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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Sacred Scrolls

A Compendium of Nashville Great Books Reading Lists:

Fall, 1990

Bible -Ecclesiastes
Sophocles -Oedipus the King
Freud -On Dreams
Kafka -Metamorphosis
Goethe -Faust, Part One
Kant -First Principles of Morals
Flaubert -A Simple Heart
Hume -Of Personal Identity
Nietzsche -Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Dante -The Inferno
Burke -Reflections on the Revolution in France
Adams -The Education of Henry Adams
Shakespeare -King Lear
Aristotle -On Tragedy
Plato -The Republic


Schopenhauer - The Indestructibility of Our Inner Nature
Euripides - Medea
Weber -The Spirit of Capitalism
Moliere -The Misanthrope
Gibbon -The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Bible -Job
Mill -Utilitarianism
George Bernard Shaw -Caesar and Cleopatra
St. Augustine -The City of God
Plato -Symposium
Montaigne -Of Experience
Diderot -Rameau's Nephew
Shakespeare -The Tempest
Hamilton, Jay, Madison -The Federalist
Gogol -The Overcoat

Fall, 1988

Dewey -Habits and Will
J.S. Mill -On Liberty
Shakespeare -Hamlet
Bible -The Gospel of Mark
Thucydides -History of the Peloponnesian War
Clausewitz -What is War?
Chekov -Uncle Vanya
Maimonides -On Evil
Homer -The Iliad
Montesquieu -The Principles of Government
Chaucer -The Canterbury Tales
Aeschylus -Agamemnon
William James -The Beast in the Jungle
Machiavelli -The Prince
Tolstoy -The Death of Ivan Ilych

Fall, 1987

Plato -The Crito
Dewey -The Virtues
Euripides -Iphigeneia at Aulis
Aristotle -Politics
Dostoevsky -Notes from the Underground
Bible -Exodus
Hobbes -Origin of Government
Melville -Billy Budd, Sailor
Adam Smith -The Wealth of Nations
Shakespeare -Antony and Cleopatra
Kierkegaard -The Knight of Faith
Herodotus -The Persian Wars
Locke -Of Civil Government
Swift -Gulliver's Travels
Thoreau -On Civil Disobedience

Fall, 1986
Chekhov -Rothchild's Fiddle
Aristotle -On Happiness
Plato -The Apology
Conrad -Heart of Darkness
Kant -Conscience
Marx -Alienated Labor
Bible -Genesis
Freud -Civilization and Its Discontents
Rousseau -The Social Contract
Darwin -The Moral Sense of Man and the Lower Animals
Shakespeare -Othello
Hume -Of Justice and Injustice
Tocqueville -The Power of the Majority
Simmel -Individual Freedom
Sophocles -Antigone


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