Classics and the Western Canon

This is a group to read and discuss those books generally referred to as “the classics” or “the Western canon.” Books which have shaped Western thought over the years; books which Robert Hutchins, in his essay for the Great Books of the Western World series, considered important works in “The Great Conversation.”

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Fear and Trembling
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Start date
June 10, 2020
Finish date
July 7, 2020
Discussion
Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Why we're reading this
Third Major Read of 2020
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Problem 3 and Epilogue
By Thomas · 69 posts · 24 views
last updated 53 minutes ago
Problems 1 and 2
By Thomas · 111 posts · 47 views
last updated Jul 03, 2020 06:43AM
Preliminary Outpouring
By Thomas · 86 posts · 51 views
last updated Jun 29, 2020 06:52AM
Prefatory Material
By Thomas · 107 posts · 71 views
last updated Jun 15, 2020 10:13PM
Discussion Schedule and Translations
By Thomas · 12 posts · 80 views
last updated Jun 13, 2020 07:47AM
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+ Introductions
Please introduce yourself~
By Everyman · 1593 posts · 1586 views
last updated Jul 02, 2020 01:27PM
Philosophy
By Donald · 10 posts · 269 views
last updated Apr 20, 2017 01:44PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. Reading List for "Great Books" high school class?
By Kate · 28 posts · 329 views
last updated Oct 02, 2016 05:51PM
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+ Tea room
* The Tea Shop 3
By Everyman · 1980 posts · 821 views
last updated Jun 18, 2020 02:46PM
Discomfort with reading from the perspective of gentry
By Garth · 24 posts · 59 views
last updated May 18, 2020 12:08PM
What do you think?
By Emiliy200 · 29 posts · 136 views
last updated Dec 01, 2019 07:34PM
Reading in High School
By Cass · 117 posts · 317 views
last updated Apr 20, 2019 06:08PM
Recommendations, please
By Laura · 75 posts · 309 views
last updated Dec 16, 2018 07:54AM
Showing 5 of 63 topics — 5,338 comments total
+ General
* Planning for our Third Read of 2020
By David · 24 posts · 71 views
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* Planning for our Second Read of 2020
By David · 44 posts · 100 views
last updated May 27, 2020 01:42PM
* Planning For Our First Read of 2020
By David · 59 posts · 115 views
last updated Mar 14, 2020 01:27PM
Additions for the bookshelf?
By Everyman · 50 posts · 185 views
last updated Jun 30, 2020 07:03AM
Planning For Our Fourth Read of 2019
By David · 22 posts · 103 views
last updated Oct 23, 2019 06:37PM
Showing 5 of 65 topics — 5,863 comments total
+ Interim Readings
* Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find
By David · 49 posts · 58 views
last updated Jun 26, 2020 05:48AM
* Edgar Allan Poe: The Man of the Crowd
By David · 46 posts · 55 views
last updated Jun 03, 2020 02:59PM
* Aeschylus -- Prometheus Bound
By Thomas · 106 posts · 63 views
last updated Apr 05, 2020 10:02PM
* Lullaby
By Tamara · 11 posts · 34 views
last updated Nov 10, 2019 05:12PM
* Cathedral
By Tamara · 19 posts · 42 views
last updated Nov 14, 2019 11:59AM
* Discussion Schedule
By David · 20 posts · 91 views
last updated Jan 31, 2020 10:09AM
* Background, context and other related comments
By David · 57 posts · 78 views
last updated Feb 21, 2020 11:15AM
* Week 1: 'Tristram Shandy, Vol 1, Chapters 1 - 12
By David · 50 posts · 57 views
last updated Nov 23, 2019 04:45PM
* Week 2: 'Tristram Shandy, Vol 1, Chapters 13 -20
By David · 23 posts · 38 views
last updated Jan 17, 2020 05:15PM
* Week 3: Vol 1: 21 - 30 Vol 1: 21 - Vol 2: 5
By David · 18 posts · 29 views
last updated Dec 09, 2019 10:33PM
Showing 5 of 19 topics — 1,265 comments total
+ Democracy in America
* Week 1: DIA Introduction through Vol 1 Part 1 Ch. 3
By David · 213 posts · 78 views
last updated Apr 15, 2019 07:48PM
* Week 2: DIA Vol 1 Part 1: Ch. 4 - 6
By David · 63 posts · 40 views
last updated Apr 06, 2019 08:51AM
* Week 5: DIA Vol 1 Part 2 Ch. 5(XIII)
By David · 48 posts · 35 views
last updated May 29, 2019 03:09PM
* De Officiis reading schedule
By Everyman · 4 posts · 123 views
last updated May 27, 2017 10:15PM
De Officiis Week 5 - Book 3 cantos 65-121 (and the work as a whole)
By Everyman · 23 posts · 45 views
last updated Jun 15, 2017 05:27AM
De Officiis Week 1 - Paragraphs 1-92
By Everyman · 66 posts · 86 views
last updated Jun 13, 2017 12:56PM
De Officiis Week 4 - Book 3 cantos 1-64
By Everyman · 17 posts · 47 views
last updated Jun 07, 2017 07:11PM
De Officiis, background and resources
By Everyman · 11 posts · 70 views
last updated Jun 01, 2017 08:47PM
* Reading Schedule for Republic Revisited
By Everyman · 13 posts · 209 views
last updated Mar 19, 2017 08:17AM
Republic Redux, Book 7
By Everyman · 37 posts · 54 views
last updated Nov 15, 2018 08:19AM
Republic Redux, Book 5
By Everyman · 38 posts · 64 views
last updated Mar 27, 2017 08:15PM
Republic Redux, Book 10
By Everyman · 38 posts · 45 views
last updated Mar 15, 2017 07:52AM
Republic Redux, Book 9
By Everyman · 22 posts · 37 views
last updated Mar 07, 2017 07:50PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 43 posts · 284 views
last updated Oct 12, 2016 11:27AM
The Grand Inquisitor
By Nate · 4 posts · 83 views
last updated Feb 15, 2019 07:53AM
Brothers Karamazov, Epilogue and the Book as a whole
By Everyman · 76 posts · 87 views
last updated Mar 20, 2017 08:55AM
Brothers Karamazov, Book 6
By Everyman · 53 posts · 74 views
last updated Dec 04, 2016 05:12PM
Translations
By Everyman · 35 posts · 112 views
last updated Dec 03, 2016 09:17PM
* "Four Quartets": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 55 posts · 95 views
last updated Jul 27, 2015 05:16PM
"The Waste Land": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 140 posts · 145 views
last updated Sep 18, 2015 01:29PM
4Q4. Little Gidding
By Laurel · 33 posts · 46 views
last updated Jul 20, 2015 12:43PM
Schedule and Resources
By Laurel · 86 posts · 96 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 12:13PM
4Q3. The Dry Salvages
By Laurel · 96 posts · 44 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 09:01AM
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+ Ulysses
* 18. Penelope and Ulysses as a whole
By Thomas · 184 posts · 132 views
last updated Nov 28, 2016 06:55PM
Ulysses Resources
By Thomas · 75 posts · 155 views
last updated Oct 30, 2017 12:57PM
16. Eumaeus
By Thomas · 113 posts · 80 views
last updated Dec 05, 2016 10:30AM
17. Ithaca
By Thomas · 126 posts · 106 views
last updated Oct 11, 2016 07:02PM
11. Sirens
By Thomas · 131 posts · 87 views
last updated Sep 04, 2016 01:53PM
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+ Henriad
* Henriad - reading schedule and structure
By Everyman · 10 posts · 114 views
last updated Nov 26, 2014 02:12PM
Henry V General Discussion
By Everyman · 40 posts · 62 views
last updated Feb 08, 2015 06:11AM
Henry IV Pt. 2 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 41 posts · 36 views
last updated Jan 24, 2015 03:40PM
Henriad - history and background
By Everyman · 89 posts · 70 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 06:05AM
Henry IV Pt. 1 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 80 posts · 57 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 04:12AM
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+ War and Peace
* War and Peace--Before we begin
By Laurel · 75 posts · 412 views
last updated Apr 20, 2017 12:12PM
Book 1C--Bald Hills
By Laurel · 59 posts · 115 views
last updated Nov 09, 2016 08:51PM
Epilogue 1 and 2
By Laurel · 15 posts · 56 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 09:21PM
Book 14
By Laurel · 3 posts · 35 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 08:40PM
Discussion Schedule
By Laurel · 26 posts · 123 views
last updated Dec 01, 2013 10:50PM
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+ Ovid - Metamorphoses
* Metamorphoses Book 14
By Everyman · 3 posts · 55 views
last updated Aug 09, 2013 01:46PM
* Metamorphoses Book 15
By Everyman · 23 posts · 51 views
last updated Aug 18, 2013 07:35PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 5 posts · 145 views
last updated Aug 05, 2013 01:58PM
Metamorphoses Book 11
By Everyman · 28 posts · 45 views
last updated Aug 19, 2013 02:43PM
Background and Resources
By Everyman · 62 posts · 150 views
last updated Aug 15, 2013 12:06AM
* The Odyssey through Book 24
By Everyman · 24 posts · 192 views
last updated Mar 10, 2016 06:15PM
* The Odyssey through Book 22
By Everyman · 41 posts · 53 views
last updated Jul 05, 2012 09:32PM
The Odyssey through Book 20
By Thomas · 40 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 01, 2012 10:15PM
The Odyssey through Book 18
By Everyman · 46 posts · 46 views
last updated Jun 22, 2012 11:22AM
The Odyssey through Book 12
By Everyman · 45 posts · 89 views
last updated Jun 11, 2012 05:17AM
* Iliad through Book 23
By Everyman · 64 posts · 74 views
last updated Mar 25, 2012 10:26AM
* Iliad through Book 24
By Everyman · 51 posts · 56 views
last updated Mar 29, 2012 05:11PM
Iliad through Book 18
By Everyman · 21 posts · 81 views
last updated Mar 21, 2016 09:18PM
Iliad Resources
By Everyman · 81 posts · 254 views
last updated Mar 13, 2015 10:18AM
Iliad Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 78 posts · 208 views
last updated Nov 10, 2013 05:37PM
* Swann's Way - Swann in Love
By Everyman · 62 posts · 156 views
last updated Dec 19, 2011 01:35PM
* Swann's Way - Overture and Combray
By Everyman · 207 posts · 185 views
last updated Dec 09, 2011 12:49PM
Discussion Schedule for Swann's Way
By Everyman · 2 posts · 126 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 04:40PM
References, resources, etc.
By Everyman · 60 posts · 86 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 08:18AM
Discussion: Place Names and book as a whole
By Everyman · 19 posts · 69 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 07:40PM
* The Republic - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 55 posts · 143 views
last updated Nov 11, 2011 03:52PM
* The Republic - Book 10
By Everyman · 31 posts · 51 views
last updated Oct 21, 2011 08:53PM
* The Republic - Book 9
By Everyman · 21 posts · 51 views
last updated Mar 06, 2012 08:54PM
* The Republic - Book 8
By Everyman · 54 posts · 40 views
last updated Oct 17, 2011 02:54PM
Preliminary thoughts on reading Plato
By Everyman · 36 posts · 125 views
last updated Feb 17, 2017 08:29AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 42 posts · 96 views
last updated Jul 13, 2011 10:46AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - Book 5
By Everyman · 28 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 08:16PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 3
By Everyman · 55 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 01:44PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 2
By Everyman · 159 posts · 66 views
last updated Jul 03, 2011 10:47PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 4
By Everyman · 33 posts · 59 views
last updated Jun 28, 2011 11:35AM
* Moby Dick--the book as a whole
By Laurel · 121 posts · 191 views
last updated May 28, 2011 07:48PM
* Week 6 - through Chapter 128
By Everyman · 63 posts · 56 views
last updated May 09, 2011 12:26PM
* Week 5 - through Chapter 108
By Everyman · 52 posts · 45 views
last updated May 04, 2011 05:14PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 34 posts · 154 views
last updated Apr 06, 2011 10:40PM
Week 1 - Chapters 1 - 20
By Everyman · 326 posts · 147 views
last updated May 28, 2011 09:38PM
* Week 9 - The Franklin's Tale
By Everyman · 7 posts · 48 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:18AM
* Week 9 - The Second Nun's Tale
By Everyman · 13 posts · 37 views
last updated Mar 12, 2011 06:51PM
* Week 9 - The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
By Everyman · 3 posts · 25 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:50AM
* Week 9 - The Manciple's Tale
By Everyman · 2 posts · 23 views
last updated Mar 03, 2011 01:11AM
* Week 9 - The Parsons' Tale
By Everyman · 1 post · 23 views
last updated Mar 02, 2011 10:00AM
* Themes
By Everyman · 64 posts · 67 views
last updated Jan 09, 2011 03:56PM
* Huckleberry Finn - Through End of Book
By Everyman · 75 posts · 67 views
last updated Dec 18, 2010 01:02PM
Related Writing by Mark Twain`
By Everyman · 44 posts · 59 views
last updated Jul 22, 2011 08:31AM
Huckleberry Finn - Biographical Information About Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain
By Everyman · 47 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 07, 2011 03:01AM
Huckleberry Finn - Through Chapter 32
By Everyman · 134 posts · 71 views
last updated Nov 28, 2010 03:15PM
* The Eumenides
By Everyman · 133 posts · 116 views
last updated Nov 07, 2010 05:31PM
Interesting and useful links
By Everyman · 11 posts · 109 views
last updated Feb 10, 2014 07:06PM
Related diversions
By Everyman · 24 posts · 99 views
last updated Dec 29, 2013 05:03PM
Agamemnon
By Everyman · 367 posts · 167 views
last updated Aug 21, 2011 07:05PM
The Libation Bearers (The Choephori)
By Everyman · 127 posts · 80 views
last updated Oct 26, 2010 08:22PM
* Paradise Lost--Through Book 12
By Everyman · 80 posts · 88 views
last updated Sep 04, 2010 06:49AM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 6 posts · 166 views
last updated Jun 29, 2010 01:17PM
Milton the Poet
By Everyman · 7 posts · 105 views
last updated Jul 06, 2014 05:31AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 11
By Everyman · 49 posts · 50 views
last updated Aug 24, 2010 04:25AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 10
By Everyman · 188 posts · 117 views
last updated Aug 23, 2010 07:06AM
* Book 8, Finale, whole work
By Everyman · 33 posts · 110 views
last updated Jun 06, 2010 08:40PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 18 posts · 191 views
last updated May 22, 2011 06:40PM
Book 7 - Chapters 63-71
By Everyman · 5 posts · 50 views
last updated May 11, 2010 10:36PM
Book 4 - Chapters 34-42
By Everyman · 46 posts · 62 views
last updated May 10, 2010 05:19PM
Book 6 - Chapters 54-62
By Everyman · 5 posts · 57 views
last updated May 06, 2010 01:39AM
* Weeks 11 & 12 - through the end of the book & the book as a whole
By Everyman · 163 posts · 118 views
last updated Mar 06, 2011 05:14PM
* Week 10 - Thanksgiving break, catch-up if needed
By Everyman · 7 posts · 39 views
last updated Nov 30, 2009 08:44PM
* Reading Schedule for Les Miserables
By Everyman · 7 posts · 297 views
last updated Sep 19, 2009 07:12PM
Week 1 - Fantine Books 1-3
By Everyman · 123 posts · 156 views
last updated Dec 13, 2009 10:57AM
Week 9 - through Jean Valjean Book 3
By Everyman · 52 posts · 64 views
last updated Dec 03, 2009 09:19AM
* Reading Schedule for Don Quixote
By Everyman · 13 posts · 249 views
last updated Jul 21, 2009 05:04PM
* Week 10 - Reflective on Part 2 and whole book
By Everyman · 52 posts · 117 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 01:38AM
* Week 9 - through the end of Book 2
By Everyman · 5 posts · 43 views
last updated Aug 28, 2009 08:40PM
* Week 8 - .Part 2 throuigh Chapter 50
By Everyman · 25 posts · 45 views
last updated Sep 03, 2009 02:56PM
* Week 7 - Book 2 through chapter 33
By Everyman · 31 posts · 48 views
last updated Sep 02, 2009 03:14PM
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