Great Books of the Western World Year Seven

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

The following is the seventh 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.

OLD TESTAMENT [Job, Isaiah, Amos]
Other Bible versions are available. Please check the catalog

PLATO: Symposium

PLATO: Philebus


Eudemian Ethics:
Magna Moralia:
Nicomachian Ethics:

ARCHIMEDES: Measurement of a Circle, The Equilibrium of Planes [Book I], The Sand-Reckoner, On Floating Bodies [Book I]

EPICTETUS: Discourses

PLOTINUS: First Ennead

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I-II, QQ 1-5]

DANTE: The Divine Comedy [Paradise]

RABELAIS: Gargantual and Pantagruel [Book III-IV]

SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus

GALILEO: Two New Sciences [First Day]

SPINOZA: Ethics [Part IV-V]

NEWTON: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [Book III, Rules], Optics [Book I, Part I; Book III, Queries]

HUYGENS: Treatise on Light

KANT: Critique of Practical Reason

KANT: Critique of Judgment [Critique of Aesthetic Judgment]

MILL: Utilitarianism

WEBER – Essays in Sociology [Part III] (first published 1948, probably still in copyright. It might be possible to find the original publications though)

PROUST – Swann in Love

BRECHT – Mother Courage and Her Children (written in 1938, most likely still in copyright)