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 Joys of Discussion: From a Great Books Program Alum

The year before I enrolled in the Shimer Great Books program, I was part of a student group at Wright College, my local community college in Chicago, that met weekly to discuss current political developments. I awaited our meetings with a lot of excitement.

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The Gift of a Book

I was given four books this Christmas, which has me thinking generally about gift giving. One of the most memorable moments in my reading life was my encounter with Nietzsche’s remarks on gift giving, the “highest virtue” in “Thus Spake Zarathustra”.