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"Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age" (Encore presentation.)

By Rich Fisher

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Tulsa, OK – (Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) Why do we read classic literature? Why do we (or some of us, anyway) even mess with vast, complex works like "The Odyssey" and "Moby Dick"? One argument for doing so, over the years, has been that reading such books can give us insight into how life itself might best be lived. But is that still true today? On this edition of our show, we're discussing a book that explores such matters. It's called "All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age," and it's just been released in paperback. Our guest on ST is Sean Dorrance Kelly, who is one of the book's co-authors (and who is also a Professor of Philosophy at Harvard).