Thursday, September 08, 2005

Charles Murray: Human Accomplishment

Defining and measuring the topology of excellence in the arts and sciences over a span of some three millennia, Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment scales the alpine peaks of human achievement and then plumbs their foundations. In a world of cultural relativism and sentimental diversity. he dares expound a theory of hierarchy founded on enduring structures of thoughts and objective ideals. [...] Joining the titans he celebrates, Murray's tome displays both the "intellectual structure" and the "transcendental gods" that mark a work of genius. (George Gilder, on Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950) (italian version)

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