Jacques Martin Barzun (1907–) is a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He attended Columbia University and later taught there.
For years, he and literary critic Lionel Trilling, ran Columbia's famous Great Books course.
Jacques Barzun has continued to write on education and cultural history since retiring from Columbia.
At 84 years of age, he began writing his 800-page From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present.
Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History