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The San Diego Great Books Council consists of two discussion groups, San Diego Downtown and Del Mar.  Both of these groups have been meeting for many years to discuss readings of classic works of Philosophy, Imaginative literature, Science, Political Economy and History.  We follow the University of Chicago Great Books Tradition of Shared Inquiry continued by Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins. To participate in our discussions you must have read the reading and be prepared to answer questions which the leader poses about the text. Visitors are welcome, of course. 


There is no lecture on the author or the reading.  We try to focus on the reading itself and not on outside sources. For more on how our meetings are run, please see the FAQs.

Our goals, in addition to having a harmonious discussion, are to better understand these texts and to clarify differences in interpretation, not necessarily to reach agreement. We believe these texts have meaning for today. If the Great Ideas interest you and the opportunity to learn through Shared Inquiry intrigues you, please join us.

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January 2016—Happy New Year


The 2016 Downtown Great Books and Del Mar schedules for 2016 follow. A few details still need to be finalized.   Please check back here regularly throughout the year.  Changes are rare, but they do occur.  We look forward to some very stimulating  discussions.  You are  most welcome to check us out.


February 2016—


Interesting conjunction of two very different readings  dealing with the moral sense of man this month (Kleist and Darwin).   How does this happen?  Comments welcome.