Great Books Reading List for 2020-2021

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2020/21 selections from Counterparts and Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions, available through GPL or from the Great Books Foundation
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August 12, 2020: WAR (Counterparts)


Ode 3.2 by Horace
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

 


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September 9, 2020: LITERATURE (Counterparts)


To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare by Ben Johnson
What is an Author by Michel Foucault

 


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October 14, 2020: DEATH (Counterparts)


The Immoderation of Ifat by Sara Suieri
Now We Are Five by David Sedaris

 


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November 11, 2020: WHAT ELSE BELONGS? (Imperfect Ideal)


The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
Utopia (selection) by Thomas More
Utopia by Wislawa Szymborska
Iliad, "The Sheild of Achilles" by Homer/W.H. Auden

 


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December 9, 2020: THE YEARNING REMAINS (Imperfect Ideal)


A Paradise Built in Hell (selection) by Rebecca Solnit
Time by Riichi Yokomitsu

 


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January 13, 2021: THE YEARNING REMAINS (Imperfect Ideal) continued


On the Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 


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February 10, 2021: THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE (Imperfect Ideal)


Mencius (selection) by Mencius
The Politics (selection) by Aristotle
A Framework for Utopia by Robert Nozick

 


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March 10, 2021: OF WHICH HE IS A CITIZEN (Imperfect Ideal)


The City of God (selection) by St. Augustine
The Jewish State (selection) by Theodor Herzl

 


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April 14, 2021: OUR INCOMPLETE STATE (Imperfect Ideal)


A New View of Society (selection) by Robert Owen
The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde

 


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May 12, 2021: OUR INCOMPLETE STATE (Imperfect Ideal) continued


The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State by Vladimir Lenin
We (selection) by Yevgeny Zamyatin

 


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June 9, 2021: UNREST IN THE SOUL (Imperfect Ideal)


The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
Black Box by Jennifer Egan

 


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July 14, 2021: UNREST IN THE SOUL (Imperfect Ideal) continued


Jon by George Saunders
Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet by Margaret Atwood
Silent Spring (selection) by Rachel Carson

 


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