“The narrative that old books are worthless is designed to keep you from discovering that they are not.” Spencer Klavan, author of “How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for Five Modern Crises” discusses the West: why it’s so important to preserve it, how its greatest ideas can still help us today, and the limits of science and technology in addressing our modern dilemmas.

Spencer Klavan received his PhD in Classics from Oxford and is Associate Editor of the Claremont Review of Books and Features Editor at the American Mind.

Dr. Klavan’s book, How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for Five Modern Crises, https://www.regnery.com/9781684513451/how-to-save-the-west/ 

His podcast, Young Heretics, https://youngheretics.com/

“Hey hey ho ho Western Civ has got to go,” https://intellectualtakeout.org/2019/06/hey-hey-ho-ho-western-civ-has-got-to-go/

Spencer on C.S. Lewis’s science fiction novel “That Hideous Strength,”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdutZEHonLc

More on Plato’s Timaeus, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato-timaeus/#:~:text=In%20the%20Timaeus%20Plato%20presents,%2C%20purposive%2C%20and%20beneficent%20agency.

More on Lucretius, a prominent Epicurean philosopher and author of De Rerum Natura: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/lucretius/

More on Stoicism, https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stoicism/

C.S. Lewis’s The Discarded Image, https://portalconservador.com/livros/C-S-Lewis-The-Discarded-Image.pdf

Wordsworth’s Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45536/ode-intimations-of-immortality-from-recollections-of-early-childhood

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