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Recommended Readings on Liberal Education and the Great Books

In Great Books of the Western World
Republic, Books III, VII;
Laws, Book VII;
"The Seventh Letter"
Politics, Books VII, VIII
Marcus Aurelius:
The Meditations, Book I
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"
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I, Chs. 14-24
The Advancement of Learning
Rules for the Direction of the Mind;
Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason
The Spirit of Laws, Book IV
The Wealth of Nations, Book V, Ch. 1, Part 3, Article II
Capital, Ch. 15, Sections 3, 9. (3a)
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):
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)
Great Ideas from the Great Books (1963)
by Mortimer J. Adler

Revised 4 November 2000