Great Books Foundation Discussions and Shared Inquiry
Great Books discussion groups are forums for adults to discuss significant writings. We come from a variety of backgrounds to discuss important ideas and issues that have shaped civilization. Our discussions are lively, probing and enlightening. We challenge our own and others’ opinions in light of the text we are all reading. The object is not one “right answer” but rather to examine questions raised in the readings, with reasoning informed by our diverse experiences.
We use the “Shared Inquiry” method, a collaborative, question-driven method of learning that helps us read actively, pose evocative questions, and listen and respond effectively. We examine the words and the possible ways to interpret the ideas and issues. To this end, we follow these guidelines:
Great Conversations 6 brings together selections representing a wide range of genres written over the ages and is intended to generate discussion about discovering the ideas and authors that have shaped our culture and ourselves. The selections have general themes for discussion: ways of living, living in community, forms of belief, the power of knowledge, forms of love and the perspective of history. Questions for discussion and for further reflection accompany each selection. Also included is a concise biography of each author which provides perspective to the reader on what influences may have molded the author’s work.
Socrates wrote that the unexamined life is not worth living. In these reading-discussions, we will examine many lives.
Join us! Call 860-573-2946 or email Chantal Foster Chantal.firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tranquility of Mind – Seneca
The New Organon – Francis Bacon
A Letter Concerning Toleration – John Locke
Discourse Seven – Joshua Reynolds
The Lifted Veil – George Eliot
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg – Mark Twain
On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life – Friedrich Nietzsche
August 11 (two selections)
The Devil Baby at Hull House – Jane Addams
The Man Who Could Work Miracles - H. G. Wells
Mario and the Magician– Thomas Mann
The Daughters of the Late Colonel – Katherine Mansfield
My Confession – Mary McCarthy
Holy Week – Deborah Eisenberg