Great Conversation Reading Group

Nov 2023 HARVEY: On the Generation of Animals [Introduction—Exercise 62]

Dec 2023 CERVANTES: Don Quixote [Part II]

Jan 2024 KANT: Critique of Judgement [Critique of Teleological Judgement]

Feb 2024 GOETHE: Faust [Part II]

Mar 2024 DARWIN: The Descent of Man [Part I; Part III, Ch. 21]

Apr 2024 MARX: Capital [Part VII-VIII]

May 2024 JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. I, V-VII]

Jun 2024 FREUD: A General Introduction to Psycho-analysis

Jul 2024 BOSWELL: The Life of Samuel Johnson

Aug 2024 ERASMUS: In Praise of Folly

Sep 2024 HUIZINGA: The Waning of the Middle Ages [XI – XXIII]

Oct 2024 EDDINGTON: The Expanding Universe

Nov 2024 T.S. ELIOT: The Waste Land

Dec 2024 PLATO: Apology, Crito

Jan 2025 ARISTOPHANES: Clouds, Lysistrata

Feb 2025 PLATO: Republic [Book I-II]

Mar 2025 ARISTOTLE: Ethics [Book I]

April 2025 ARISTOTLE: Politics [Book I]

May 2025 PLUTARCH: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Alexander, Caesar]

June 2025 NEW TESTAMENT: [The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, The Acts of the Apostles]

Jul 2025 ST. AUGUSTINE: Confessions [Book I-VIII]

Aug 2025 MACHIAVELLI: The Prince

Sept 2025 RABELAIS: Gargantua and Pantagruel [Book I-II]

Oct 2025 MONTAIGNE: 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; That the Relish of Good and Evil Depends in a Great Measure upon the Opinion We Have of Them; Upon Some Verses of Virgil]

Nov 2025 SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet

Dec 2025 LOCKE: Concerning Civil Government [Second Essay]

Jan 2026 ROUSSEAU: The Social Contract [Book I-II]

Feb 2026 GIBBON: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [Ch. 15-16]

Mar 2026 The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Federalist [Numbers 1-10, 15, 31, 47, 51, 68-71]

Apr 2026 SMITH: The Wealth of Nations [Introduction—Book I, Ch. 9]

May 2026 MARX—ENGELS: Manifesto of the Communist Party

Jun 2026 TOCQUEVILLE – Democracy in America [Vol 1, part II ch 6-8]

Jul 2026 IBSEN – The Master Builder

Aug 2026 SCHRODINGER – What is Life?

How To Join
Ten Year Reading Plan