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Recommended Readings on Liberal Education and the Great Books

In Great Books of the Western World
Plato:
Republic, Books III, VII;
Meno;
Protagoras;
Laws, Book VII;
"The Seventh Letter"
Aristotle:
Politics, Books VII, VIII
Marcus Aurelius:
The Meditations, Book I
Augustine:
The Confessions, Books I-III;
On Christian Doctrine, Books II-III
Montaigne: Essays,
"Of Pedantry,"
"Of the Education of Children,"
"Of Vain Subtleties,"
"Of Books"
Rabelais:
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I, Chs. 14-24
Bacon:
The Advancement of Learning
Descartes:
Rules for the Direction of the Mind;
Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason
Milton:
Areopagitica
Montesquieu:
The Spirit of Laws, Book IV
Smith:
The Wealth of Nations, Book V, Ch. 1, Part 3, Article II
Marx:
Capital, Ch. 15, Sections 3, 9. (3a)
James:
Principles of Psychology, Ch. IV
Freud: "The Sexual Enlightenment of Children"
Note: See also the first three volumes of Great Books of the Western World: Vol. 1, The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education; Vols. 2, 3, The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World

In Other Works
Aquinas, Thomas (1225-1274):
Summa Theologica (1265-1272), Part II-II, QQ. 166-167 "Concerning the Teacher"
Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888):
Culture and Anarchy (1869);
Essays in Criticism (1888)
Augustine (354-430):
Concerning the Teacher (389)
Bacon, Francis: Essays (1625),
"Of Custom and Education,"
"Of Studies"
Barzun, Jacques(b. 1907):
The Teacher in America;
The House of Intellect
Buber, Martin (1878-1965):
Between Man and Man, III. "Education," IV. "The Education of Character"
Castiglione, Baldassare (1478-1529):
The Book of the Courtier (1528)
Comenius, Johannes A. (1592-1670):
The Great Didactic; (1657)
The School of Infancy (1657)
Conant, James B. (1893-1978):
Education and Liberty
Dewey, John(1859-1952):
Democracy and Education (1916);
The School and Society (1899);
Experience and Education
Erasmus, Desiderius (1469-1536):
On Liberal Education;
The Education of a Christian Prince (1516)
Flexner, Abraham (1866-1959):
Universities
Harvard Committee:
General Education in a Free Society (1893)
Hutchins, Robert M. (1899-1977):
The Higher Learning in America (1936);
Education for Freedom (1943);
The University of Utopia;
The Conflict in Education
Maritain, Jacques (1882-1973):
Education at the Crossroads (1966)
Martin, Everett Dean:
The Meaning of a Liberal Educatim
Meiklejobn, Alexander(1872-1964):
The Liberal College;
The Experimental College
Mill, James (1773-1836) and J. S.:
On Education
Mill, John Stuart (1806-1873):
Autobiography (1873)
Montessori, Maria (1870-1952):
The Montessori Method (1909)
National Education Association:
Education for Work, Citizenship, and Leisure (1918)
Newman, John Henry (1801-1890):
The Idea of a University (1852)
Nietzsche, Friedrich (1844-1900):
On the Future of Our Educational Institutions (1872);
Thoughts Out of Season, III. "Schopenhauer as Educator"
Richards, Ivor Armstrong (1893-1979):
How to Read a Page;
Interpretation in Teaching (1938)
Rousseau, Jean Jacques (1712-1778):
Emile, or Education (1762)
Russell, Bertrand (1872-1970):
Education and the Good Life (1926)
Van Doren, Mark (1894-1972):
Liberal Education (1943)
Veblen, Thorstein B. (1857-1929):
The Higher Learning in America (1918)
Whitehead, Alfred N. (1861-1947):
The Aims of Education(1912-1928)

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Adapted from
Adler's Philosophical Dictionary (1995)
and
Great Ideas from the Great Books (1963)
by Mortimer J. Adler

Revised 4 November 2000

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