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The Great Conversation

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The Great Conversation is a reading group dedicated to reading the great works of Western
civilization. The name and original inspiration of the group is Britannica Great Books of the
Western World, edited by Mortimer Adler. Adler believed the great books could be viewed as a
dialog, a conversation. The goal of our group is to listen in on that conversation and even to
begin to participate in it.

Our readings are taken from among the set of the authors in Adler's Great Books anthology
following a modified version of Adler's ten year plan for reading. We use Adler's ten year
reading plan as a general guide the selection of our readings. We will generally follow the
authors listed in Adler's suggested reading, but we may choose to read the entirety of
particular books by those authors, instead of reading only a small selection as frequently
suggested by Adler. The goal is to read many of the original texts of these authors directly and

Anyone is free to join and read and discuss. Having a copy of the Britannica Great Books is not
required, as these books are also available in other formats by other publishers, such as

We are a yahoogroup, which you can find at the link below.

Group website: http://www.greatconversation.org/

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Members: Raygun4180, Jeffsul, m_hopwood

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Created: May 11, 2009

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