Charles Murray Justifies the Canon

In Human Accomplishment, AEI Scholar Charles Murray analyzes the conditions that have enabled — and undercut — scientific and artistic excellence throughout history.  His book presents a challenge to the postmodern, culturally relativist education of host Grant v.  How can one define musical greatness?  Will anything being made today last?

Discussed:  Human Accomplishment by Charles Murray; David Hume; the Lotka curve;  Pitchfork’s 10/10 review of Kid A; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Ceaseless Fun by Derek Spencer; Thomas Aquinas

Western music’s top ten:

  1. Beethoven
  2. Mozart
  3. J.S. Bach
  4. Wagner
  5. Haydn
  6. Handel
  7. Stravinsky
  8. Debussy
  9. Liszt
  10. Schubert

Bonus:  Dr. Murray explains why he thinks Groundhog Day will be watched hundreds of years from now:


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