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A Great Books Sensibility, Part 2: The Case of Chicago Activist Mary Lou Wolff

I. Two weeks ago I promised a brief series of 3-4 posts on what it means to have “a great books sensibility.” The first post outlined some theoretical considerations. I noted that my thinking about “sensibilities” is informed by the recent work of Daniel Wickberg, who in turn was inspired by the work of other historians and the writings of William James. I also laid out some characteristics of those with a GBS: a style of critical thinking, perhaps but not strictly linked to Adler’s How to Read a Book; awareness of deeper ideas: components of reason and affect; the Read more