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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.

Next Meetings

(last updated October 21, 2014)

San Diego Downtown

 Sunday, November 9, 2014


San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, Room 221

2:00—4:00 PM


Reading:  Capital: A Critique of Political Economy  - Selections from Chapter 1 by Karl Marx (1818—1883)


We will discuss all of Sections 1, 2 and 4 and the first 4 paragraphs of Section 3.  A PDF of this selection is available on request.  Section 4 dealing with what Marx labeled as commodity fetishism is especially significant in Marx’s treatment of bourgeois economics.


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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Del Mar

Friday, November 7, 2014


Meets at Bookstar (Barnes & Noble) in the Costa Verde Shopping Center,

8650 Genesee Avenue, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92122


Please contact Sara Clark at

for further information


6:45—8:45 PM



Reading:  Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher