Shimer Great Books Blog

The Shimer perspective and contribution to the Great Conversation

Does evil exist? What is light? Is the world becoming a better place? Questions like these—that demand to be asked but seem to defy final answers—are the living heart of traditions of study and debate as old as recorded history. These traditions form the unique curriculum at the Shimer Great Books School, which we want to share with you in the form of our blog. Here we will pose questions, offer challenging insight, and give you a glimpse behind the curtain. Join the Great Conversation with us!

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The Great Books Challenge

What makes a “great book” has been the most contentious issue for the Shimer Great Books School since its distinction as a “great books school” in the 1950s. Is it a classic? A primary material? And who decides what those are, anyway?