Great Books Reading Project

2017

January
PLATO: Apology, Crito
ARISTOPHANES: Clouds, Lysistrata

February
PLATO: Republic [Book I, Book II]
ARISTOTLE: Ethics [Book I]Politics [Book I]

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

April
NEW TESTAMENT: The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, The Acts of the
Apostles
ST. AUGUSTINE: Confessions [Book I, Book II, Book III, Book IV, Book V, Book VI, Book VII, Book VIII]

May
MACHIAVELLI: The Prince [Dedication, Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VI, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XIV, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI, Chapter XVII, Chapter XVIII, Chapter XIX, Chapter XX, Chapter XXI, Chapter XXII, Chapter XXIII, Chapter XXIV, Chapter XXV, Chapter XXVI]

June
RABELAIS: Gargantua and Pantagruel [Books I-II]

July
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]

August
SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet
LOCKE: Concerning Civil Government [Second Essay]

September
ROUSSEAU: The Social Contract [Book I-II]
GIBBON: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [Ch. 15-16]

October
The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The
Federalist [Numbers 1-10, 15, 31, 47, 51, 68-71]
SMITH: The Wealth of Nations [Introduction—Book I, Ch. 9]

November
MARX—ENGELS: Manifesto of the Communist Party
TOCQUEVILLE – Democracy in America [Vol 1, part II ch 6-8]

December
IBSEN – The Master Builder
SCHRODINGER – What is Life?

2018

January
HOMER: The Iliad [Book I, Book II, Book III, Book IV, Book V, Book VI, Book VII, Book VIII, Book IX, Book X, Book XI]

February
AESCHYLUS: Agamemnon, Choephoroe, Eumenides
SOPHOCLES: Oedipus the King, Antigone

March
HERODOTUS: The History [Book I-II]
PLATO: Meno

April
ARISTOTLE: Poetics
ARISTOTLE: Ethics [Book II; Book III, Ch. 5-12; Book VI, Ch. 8-13]

May
NICOMACHUS: Introduction to Arithmetic
LUCRETIUS: On the Nature of Things [Book I-IV]

June
MARCUS AURELIUS: Meditations
HOBBES: Leviathan [Part I]

July
MILTON: Areopagitica
PASCAL: Pensées [Numbers 72, 82-83, 100, 128, 131, 139, 142-143, 171, 194-
195, 219, 229, 233-234, 242, 273, 277, 282, 289, 298, 303, 320, 323, 325, 330-331,
374, 385, 392, 395-397, 409, 412-413, 416, 418, 425, 430, 434-435, 463, 491, 525-
531, 538, 543, 547, 553, 556, 564, 571, 586, 598, 607-610, 613, 619-620, 631, 640,
644, 673, 675, 684, 692-693, 737, 760, 768, 792-793]

August
PASCAL: Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle
SWIFT: Gulliver’s Travels

September
ROUSSEAU: A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
KANT: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals

October
MILL: On Liberty
VOLTAIRE: Candide

November
NIETZSCHE: Beyond Good and Evil

December
WHITEHEAD: Science and the Modern World [Ch I – VI]

2019

January
AESCHYLUS: Prometheus Bound
HERODOTUS: The History [Book VII-IX]

February
THUCYDIDES: The History of the Peloponnesian War [Book I-II, V]
PLATO: Statesman

March
ARISTOTLE: On Interpretation [Ch. 1-10]
ARISTOTLE: Politics [Book III-V]

April
EUCLID: Elements [Book I]
TACITUS: The Annals

May
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I-II, QQ 90-97]

June
CHAUCER: Troilus and Cressida
SHAKESPEARE: Macbeth

July
MILTON: Paradise Lost

August
LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding [Book III, Ch. 1-3, 9-11]
KANT: Science of Right

September
MILL: Representative Government [Ch. 1-6]
LAVOISIER: Elements of Chemistry [Part I]

October
DOSTOEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov [Part I-II]
FREUD: The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis

November
TWAIN – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

December
LEVI-STRAUSS – Structural Anthropology [Selections]
POINCARÉ – Science and Hypothesis [Part I – II]

2020

January
EURIPIDES: Medea, Hippolytus, Trojan Women, The Bacchantes
PLATO: Republic [Book VI, Book VII]

February
PLATO: Theaetetus
ARISTOTLE: Physics [Book IV, Ch. 1-5, 10-14]

March
ARISTOTLE: Metaphysics [Book I, Ch. 1-2; Book IV; Book VI, Ch. 1; Book XI, Ch.
1-4]
ST. AUGUSTINE: Confessions [Book IX-XIII]

April
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 16-17, 84-88]
MONTAIGNE: Apology for Raymond de Sebonde

May
GALILEO: Two New Sciences [Third Day, through Scholium of Theorem II]
BACON: Novum Organum [Preface, Book I]

June
DESCARTES: Discourse on the Method
NEWTON: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [Prefaces,
Definitions, Axioms, General Scholium]

July
LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding [Book II]
HUME: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

August
KANT: Critique of Pure Reason [Prefaces, Introduction, Transcendental
Aesthetic]

September
MELVILLE: Moby Dick

October
DOSTOEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov [Part III-IV]

November
JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. XV, XX]
CALVIN – Institutes of the Christian Religion [Book III]

December
FRAZER – The Golden Bough [Selections]
HEISENBERG – Physics and Philosophy [ch 1 – 6]

2021

January
PLATO: Phaedo
ARISTOTLE: Categories

February
ARISTOTLE: On the Soul [Book II, Ch. 1-3; Book III]
HIPPOCRATES: The Oath; On Ancient Medicine; On Airs, Waters, and Places;
The Book of Prognostics; Of the Epidemics; The Law; On the Sacred Disease

March
GALEN: On the Natural Faculties
VIRGIL: The Aeneid (Book I, Book II, Book III)

April
PTOLEMY: The Almagest [Book I, Ch. 1-8]
COPERNICUS: Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres [Introduction—Book I-
Ch. 11]

May
KEPLER: Epitome of Copernican Astronomy [Book IV, Part II, Ch. 1-2]
PLOTINUS: Sixth Ennead

June
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 75-76, 78-79]
DANTE: The Divine Comedy [Hell]

July
HARVEY: The Motion of the Heart and Blood
CERVANTES: Don Quixote [Part I]

August
SPINOZA: Ethics [Part II]
BERKELEY: The Principles of Human Knowledge

September
KANT: Critique of Pure Reason [Transcendental Analytic]
DARWIN: The Origin of Species [Introduction—Ch. 6, Ch. 15]

October
TOLSTOY: War and Peace [Book I-VIII]
JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. XXVIII]

November
DEWEY – Experience and Education
WADDINGTON – The Nature of Life

December
ORWELL – Animal Farm

2022

January
OLD TESTAMENT [Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy]

February
HOMER: The Odyssey

March
PLATO: Laws [Book X]
ARISTOTLE: Metaphysics [Book XII]

April
TACITUS: The Histories
PLOTINUS: Fifth Ennead

May
ST. AUGUSTINE: The City of God [Book XV-XVIII]
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 1-13]

June
DANTE: The Divine Comedy [Purgatory]

July
SHAKESPEARE: Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It,
Twelfth Night
SPINOZA: Ethics [Part I]

August
MILTON: Samson Agonistes
PASCAL: The Provincial Letters

September
LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding [Book IV]
GIBBON: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [Ch. 1-5, General
Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West]

October
KANT: Critique of Pure Reason [Transcendental Dialectic]
HEGEL: Philosophy of History [Introduction]

November
TOLSTOY: War and Peace [Book IX-XV, Epilogues]
KIERKEGAARD – Fear and Trembling

December
HUIZINGA – The Waning of the Middle Ages [I – X]
SHAW – Saint Joan

2023

January
OLD TESTAMENT [Job, Isaiah, Amos]

February
PLATO: Symposium
PLATO: Philebus

March
ARISTOTLE: Ethics [Book VIII-X]
ARCHIMEDES: Measurement of a Circle, The Equilibrium of Planes [Book I],
The Sand-Reckoner, On Floating Bodies [Book I]

April
EPICTETUS: Discourses
PLOTINUS: First Ennead

May
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I-II, QQ 1-5]
DANTE: The Divine Comedy [Paradise]

June
RABELAIS: Gargantual and Pantagruel [Book III-IV]
SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus

July
GALILEO: Two New Sciences [First Day]
SPINOZA: Ethics [Part IV-V]

August
NEWTON: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [Book III, Rules],
Optics [Book I, Part I; Book III, Queries]
HUYGENS: Treatise on Light

September
KANT: Critique of Practical Reason
KANT: Critique of Judgment [Critique of Aesthetic Judgment]

October
MILL: Utilitarianism

November
WEBER – Essays in Sociology [Part III]
PROUST – Swann in Love

December
BRECHT – Mother Courage and Her Children

2024

January
ARISTOPHANES: Thesmophoriazusae, Ecclesiazusae, Plutus
PLATO: Gorgias

February
ARISTOTLE: Ethics [Book V]
ARISTOTLE: Rhetoric [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 1; Book II, Ch. 20—Book III,
Ch. 1; Book III, Ch. 13-19]

March
ST. AUGUSTINE: On Christian Doctrine

April
HOBBES: Leviathan [Part II]
SHAKESPEARE: Othello, King Lear

May
BACON: Advancement of Learning [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 11]
DESCARTES: Meditations on the First Philosophy

June
SPINOZA: Ethics [Part III]
LOCKE: A Letter Concerning Toleration

July
ROUSSEAU: A Discourse on Political Economy
ADAM SMITH: The Wealth of Nations [Book II]

August
BOSWELL: The Life of Samuel Johnson

September
MARX: Capital [Prefaces, Part I-II]
GOETHE: Faust [Part I]

October
JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. VIII-X]
STERNE: Tristam Shandy

November
BARTH – The Word of God and the Word of Man [I – IV]
BERGSON – An Introduction to Metaphysics

December
HARDY – A Mathematician’s Apology
KAFKA – The Metamorphosis

2025

January
PLATO: The Sophist
THUCYDIDES: The History of the Peloponnesian War [Book VII-VIII]

February
ARISTOTLE: Politics [Book VII-VIII]
NEW TESTAMENT [The Gospel According to St. John, The Epistle of Paul the
Apostle to the Romans, The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians]

March
ST. AUGUSTINE: The City of God [Book V, XIX]
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part II-II, QQ 1-7]

April
GILBERT: On the Loadstone
DESCARTES: Rules for the Direction of the Mind

May
DESCARTES: Geometry
PASCAL: The Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids, On
Geometrical Demonstration

June
MONTESQUIEU: The Spirit of Laws [Book I-V, VIII, XI-XII]
FARADAY: Experimental Researches in Electricity [Series I-II], A Speculation
Touching Electric Conduction and the Nature of Matter

July
HEGEL: Philosophy of Right [Part III
MARX: Capital [Part III-IV]

August
FREUD: Civilization and Its Discontents
APOLLONIUS: On Conic Sections [Book I, Prop. 1-15; Book III, Prop. 42-55]

September
FIELDING: Tom Jones
FOURIER: Analytical Theory of Heat [Preliminary Discourse, Ch. 1-2]

October
MOLIÈRE – Tartuffe
AUSTEN – Emma

November
PLANCK – Scientific Autobiography
VEBLEN – The Theory of the Leisure Class

December
JOYCE – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
HEMINGWAY – The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

2026

January
SOPHOCLES: Ajax, Electra
PLATO: Timaeus

February
ARISTOTLE: On the Parts of Animals [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 1], On the
Generation of Animals [Book I, Ch. 1, 17-18, 20-23]
LUCRETIUS: On the Nature of Things [Book V-VI]

March
VIRGIL: The Eclogues, The Georgics

April
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 65-74]
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 90-102]

May
CHAUCER: Canterbury Tales [Prologue, Knight’s Tale, Miller’s Prologue and
Tale, Reeve’s Prologue and Tale, Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, Friar’s
Prologue and Tale, Summoner’s Prologue and Tale, Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale]
SHAKESPEARE: The Tragedy of King Richard II, The First Part of King Henry
IV, The Second Part of King Henry IV, The Life of King Henry V

June
HARVEY: On the Generation of Animals [Introduction—Exercise 62]
CERVANTES: Don Quixote [Part II]

July
KANT: Critique of Judgement [Critique of Teleological Judgement]
GOETHE: Faust [Part II]

August
DARWIN: The Descent of Man [Part I; Part III, Ch. 21]
MARX: Capital [Part VII-VIII]

September
JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. I, V-VII]
FREUD: A General Introduction to Psycho-analysis [Part I, Part II, Part III]

October
BOSWELL: The Life of Samuel Johnson
ERASMUS – In Praise of Folly

November
HUIZINGA – The Waning of the Middle Ages [XI – XXIII]
EDDINGTON – The Expanding Universe

December
T.S. ELIOT – The Waste Land

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21 comments

  1. Good luck on the reading… I’ll probably “join in” on some of your readings by following your schedule and watching your related Youtube videos, though I doubt I’ll have your perseverance to stick through the entire 10-year plan (actually, I know I probably won’t). Anyway, you might be interested in this little compendium:

    http://www.datafilehost.com/d/6305f893

    It’s got all kinds of lists and articles related to these book sets…

    1. I’m interested to see these lists and articles. I have the 2nd edition of the set. Are these lists compatible with that set? Also, the link is down.

  2. Impressive, most impressive!

    Darth Vader

    Sorry I couldn’t help it. This is an impressive list. When I look a my bookshelf and realize all the classics that I want to read but I don’t have time to makes me realized how precious time really is.

    Cheers,

    Caleb

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