The Great Ideas Program

Contents

Volume

  1. A General Introduction to the Great Books and to a Liberal Education
  2. The Development of Political Theory and Government
  3. Foundations of Science and Mathematics
  4. Religion and Theology
  5. Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence
  6. Imaginative Literature I: from Homer to Shakespeare
  7. Imaginative Literature II: from Cervantes to Dostoevsky
  8. Ethics: The Study of Moral Values
  9. Biology, Psychology, and Medicine
  10. Philosophy

Volume

  1. Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff,
    A General Introduction to the Great Books and to a Liberal Education

    Preface by Robert M. Hutchins

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. PLATO, Apology and Crito; p. 1

    2. PLATO, The Republic, Book I-II; p. 11

    3. SOPHOCLES, Oedipus the King and Antigone; p. 25

    4. ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics, Book I; p. 37

    5. ARISTOTLE, Politics, Book I; p. 47.

    6. PLUTARCH, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, "Lycurgus," "Numa Pompilius," "Lycurgus and Numa Compared," "Alexander," and "Caesar"; p. 63.

    7. The Bible, Old Testament, Job; p. 75.

    8. ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions, Books I-VIII; p. 87.

    9. MONTAIGNE, The Essays, "Of Custom and That We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received," "Of Pedantry," "Of the Education of Children," "That It Is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity," "Of Cannibals," and "That the Relish of Good and Evil Depends in a Great Measure upon the Opinion We Have of Them"; p. 99.

    10. SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet; p. 111.

    11. LOCKE, Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay; p. 123.

    12. SWIFT, Gulliver's Travels; p. 137.

    13. GIBBON, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Ch. XV-XVI; p. 147.

    14. The Declaration of Independence,
      The Constitution of the United States of America,
      The Federalist, Nos. 1-10, 15, 31, 47, 51, 68-72; p. 159.

    15. MARX and ENGELS, Manifesto of the Communist Party; p. 175.

  2. Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff,
    The Development of Political Theory and Government

    Preface by Hon. William Benton

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. PLATO, The Republic, Books II-V; p. 1.

    2. ARISTOTLE, Politics, Book I; p. 17.

    3. PLUTARCH, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, "Agis," "Cleomenes," "Tiberius Gracchus," "Caius Gracchus," and "Caius and Tiberius Gracchus and Agis and Cleomenes Compared"; p. 31.

    4. The Bible, Old Testament, I Samuel, I Kings,
      New Testament, Matthew 22:15-22, and Acts 21:1-26; p. 43.

    5. TACITUS, The Annals, Books I, XIII-XVI; p. 57.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I-II, QQ. 90-97; p. 71.

    7. MACHIAVELLI, The Prince; p. 87.

    8. HOBBES, Leviathan, Introduction and ch. 13-21; p. 99.

    9. SHAKESPEARE, King Henry the Fourth, Parts I and II; p. 117.

    10. MONTESQUIEU, The Spirit of Laws, Preface-Book XIII; p. 133.

    11. ROUSSEAU, The Social Contract, Books I-II;
      LOCKE, Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay; p. 149.

    12. KANT, The Science of Right, Introduction and Second Part; p. 163.

    13. J. S. MILL, Representative Government, Ch. 1-8;
      The Federalist, Nos. 1-10, 15, 31, 47, 51, 68-72; p. 177.

    14. HEGEL, Philosophy of Right, Introduction and Third Part, Subsection III (The State); p. 195.

    15. J. S. MILL, On Liberty; p. 207.

  3. Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff,
    Foundations of Science and Mathematics

    Preface by Curtis Wilson

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. EUCLID, Elements, Definitions, Postulates, Common Notions, Prop. 1-26; p. 1.

    2. EUCLID, Elements, Prop. 27-48; p. 19.

    3. ARCHIMEDES, On the Equilibrium of Planes, Book I, Prop. 1-7; p. 33.

    4. NICOMACHUS, Introduction to Arithmetic, Book I, Ch. 1-16; p. 47.

    5. ARCHIMEDES, On Floating Bodies, Book I, Postulate I, Prop. 1-7; p. 61.

    6. PTOLEMY, The Almagest, Book I, Ch. 1-8; Book III, Ch. 3-4; p. 75.

    7. COPERNICUS, On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres, Introduction and Book I, Ch. 1-11; p. 91.

    8. KEPLER, Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, Books IV and V [selections]; p. 105.

    9. GALILEO, The Two New Sciences, Third Day [selections]; p. 117.

    10. BACON, Novum Organum, Preface, Book I, Aph. 1-65; Book II, Aph. 1-20; p. 133.

    11. PASCAL, Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids; p. 147.

    12. NEWTON, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Prefaces, Definitions, Axioms; Book III, Rules, General Scholium; p. 161.

    13. NEWTON, Optics, Book I, Part I, Definitions, Axioms, Prop. 1-2; Book III, Part I, Queries 27-31; p. 179.

    14. HUYGENS, Treatise on Light, Preface, Ch. I-IV; p. 193.

    15. LAVOISIER, Elements of Chemistry, Preface, Part I, Ch. I-VIII; p. 211.

  4. Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain,
    Religion and Theology

    Preface by John Cogley, Maurice Friedman and Wilhelm Pauck

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound; p. 1.

    2. PLATO, Euthyphro;
      Laws, Book X; p. 17.

    3. The Bible Old Testament, Genesis 12:1-9, 13:14-18, 18:17-33, 22:1-19;
      Exodus 3-4, 6:1-8, 14-15, 19-20, 24; p. 31.

    4. The Bible New Testament, Matthew; p. 49.

    5. ST. AUGUSTINE, The Confessions, Book XI, Sections I-XIII; Book XII; p. 67.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I, Q. 1; Part II-II, QQ. 1-3; p. 85.

    7. DANTE, The Divine Comedy, "Paradise"; p. 109.

    8. HOBBES, Leviathan, Part I, Ch. 12; Part II, Ch. 31; Part III, Ch. 23; p. 125.

    9. MONTAIGNE, The Essays, "That a Man Is Soberly to Judge of the Divine Ordinances," "Of Prayers," Of Liberty of Conscience"; p. 143.

    10. MILTON, Paradise Lost, Books I-III; p. 157.

    11. PASCAL, Pensees, Sections III-IV; p.173.

    12. LOCKE, A Letter Concerning Toleration;
      An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV, Ch. XVIII-XIX; p. 193.

    13. HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections X-XI; p. 209.

    14. DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov, Book VI, "The Russian Monk"; p. 233.

    15. FREUD, Civilization and Its Discontents, I-II;
      New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Lecture 35; p. 251.

  5. Mortimer J. Adler and Peter Wolff,
    Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence

    Preface by Edward H. Levi

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. AESCHYLUS, Oresteia: Agamemnon; Choephoroe; Eumenides; p. 1.

    2. PLATO, Euthyphro; Laws, Books I and IV [selections]; Apology; p. 17.

    3. ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics, Book V; p. 29.

    4. The Bible, Old Testament, Exodus 19-20; Deuteronomy 5-6; New Testament, Matthew 15:1-20; Romans 7-8; p. 45.

    5. ARISTOTLE, The Athenian Constitution;
      PLUTARCH, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, "Solon"; p. 61.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I-II, QQ. 90, 94; p. 73.

    7. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica Part I-II, QQ. 95-97; p. 91.

    8. HOBBES, Leviathan, Ch. 14-15, 26-28; p. 103.

    9. SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice ; p. 123.

    10. MONTESQUIEU, The Spirit of Laws, Books I, XIV-XVII, XXIX; p. 141.

    11. ROUSSEAU, A Discourse on Political Economy; The Social Contract, Book II; p. 157.

    12. KANT, The Science of Right, Part I; p. 173.

    13. Articles of Confederation; The Constitution of the United States of America; p. 191.

    14. HEGEL, The Philosophy of Right, Third Part, Subsection II, B (The Administration of Justice); p. 207.

    15. DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov, Book XII, "A Judicial Error"; p. 221.

  6. Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain,
    Imaginative Literature I: from Homer to Shakespeare

    Preface by Saul Bellow

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. HOMER, The Odyssey ; p. 1.

    2. EURIPIDES, Medea; Electra; Orestes; p. 25.

    3. ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds; The Birds; The Lysistrata; p. 55.

    4. VIRGIL, The Aeneid; p. 81.

    5. DANTE, The Divine Comedy; p. 109.

    6. CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales; p. 137.

    7. RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel; p. 167.

    8. SHAKESPEARE, Othello; King Lear; Macbeth; p. 197.

  7. Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain,
    Imaginative Literature II: from Cervantes to Dostoevsky

    Preface by Joseph Wood Krutch

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. CERVANTES, The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha; p. 1.

    2. MILTON, Paradise Lost; p. 31.

    3. FIELDING, Tom Jones; p. 69.

    4. GOETHE, Faust; p. 103.

    5. MELVILLE, Moby Dick; p. 139.

    6. TOLSTOY, War and Peace; p. 171.

    7. DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov; p.203.

  8. Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain,
    Ethics: The Study of Moral Values

    Preface by William Ernest Hocking

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. PLATO, Laches; p. 1.

    2. PLATO, Gorgias; p. 15.

    3. ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics, Books I and X; p. 37.

    4. ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, Book III, Ch. 1-5; p. 53.

    5. EPICTETUS, The Discourses, Book I; p. 71.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I-II, "Treatise on the Last End", QQ. 1-5; p. 89.

    7. HOBBES, Leviathan, Part I, Ch. 6, 8, 10-11, 13-15; p. 107.

    8. MONTAIGNE, The Essays, "That to study philosophy is to learn to die," "Of moderation," "Of cannibals," "That we are to avoid pleasures, even at the expense of life," "That the relish of good and evil depends in a great measure upon the opinion we have of them," "Of drunkenness," "Of cruelty," "Of glory," "Of virtue," "Of anger," "Of repentance"; p. 129.

    9. SPINOZA, Ethics, Part V; p. 157.

    10. LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book I, Ch. 2; Book II, Ch. 20, Ch. 21, Sections 42-44, Ch. 28; Book III, Ch. 11, Sections 16-17; Book IV, Ch. 3, Sections 18-20; p. 183.

    11. KANT, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals; p. 207.

    12. KANT, The Critique of Practical Reason; p. 227.

    13. HEGEL, The Philosophy of Right, Third Part, Subsection I, "The Family", with Additions 101-115; p. 241.

    14. MILL, Utilitarianism; p. 257.

    15. DARWIN, The Descent of Man, Part I, Ch. 4-5; p. 279.

  9. Mortimer J. Adler and V. J. McGill,
    Biology, Psychology, and Medicine

    Preface by Dr. Franz Alexander

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. HIPPOCRATES, The Oath, On Ancient Medicine, On the Sacred Disease; p. 1.

    2. PLATO, The Meno; p. 15.

    3. ARISTOTLE, On the Soul, Book II; p. 31.

    4. ARISTOTLE, On the Parts of Animals, Book I; p. 47.

    5. GALEN, On the Natural Faculties, Books I and II; p. 63.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I-II, QQ. XLIX-LIV; p. 83.

    7. HOBBES, Leviathan, Part I, Ch. 1-10; p. 107.

    8. LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II ; p. 131.

    9. HARVEY, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals ; p. 155.

    10. DARWIN, The Origin of Species, Ch. 3-4; p. 183.

    11. DARWIN, The Descent of Man, Part I, Ch. 1-4; p. 217.

    12. JAMES, The Principles of Psychology, Ch. 9-10; p. 253.

    13. JAMES, The Principles of Psychology, Ch. 25-26; p. 287.

    14. FREUD, The Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis; Selected Papers on Hysteria, Ch. 3; A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis, Lectures 13-14; p. 317.

    15. FREUD, A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis, Lectures 20-21; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Lectures 30-31; p. 349.

  10. Mortimer J. Adler and Seymour Cain,
    Philosophy

    Preface by Richard McKeon

    Foreward

    A Note on Reference Style

    Reading

    1. PLATO, The Republic, Books V and VI, [473]-[503], Book VII, [514]-[521]; p. 1.

    2. PLATO, The Republic, Book VI, [509]-[513]; p. 19.

    3. ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics, Book I; p. 35.

    4. ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics, Book IV; p. 57.

    5. LUCRETIUS, On the Nature of Things, Books I and II; p. 73.

    6. AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I, "Treatise on God," QQ. XVI-XVII ; p. 93.

    7. MONTAIGNE, The Essays, "Apology for Raimond de Sebonde"; p. 109.

    8. BACON, Advancement of Learning, Book II, Ch. 5-24; p. 131.

    9. DESCARTES, Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, Parts I-IV; p. 151.

    10. SPINOZA, Ethics, Part I; p. 173.

    11. LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV "Of Knowledge and Probability," Ch. 1-4; p. 197.

    12. BERKELEY, The Principles of Human Knowledge; p. 215.

    13. HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections I-VIII; p. 231.

    14. KANT, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface to the First Edition, Preface to the Second Edition, Introduction, I "Transcendental Doctrine of Elements," First Part; p. 251.

    15. JAMES, The Principles of Psychology, Ch. 28; p. 275.

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