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Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization Hardcover – June, 2001

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Remi Brague is a professor of philosophy at the Universite de Paris I-Sorbonne and at the University of Munich. He has also taught at Boston University. Brague is the author of four previous books, including, most recently, "Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization. Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated more than a dozen books, including Jean-Claude Schmitt's "Ghosts in the Middle Ages and Jean Bottero et al.'s "Ancestors of the West, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890318140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890318147
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brague's luminous imagination and lucid style (in French) are difficult to match. The book is chock full of original ideas, everyone who reads it will find his mind stimulated; but Brague has also written an indispensable work, a work which fills a gap in western historiography: it nudges our Protestant, Anglo-American, German-dominated historical tradition into coming to grips with an important and neglected strand of Western culture: the Mediterranean-Catholic contribution which has been out of the mainstream of historical thinking at least since the late 16th century, and triumphantly so since the late 18th century. Whoever is up for an exciting journey of rediscovery, and a more complete and more accurate diagnosis of our contemporary Western world and its future will find this mercifully brief and elegant book indispensable.
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A very simple thesis, with a lot of rich detail accompanying it.

The Latin West has always thought itself secondary in culture, and doubly so: The Romans thought that for culture, you had to go someplace else, namely Greece. And the Christian West, that for religion, you had to go someplace else, namely to the Bible, most of which is from Hebrew sources.

The result was a graced secondarity, not a graceless inferiority or an other-ignoring superiority. This is the root of the West's perpetual interest in, and value of, other cultures

The pivotal crisis was in the second century, when the Church decided, against Marcion, to keep the inherited Hebrew scripture in its entirely.

The Greek East viewed the Greek literature as its patrimony, and took it for granted. Islam translated what it wanted and ignored the rest, content with its own superiority.
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Take my word for it: this is an essential book for any library. Why are Europe and the Americas the way they are, culturally, at their best? What is most enduring in what we call The West? Polyglot Brague, a truly original and creative mind, has answers, based on the best evidence, elegantly argued. All of his books and articles have these qualities, so let your purchase of this book be the first of many of his works.
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I purchased this book for background reading for a Western Civilization text I am working on. I must say that I was disappointed. I was too philosophical for me. This does not mean that the book is not a good one, only that I am obviously not a apart of the target audience.
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By Dave on November 12, 2015
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Interesting book on what Europe and European mean and how it evolved.
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