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THE SURVIVAL OF WESTERN CULTURE—Ralph Tyler Flewelling— Harper ($3).

Author Flewelling, director of the school of philosophy at the University of Southern California, attempts to answer Oswald Spengler's pessimism. His long professorial study of what civilization is and can be is weakened by its diffuseness and strengthened by its Old Testament fervor. Says Professor Flewelling: "We need a wind in the world which shall sweep away our whole refuge of lies." When a society's institutions no longer possess vitality, the life of people within that society becomes false. Contemporary Western civilization, for all...

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