Tagged: Swift

Alumni response to Brooks in NYTimes

A guest post from Core alumna Erin McDonagh, CAS ’10): New York Times columnist David Brooks recently discussed the results, 250 years later, of the split between the French Enlightenment and the English one. The French “emphasized individualism and reason,” while the British thinkers focused on social sentiments. As our modern selves learn to rely […]

A Common Misreading of Gulliver’s Travels

The Times Literary Supplement recently addressed how people are often mislead into thinking Jonathan Swift presents a negative view of human nature in Gulliver’s Travels, a book read in the second year of the Core Humanities: Yet what readers tend also to be told is that the moral system of Houyhnhnms, according to which no […]