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Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (American Ideals & Institutions)
Robert P George

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist. Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side. With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of that belief.” —From the introduction Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack. Showcasing the talents that have made ...


Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners
Karen Santorum

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

The regrettable fact is that the subject of manners is not much discussed anymore, and good manners seem practiced even less. But good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers. Fortunately, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and ...


Students Guide To U.S. History: U.S. History Guide (Guides To Major Disciplines)
Wilfred M. Mcclay

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000

The ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines are reader-friendly introductions to the most important fields of knowledge in the liberal arts. Written by leading scholars for both students and the general public, they will be appreciated by anyone desiring a reliable and informative tour of important subject matter. Each title offers an historical overview of a particular discipline, explains the central ideas of each subject, and evaluates the works ...


The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis
Robert R. Reilly

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

The book you must read to understand the Islamist crisis—and the threat to us all   Robert R. Reilly’s eye-opening book masterfully explains the frightening behavior coming out of the Islamic world. Terrorism, he shows, is only one manifestation of the spiritual pathology of Islamism.   Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over ...


Choosing the Right College 2014-15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known ...
John Zmirak

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“By far the best college guide in America” —Thomas Sowell “Easily the best of the college guides” — American Spectator “Indispensable” — First Things “An essential reference” — Homeschool Magazine “A godsend” — National Catholic Register Over the past decade, Choosing the Right College has established itself as the indispensable resource for students—and parents—who want the unvarnished truth about ...


Family and Civilization (Background: Essential Texts for the Conservative Mind)
Prof. Carle C. Zimmerman

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008

Family and Civilization is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman, a distinguished sociologist who taught for many years at Harvard University. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Zimmerman traces the evolution of ...


Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
Robert Spencer

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change   This stunning book uncovers provocative evidence that forces us to ask: Did Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet, even exist?   It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. But the widely accepted story of Islam’s origins begins to crumble on close examination.   In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling author Robert Spencer brings to ...


How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
Rodney Stark

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Finally the Truth about the Rise of the West Modernity developed only in the West—in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, Why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars ...


Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
Mr. Anthony Esolen

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism.” — American Spectator Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, ...


Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay
Scott F. Crider

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005

Scott F. Crider addresses the intelligent university student with respect and humor. A short but serious book of rhetoric, it is informed by both the ancient rhetorical tradition and recent discoveries concerning the writing process. Though practical, it is not simply a "how-to" manual; though philosophical, it never loses sight of writing itself. Crider combines practical guidance about how to improve an academic essay with reflection on the ...


The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom (Background: Essential Texts for the ...
Robert Nisbet

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

One of the leading thinkers to emerge in the postwar conservative intellectual revival was the sociologist Robert Nisbet. His book The Quest for Community , published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society.   Nearly a half century before Robert Putnam documented the atomization of society in Bowling Alone , Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the ...


What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

A book for educating citizens   This wonderfully rich anthology uses the soul-shaping power of story, speech, and song to help Americans realize more deeply—and appreciate more fully—who they are as citizens of the United States.   At once inspiring and thought-provoking, What So Proudly We Hail features dozens of selections on American identity, character, and civic life by our country’s greatest writers and leaders—from ...


The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing
Prof. Gregory L. Roper

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007

The Writer’s Workshop takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old. Today, rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2,500 years in Western education. Gregory Roper, on the other hand, helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past themselves learned: by carefully imitating masters of the craft, including Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Charles Dickens, Sojourner ...


The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009

Frustrated with the continuing educational crisis of our time, concerned parents, teachers, and students sense that true reform requires more than innovative classroom technology, standardized tests, or skills training. An older tradition—the Great Tradition—of education in the West is waiting to be heard. Since antiquity, the Great Tradition has defined education first and foremost as the hard work of rightly ordering the human soul, ...


Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
Paul Kengor

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

Historian Kengor shines a light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the dupe. Packed with stunning revelations, "Dupes" shows in frightening detail the extent to which U.S. adversaries exploit the American homefront.


Roots Of American Order
Russell Kirk

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

In this now classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth of the United States. Advertising.


Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise
Peter Lawson-Johnston

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006

In Growing Up Guggenheim, Peter Lawson-Johnston, a Guggenheim himself, and the board president who oversaw the transformation of the renowned museum from a local New York institution to a global art venture, shares a personal memoir that includes intimate portraits of the five people principally responsible for the entire Guggenheim art legacy. In addition to first-hand biographical accounts of his grandfather Solomon Guggenheim (the museum's ...


Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature
Mr. Anthony Esolen

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007

In Ironies of Faith, celebrated Dante scholar and translator Anthony Esolen provides a profound meditation upon the use and place of irony in Christian art and in the Christian life. Beginning with an extended analysis of irony as an essentially dramatic device, Esolen explores those manifestations of irony that appear prominently in Christian thinking and art: ironies of time (for Christians believe in divine Providence, but live in a world ...


Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin
Tracy Lee Simmons

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007

In Climbing Parnassus , winner of the 2005 Paideia Prize, Tracy Lee Simmons presents a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in and of the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.


WE STILL HOLD THESE TRUTHS: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future
Matthew Spalding

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

At a time when economic crisis, ever-expanding government, rising international threats, declining civic education, and many other problems cloud America's future, political leaders increasingly pay lip service to 'first principles' - the principles on which the nation was founded. But just what are those principles? On that question, sadly, politicians and pundits have little to say. Fortunately, Matthew Spalding provides the answer in "We ...



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