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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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Please note that the remaining 2015 meetings of the Downtown group will all be on the second Sunday of the month.† No meeting in August.† If the Padres get into the baseball playoffs that could change October, but thereís no reason to expect that at this point.


The Great Books Foundation discussion questions for the Downtown groupís September selection 100 Years of Solitude† are available on request.