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  • in reply to: Reading list? #21792

    Yeah, it’s too bad the author hasn’t responded to this thread.

    in reply to: Do Orcs love their children Too? #21783

    Yes, Tolkien’s orcs are one-dimensional and unredeemable. I’ve always thought of it, though, more as a convention that allows the reader to passionately root for good and wish to conquer evil, because they are portrayed more clearly. Discerning which things are good is much more difficult in real life, and other literature is adept at helping us explore that. But I think Tolkien’s story is meant to serve other purposes—not so much exploring the defining contours of evil, so much as encouraging us to be willing to fight it. I think it’s the same reason behind the appeal of video games where you fight aliens, such as Halo.

    in reply to: Correct order to listen? #21768

    I’ve been listening to them on the iPhone app, and it has them numbered in the same order as the course main webpage. I’m on #06 Cicero and the Natural Law, and so far the order has made good sense:

    00 Why Mythology Matters
    01 Logos and Mythos
    02 Heraclitus and Stoicism
    03 Zeno and Stoicism
    04 Virgil and George Washington
    05 Virgil and Livy
    06 Cicero and the Natural Law
    07 Cicero and the Natural Law, Part II
    08 Sanctifying the Pagan
    09 The City of God and the Divine Comedy
    10 Why Tolkien Despised Democracy
    11 Tolkien and Imagination
    12 Tolkien and World War I
    13 Tolkien and Mythology I
    14 Tolkien and Mythology II
    15 Tolkien and Free Will
    16 Tolkien and Heroism

    in reply to: Reading list? #21790

    I was hoping for the same thing. In fact, it would be nice to have a “show notes page” for each lecture, with links to every work mentioned. In lecture 7, “Cicero and the Natural Law,” I wanted a link to the history book he mentioned, in which the author said that every single Founding Father believed by the time of his (or her, in the case of Mercy Otis Warren) death that the Republic had already died. That was an amazing fact, and I wanted to find out more about his sources.

    Any chance we’ll get notes pages for individual lectures? Shoot, if I had access to the HTML, I’d compile the links myself as I listen.

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