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The Great Conversation is a reading group dedicated to reading the great works of Western civilization as outlined in Britannica Great Books of the Western World, edited by Mortimer Adler. This group is secular in nature in order to promote open-minded, objective discussion of the great works.

10-year Reading Plan for The Great Conversation Secular
**The Volume and page numbers refer to Britannica’s “Great Books of the Western World” series that The Great Conversation ten-year reading plan is derived from. Group members do not need to have this set to follow along with the readings in other editions. Please keep in mind that since the number of pages per month is represented by a set of books with very small print and dual columns, the actual number of pages in other volumes will be approximately two times greater. Each month contains an average of 80-120 pages of reading from the Great Books of the Western World editions, which would mean around 150-250 pages of reading in other editions. We decided as a group to move some of the novel readings up in the schedule to reflect our interests, rather than following Adler's plan exactly.

LOCKE: Concerning Civil Government [Second Essay]
Vol. 35, pp. 25-89 (65 pages)

November-December 2007:
CERVANTES: Don Quixote
Vol. 29, pp. xi-429 (429 pages)

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  • Mar 14, 2007
  • English

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