The Uniqueness of Western Civilization Series

What and who is a Westerner, a European? What are traits that connect ancient inhabitants of Europe to the people of today? This series of five summaries draw from the book, The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, by Ricardo Duchesne. In it, the author takes a long view of history and exposes that which remains constant underneath the regular changes and explorations that Europeans have engaged … Continue reading The Uniqueness of Western Civilization Series

Shadow of the Rose: The War on Love

For video presentation, please scroll to the bottom. — Charles Upon and Jennifer Doane Upton are a married American couple who together wrote a book called Shadow of the Rose: The Esoterism of the Romantic Tradition. In it they discuss the roots of medieval romantic chivalry, and how ideas about love–and love’s mingling with social custom and law–developed in the West. Here I’llĀ  reflect on … Continue reading Shadow of the Rose: The War on Love