happen for free, or for cheap.

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  4. Percival Thatcher
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: A university, or a college education is expensive.

    All too true.

    And a lot of good education can happen for free, or for cheap.

    No one gave me an education. I took it when no one was looking.

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  5. kedavis Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: A university, or a college education is expensive.

    All too true.

    And a lot of good education can happen for free, or for cheap.

    No one gave me an education. I took it when no one was looking.

    That’s the only way the Left allows it these days.

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  6. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Doug Watt: nothing wrong with a “good” liberal arts education.

    There is always the opportunity cost.  4 years of effort and $100,000 is a significant outlay.  I view everything after 10th grade as vocational education.  Choose wisely.

    That said, the book series looks excellent.  Your local library probably has a set.  If they don’t buy them one :)

     

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  7. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: A university, or a college education is expensive.

    All too true.

    And a lot of good education can happen for free, or for cheap.

    A good education always costs time and attention.

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  8. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Scam)
    @DonG

    Some of the books are available online (free).  Or it is a similar collection by the same person.

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  9. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Doug Watt: The cost is about $180. Expensive, yes, but not as expensive as three or four years of college tuition.

    And you can do it on your schedule, not the college’s or the professors’.

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  10. Saint Augustine Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: A university, or a college education is expensive.

    All too true.

    And a lot of good education can happen for free, or for cheap.

    A good education always costs time and attention.

    Well said. Correct.

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  11. Old Bathos Moderator
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    I often had need of Copleston and his grasp and clarity of prose were unfailing.  It is so much easier nowadays when encountering Kant, Hegel or Kierkegaard that the student only has to determine whether they were white males and owned slaves.

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  12. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    I was blessed with a college education at a tiny college that did not survive the Eighties, that I was too dumb to appreciate at the time. That said, the best thing it did was point me in directions to learn things on my own. The best education is autodidactic.

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    I was blessed with a college education at a tiny college that did not survive the Eighties, that I was too dumb to appreciate at the time. That said, the best thing it did was point me in directions to learn things on my own. The best education is autodidactic.

    Be careful not to end up like David Carradine.

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  14. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Doug Watt: If you are interested in the pedigree of ideas, I recommend the Rev. F.C. Copleston’s series, The History of Philosophy. 

    A Jesuit. Rahe wept.

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