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29 November 2017

A vote of confidence in western civilisation

An Australian philanthropist has endowed a program for studying the Great Books

Australian businessman Paul Ramsay made a fortune in private health care and regional television. When he died in 2014, he left his A$3 billion fortune to establish a philanthropic foundation. A good chunk of that is being invested in The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, a program for revitalising the study of the humanities in Australia. MercatorNet spoke with Dr Stephen McInerney, Executive Officer (Academic) at the Ramsay Centre, about this ambitious project.

For the full interview see The Mercatornet

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21 November 2017

Howard and Beazley unite to launch Ramsay Centre

At the launch of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, Kim Beazley praised John Howard as “the most effective conservative leader there has been in the history of this country”, adding with a rueful laugh that it was to Mr Beazley’s great detriment.

To read the full article see The Australian

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17 November 2017

Thinking person’s guide to what it means to be human

Stephen McInerney, Executive Officer (academic), Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation:

Too great a focus on efficient outcomes in universities misses one of the sublime lessons of liberal education, that the most important things — the nature of the real, beauty, goodness, love, honour, justice, family, friendship, the meaning of home and work — cannot finally be quantified by any scientific or statistical measurement. That which can be quantified, however important it may seem, is usually trivial by comparison.

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17 November 2017

From slaves to senators, we’re all human

CEO Simon Haines in The Australian:

Terence, was one of the two great comic playwrights of Republican Rome. His most celebrated legacy is the line homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto: “I am human, so nothing human is alien to me.” … At the fledgling Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, we think of our name as a rephrasing of Terence: civis sum, civilis nihil a me alienum puto. We are citizens, so nothing civilised is alien to us. But for many of our fellow citizens in the West — students, commentators, activists — everything civilised seems alien, barbarian, other.

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17 November 2017

The GLAMorous Humanities


The GLAMorous Humanities – CEO of The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation Professor Simon Haines at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, ANU 8-10 November 2017.

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The unexamined life is not worth living "
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