Four Cultures of the West

Front Cover
Harvard University Press, 2009 M06 30 - 272 pages
The workings of Western intelligence in our day--whether in politics or the arts, in the humanities or the church--are as troubling as they are mysterious, leading to the questions: Where are we going? What in the world were we thinking? By exploring the history of four "cultures" so deeply embedded in Western history that we rarely see their instrumental role in politics, religion, education, and the arts, this timely book provides a broad framework for addressing these questions in a fresh way.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

This is an excellent analysis of four systems of Western philosophy, thought, and education. O'Malley proposes that one, prophecy and reform, comes out of Jerusalem, and the other three out of Athens ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - rocscssrs - LibraryThing

5 stars because it's a book which can fundamentally change the way you look at things. O'Malley sees four "cultures," or traditions of value, thought and expression, operating at varying strength and ... Read full review

Contents

introduction Athens and Jerusalem
1
culture one Prophecy and Reform
37
culture two The Academy and the Professions
77
culture three Poetry Rhetoric and the Common Good
127
culture four Art and Performance
179
epilogue The Book of Our Experience
235
Notes
241
Further Reading
249
Acknowledgments
255
Index
257
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information