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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Great Ideas Program - Author/Title Index

The Great Ideas Program (1959-1963) is a ten volume companion set to Great Books of the Western World (1st ed. 1952). The Program provides 135 guides to selected readings in Great Books.

We had already prepared and posted a table of contents to the entire Program here, since it was published only with tables of contents for individual volumes. One guide sometimes discusses several selections, and selections from a single work are sometimes the subject of several of the guides.

Particularly now that Great Books is out of print, someone wishing to use the Program might want to find alternate editions of the works discussed. We’ve provided a list of Authors and Titles below. In the reading guides, some selections are complete works, others a part or parts.

The Bible is treated as part of Great Books but the set did not include its own edition. Considering it and the other works by multiple authors as if by a single author, the list totals 64 Authors.


AESCHYLUS, Oresteia (Agamemnon, Choephoroe, Eumenides), Prometheus Bound
ARCHIMEDES, Equilibrium of Planes, Floating Bodies
ARISTOPHANES, Birds, Clouds, Lysistrata
ARISTOTLE, Athenian Constitution, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Parts of Animals, Politics, Soul
Articles of Confederation
AUGUSTINE, Confessions
BACON, Advancement of Learning, Novum Organum
BERKELEY, Principles of Human Knowledge
Bible (Old Testament) Deuteronomy, Exodus, Genesis, Job, I Kings, I Samuel, (New Testament) Acts, Matthew, Romans
CERVANTES, Don Quixote
CHAUCER, Canterbury Tales
Constitution of the United States of America
COPERNICUS, On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres
DANTE, Divine Comedy
DARWIN, The Descent of Man, The Origin of Species
Declaration of Independence
DESCARTES, Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason
DOSTOEVSKY, Brothers Karamazov
EPICTETUS, Discourses
EUCLID, Elements
EURIPIDES, Electra, Medea, Orestes
The Federalist
FREUD, Civilization and Its Discontents, General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis, New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis, Selected Papers on Hysteria
GALEN, Natural Faculties
GALILEO, Two New Sciences
GIBBON, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
HARVEY, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
HEGEL, Philosophy of Right
HIPPOCRATES, Ancient Medicine, Oath, The Sacred Disease
HOBBES, Leviathan
HOMER, Odyssey
HUME, Human Understanding
HUYGENS, Treatise on Light
JAMES, The Principles of Psychology
KANT, Critique of Practical Reason, Critique of Pure Reason, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, Science of Right
KEPLER, Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
LAVOISIER, Elements of Chemistry
LOCKE, Civil Government - Second Essay, Human Understanding, Toleration
LUCRETIUS, Nature of Things
MARX and ENGELS, Manifesto of the Communist Party
J. S. MILL, On Liberty, Representative Government, Utilitarianism
MILTON, Paradise Lost
MONTESQUIEU, Spirit of Laws
NEWTON, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Optics
NICOMACHUS, Introduction to Arithmetic
PASCAL, Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids, Pensees
PLATO, Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Gorgias, Laches, Laws, Meno, Republic
PLUTARCH, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
PTOLEMY, Almagest
RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel
ROUSSEAU, Political Economy, Social Contract
SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet, Henry the Fourth Part I, Henry the Fourth Part II, King Lear, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Othello
SOPHOCLES, Antigone, Oedipus the King
SWIFT, Gulliver's Travels
THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica
TOLSTOY, War and Peace
VIRGIL, Aeneid

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