375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC
This group is for people who want to talk about outstanding writings in history, literature, philosophy, politics, science, theology, and other disciplines. We focus on works that have stood the test of time because they speak to ideas people find perennially compelling: the nature of justice, the ways of love, the meaning of truth, and the experience of beauty, among others.
We use an approach to discussion called Shared Inquiry, which follows a few simple guidelines designed to make the discussion more rewarding by keeping the group’s attention focused firmly on the text and its interpretation. The guidelines are listed below.
Participants may join the group at any time. Just read the selection and come to the meeting. All readings are contained in a two-volume paperback set entitled The Great Books Reading and Discussion Program, First Series, available from the Great Books Foundation. If you order the set of books from the Great Books Foundation, be sure to purchase the Great Books Reading & Discussion Program, First Series, NOT the INTRODUCTION to Great Books Series.
The link you want is http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/great-books/adu-01.html.
The[masked] schedule is as follows:
September 12 Startup Meeting
September 26 Rothschild’s Fiddle -AntonChekhov*
October 10 On Happiness -Aristotle*
October 24 The Apology -Plato*
November 14 Heart of Darkness -JosephConrad*
November 28 Conscience -ImmanuelKant
December 12 Alienated Labor -Karl Marx
December 26 Holiday Break
January 9 Genesis -Bible
January 23 Civilization and It’s Discontents -SigmundFreud
February 13 The Social Contract -Jean-JacquesRousseau
February 27 The Moral Sense of Man and the Lower Animals –
March 13 NO MEETING (read Othello!)
March 27 Othello -WilliamShakespeare*
April 10 On Justice and Injustice -DavidHume
April 24 The Power of the Majority -Alexis de Tocqueville
May 8 Individual Freedom -GeorgSimmel
May 22 Antigone - Sophocles*
*Indicates complete work.
GUIDELINES FOR SHARED INQUIRY DISCUSSIONS
1. Read the selection carefully before participating in the discussion. This ensures that all participants are equally prepared to talk about the ideas in the work. Only those who have read the selection should participate in the discussion.
2. Support your ideas with evidence from the text. This keeps the discussion focused on understanding the selection and enables the group to weigh textual support for different interpretations.
3. Discuss the ideas in the selection and try to understand them fully before exploring issues that go beyond the selection. Reflecting on the ideas in the text and the evidence to support them makes the exploration of related issues more productive. We will allow outside sources and ideas to be discussed the last 30 minutes of the meeting.
4. Listen to other participants respectfully and respond to them directly. Directing your comments and questions to other group members, not always to the leader, will make the discussion livelier and more dynamic.
5. Expect the leader to only ask questions. Effective leaders help participants develop their own ideas, with everyone gaining a new understanding in the process. Participants should look to the leader for questions, not answers.