Welcome all convivial readers of Great Books! Please plan to be seated and ready to begin discussions at 11:30 AM. We will take a brief break mid-way through the time allowed for our discussion. We finish promptly at 1 PM, but a social time in the main restaurant following the discussion allows for further discussion and occasion to become better acquainted with our fellow convivial readers.
Our text for 2013 for our St Paul Great Books Discussion Group (GBDG) is _Introduction to Great Books First Series_ The price is $14.95 plus shipping from the Great Books Foundation. Once you order it should arrive within a week. http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/introduction-to-great-books.html
By using the same text we can easily refer to page and paragraph to whatever parts of authors' texts we will be discussing and sometimes reading closely (aloud). Brilliant!
I still have four copies of the Great Books Foundation's "Shared Inquiry Handbook" to give to the next four new members of our St Paul GBDG.
This February 7 gathering of our St Paul GBDG will have us discussing Unit 2 of our text which includes "Great Writers", a little background on the historian Thucydides, and the short reading from his _History of the Peloponnesian War_ titled "The Melian Dialogue".
We may discover during our "Shared Inquiry" into this reading how ancient history may inform histories of nations and nations' foreign policies ever since.
Perhaps we'll have time to consider contemporary historian Paul Johnson's belief that, “The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.” Paul Johnson