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The San Diego Great Books Council consists of two discussion groups, San Diego 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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November 2016


New Anthologies to be Used  Soon

                 San Diego—Great Conversations 6 (Starting January 2017)

                 Del Mar—Great Books Adult 2nd Series, catalog code  ADU-02 (starting Dec. 2016) and  Great Conversations 3, catalog code  ADU-GC3 (to be used in 2017).


For information on purchasing, please see  how at San Diego and Delmar.


Please note:  San Diego’s meeting November 13 at the Mission Valley Library coincides with a Charger home NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium.  Best to avoid Friars Road east of the library that day.  Library parking was secured last time. No worry with that.