Great Books of the Western World Year Four

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Great Books of the Western World Ten Year Reading Plan - Year Four

Check the Great Books of the Western World main page with links to all other years.

The following is the fourth year of the suggested ten year reading plan for the Second Edition, linked to public domain versions of each of the readings. Note that preference is given to completed audio versions on LibriVox. If there is no completed audio version but the work is in progress, then a link is provided to the forum thread. If there is no version in progress, then a link is provided to a public domain text source.

EURIPIDES: Medea, Hippolytus, Trojan Women, The Bacchantes (Murray Translation (Coleridge Translation)

PLATO: Republic [Book VI-VII]

PLATO: Theaetetus

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

ARISTOTLE: Metaphysics [Book I, Ch. 1-2; Book IV; Book VI, Ch. 1; Book XI, Ch. 1-4]

ST. AUGUSTINE: Confessions [Book IX-XIII]

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I, QQ 16-17, 84-88]

MONTAIGNE: Apology for Raymond de Sebonde

Contained in

GALILEO: Two New Sciences [Third Day, through Scholium of Theorem II]

BACON: Novum Organum [Preface, Book I]

DESCARTES: Discourse on the Method

NEWTON: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [Prefaces, Definitions, Axioms, General Scholium]

LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding [Book II]

HUME: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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


DOSTOEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov [Part III-IV]

JAMES: Principles of Psychology [Ch. XV, XX]

CALVIN – Institutes of the Christian Religion [Book III]

FRAZER – The Golden Bough [Selections]

HEISENBERG – Physics and Philosophy [ch 1 - 6] (published somewhere in the 1950s, thus probably still in copyright)