From January 2021 to the end of 2022 I am reading a selection of the "Great Books" of the Western Canon.
The list below is compiled from several sources, and marked as follows:
- 🧭: Interintellect: Reading the Greats Salon Series
- 🎓: Open Yale: Introduction to Political Philosophy
- 🏫: Yale Directed Studies Historical and Political Thought
- 🎙: Talking Politics Podcast: History of Ideas
I have also added some more books, inspired by Tommy Collison's Great Books list, conversations with friends, and personal interest.
Here is the list:
By the nature of following the traditional "Western Canon" works the list is not particularly diverse. I will do two things to alleviate this bias: 1) Seek out classic works outside the canon to expand the list, 2) Read adaptions, re-interpretations or translations made by women and non-white writers.
There are some obvious Classics that are missing from this list, and I will be adding these as I decide which works to read. As I read around each of the books I'll be posting on my Goodreads profile.
Other Reading Lists
I am in the process of putting together a reading list for photography. If you have thoughts on any of these lists then please do drop me a line!