Great Books Tutorial

Chapter I Order:all
Chapter II Vanity:13, 21, 25, 30, 36, 44, 47, (p. 120) 413, 627, 628, 688, 697, 806, 978
Chapter III Wretchedness:54-56, 58, 60, 65, 71, 72, 75
Chapter IV:78, 79, 622, 641, 771
Chapter V:80,81, 83, 85, 87, 89-93, 95, 97, 98, 101-103, 577 ,665, 711, 828
Chapter VI:106-108, 110-116, 118
Chapter VII:119, 121, 122, 124,-128, 131, 298, 401, 410
Chapter VIII:132-134, 136, 138, 139, 414
Chapter IX:140, 143, 145, 407
Chapter X:148

16. Pensees; Video Video Video
Chapter XI 149
Chapter XII 151, 152, 157, 160-162, 165, 166, 418, 427, 428, 434, 442, 444
Chapter XIII 170, 173-175, 182-185, 187, 188
Chapter XIV 189, 190, 192, 446, 449
Chapter XV 194, 195, 198-201, 511, 512, 416, 417, 431, 471
Chapter XVI 205, 208, 210, 214-216, 219, 220
Chapter XVIII 228, 232, 234, 239, 241, 242
Chapter XIX 255, 265
Chapter XXIII 298, 300, 301, 308, 309, 423, 424
Chapter XXIV 332, 335
Chapter XXVI 351-354, 357, 358, 360, 364, 372, 373, 808, 821
Chapter XXVII 378, 380, 381, 835, 846
The Memorial

 17. Paradise Lost; I-III Video Video Video Video
18. Paradise Lost; IV; V; VI (Argument only); VII (Argument only); VIII; IX Video Video Video
19. Paradise Lost; X-XII Video Video Video
20. Leviathan; Author's Introduction, I:1-4, 12-16; Also, Calvin's Institutes; Book IV Chapter xx  Video Video
21. Leviathan; II: 17,18,20,21,26,29 Video Video
22. Leviathan; II: 30, 31 (paragraphs 1-5, last 5 paragraphs); III: 32 (paragraphs 1-4 and last), 35 (first 6 paragraphs), 38 (paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 16, 17), 39, 41 (third paragraph), 43; IV: 44 (first four paragraphs only); 46, 47, Review and Concl. Video Video
23. Discourse on Metaphysics Video  Video *Conferenced Paper 3 due*
24. Principles of Nature and Grace; Monadology Video Video
25. Ethics; Part I  Video Video *Paper 3 due* 
26. Ethics; Part II Video  Video Video
27. Treatise on Human Nature; Introduction; Book I, Part I all; Part II (except sections 4 & 5); Intro Video Video
28. Treatise on Human Nature; Book I, Part III, Sections 1-8, 14; Part IV, sections 2, 6-7 Video Video
29. Treatise on Human Nature; Book III, Part I; Part II, sections 1, 2, 5; Part III, sections 1, 3, 5  Video Video
30. Vermeer; Woman Holding a Balance, A Lady Writing - Video Video*Conferenced Paper 4 due*
31. Gulliver's Travels; I, II Intro Video Video
32. Gulliver's Travels; III, IV Video  Video *Paper 4 due* 
33. North and South (film version) Video Video
34. Second Treatise on Government (Concerning Civil Government); Chs. I-IX Video Video
35. Second Treatise on Government (Concerning Civil Government); Chs. X-XIX Video Video


All papers should be 1800 words in length.  Topics are of your own choosing, but must be approved by the tutor.

GBT IV weekly questions

Specific editions used.

Please note- many of these texts are expensive.  If you need to substitute cheaper editions, please feel free to do so.   The texts listed are the finest editions available.

Don Quixote; Cervantes; Random House; ISBN 0679602860; translator- Putnam
Institutes of the Christian Religion;
    Institutes of the Christian Religion; (Great Edition) Calvin; The Westminster Press; ISBN 0664220282; translator- Battles
    Institutes of the Christian Religion; (OK Edition) Calvin; Eerdmans; ISBN - 0802881661 Translator- Beveridge
    Institutes of the Christian Religion; (Bad edition) ISBN- 0802841678
Commentary on Galations; Luther; Revell; ISBN 0891079947; 
St. Matthew Passion
; Johann Sebastian Bach;  Use the Richter Edition or the scrolling edition. Print out Libretto and translation to keep notes as you listen.  Please look for places where the music compliments the meaning of the text.
Essays; Montaigne; Stanford University Press; ISBN 0804704864; translator- Frame
Novum Organon; Bacon; Library of the Liberal Arts (Pap Txt); ISBN:
Discourse on Method,  Meditations; Descartes; Cambridge Press; ISBN 0521358124; translators- Stoothooff & Cottingham
Pensees; Pascal; Penquin; ISBN 0140446451
Paradise Lost; Milton; Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0023582901
Paperback Version
Leviathan; Hobbes; Penquin; ISBN 0140431950
Ethics; Spinoza; Everyman; ISBN 0460873474
Discourse on Metaphysics, Monadology, Principles of Nature and Grace; Leibniz; Open Court Classics; ISBN 0872200620
A Treatise of Human Nature; Hume; Penquin; ISBN 0140432442
Woman Holding a Balance, A Lady Writing  Vermeer;
Gulliver's Travels; Swift; Penquin; ISBN 0140430229
North and SouthBrian Perceval director (film version)
Second Treatise on Government (Concerning Civil Government); John Locke; Prometheus Books; ISBN 0879753374; Other editions will suffice.

Additional resources:
The Legacy of Karl Richter- in addition to Saint Matthew Passion
Handel's Messiah

Man of La Mancha

Life is Beautiful
Vanitas Theme in Art- in addition to Pascal

Fifth year Great Books Tutorial reading list

Great Books five students who would like to fill out their understanding of the ideas that have shaped the development of Western History should consider the History of Science and Mathematics tutorial while taking GBT V.  Many themes that are discusses in Great Books have influenced and been influenced by the development of Science and Mathematics. 

Students desiring to get the most of GBT V, should read Ashley Carr's challenge to them.
1. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics; Preface, Preamble, First and Second part  Video Video Video   Video
2. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics;Third part, Conclusion, Solution Video  Video  Video Video
3. Discourse on the Origins of Inequality  Video Video Video Video
4. The Social Contract  Video Video Video
5. Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals; Preface, Sec.1 Video Video Video Video
6. Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals; Sec. II, III; What is Enlightenment? Video Video Video Video *Paper #1 topic due
7. Wealth of Nations; Book I, chapters I-IX Video Video
8. Wealth of Nations; Video Video Video Video

Book I, chapter X
Book I, chapter XI (first paragraph and Conclusion)
Book II, chapter I (first five paragraphs only)
Book II, chapter III (first two-thirds, stopping before the paragraph beginning, "The annual produce...")
Book III, chapter II (first six paragraphs only)
Book III chapter IV (omitting the last five paragraphs)
Book IV, chapter II (first fifteen and last three paragraphs only)
Book IV, chapter IX (last four paragraphs only)
Book V, chapter I, Part I

9. Wealth of Nations; Book V, chapter I, Parts 2, 3 and 4 (p.708-816) Video Video Video
10. Declaration of Independence,  Articles of Confederation, The Federalist: 1, 2, 6, 9-11, 12 (first three paragraphs), 14 Video, Video
11. The Federalist; 15-17, 23, 31, 37-39, Constitution of the United States Video Video *Paper #1 Final Due 
12. The Federalist; 47-51, 57, 62-63, 68, 69, 76, 78 Video Video Video
13. Huckleberry Finn Video Video Video Video
14. Logic;  Sections 1-15,20-25,79-98 Video Video  Video Video
15. Phenomenolgy of Spirit; Sections 73-77; Sense Certainty, Perception, sections 90-113; Lordship and Bondage, sections 165, 178-196 Video Video Video
16. War and Peace  (Christmas reading)  Video Video  Video Video *Paper #1 Presentation Revision Due
17. War and Peace  (Christmas reading) Video Video Video
18. Phenomenolgy of Spirit; Stoicism and Skepticism, sections 197-206 Video  Video
19. Phenomenolgy of Spirit; Unhappy Conciousness, sections 207-230  Video Video
20. Phenomenolgy of Spirit; Consciousness and the Beautiful Soul, sections 632-658 Video
21. Phenomenolgy of Spirit; The Beautiful Soul and Forgiveness, sections 659-671, Absolute Knowing, sections 806-808 Video
22. Capital; *pages numbers are for the recommended text*; 102 (mid)-103; 125-180 (mid); 198-209; 247-280; 283-306; 675-682; 307-310 (top); 320-325 Paper #2 Topic Due Video Video Video
23. Capital; 340-344 (mid); 367-368 (top); 375-377 (top); 417-458; 470-486 (mid); 508-518; 526-537 (top); 544-553; 615 (bot) -621 (mid); 636-639; 655-658 (mid); 666-667 Video Video Video
24. Capital; 711-757; 762-772; 873-876; 914-930 Video Video Video Video
25. Fear and Trembling; Beginning through Problem 1 Video Video
26. Fear and Trembling; Problems II, III and Epilogue Video Video
27. Tristan and Isolde Video Video Video Video
28. Beyond Good and Evil; Preface, Parts (Books) 1; 2; 3; 4, epigrams 150-164; 5; 6; 7; 8, epigrams 241-242,248,250,253,255; 9 Video Video Video
29. The Brothers Karamazov (Spring Break reading) Video Video Video Video Video Video
30. The Brothers Karamazov    Video  Video  Video  *Paper #2 Final Due
31. Democracy in America; ISBN 0060915226; Volume I: Author's Introduction; Part I, chaps. 3,5,6; Part II chaps. 7-10 Video Video
32. Democracy in America; Volume (or part) II (p.417); Part I, chaps. 1-3,5,15; Part II, chaps. 1-15; Part IV, chaps 6-8 Video Video
33. The Ego and the ID C.S.Lewis Response Intro Video Video Video Video
34. The Abolition of Man  Video Video
35. God in the Dock,  I; 1-5,8,9,16,18,21,23,  II; 4,7,8,12, III; 1,2,5,8  Paper #2 Presentation Revision Due Video  Video


Specific editions used.

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics; Kant; ISBN 0872205932; editor- Ellington; Hackett
The Social Contract and Discourses; Rousseau; ISBN 0460873571; Editor- Brumfitt;
Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals; Kant; ISBN 0023078251; Editor- Beck
Wealth of Nations; Adam Smith; ISBN 0865970084; Liberty Press
The Federalist; Hamilton; Jay; Madison; ISBN 0679603255; College Library
Huckleberry Finn; Mark Twain; ISBN
0520053370 ; University of California
War and Peace; Leo Tolstoy; ISBN 039396647; W.W.Norton
Logic; Hegel; ISBN 0198245122; Oxford
Phenomenolgy of Spirit; Hegel; ISBN 0198245971; Oxford
Capital; Marx; ISBN 039472657X; Random House
Fear and Trembling; Kierkegaard; ISBN 0691020264; Princeton
Tristan and Isolde; Wagner; ASIN B0012NO92O ; Deutsche Grammaphon  (Watch with subtitles!!)
    Youtube Version; Libretto; Tristan and Isolde Myth
Beyond Good and Evil; Nietzsche; ISBN 0679724656; Vintage Books
The Brothers Karamazov; Dostoevsky; ISBN 0393092143; Norton
Democracy in America; Alexis de Tocqueville; ISBN 0060915226; Harper and Row
The Ego and the ID; Freud; ISBN 0393001423; Norton
The Abolition of Man; Lewis, ISBN 0060652942, Harpers
God in the Dock; Lewis, ISBN 0802808689 , Eerdmans


All papers should be 3500-3700 words in length.  Topics are of your own choosing, but must be approved by the tutor.  First semester papers may be on any book in GBT I-V, however half of the second semester paper must be on books from GBT I-III.  Students are required to present their papers before their peers for examination at the end of each semester.  

Additional resources:

Kantian Technical Terminology- This is is very helpful in working through Kant.

Thomas Jefferson - in addition to founding documents
Declaration of Independance- Very nicely read
The Logic of Desire - A fine resource for students interested in further Hegel study.
War and Peace Principle Characters
Freud's Last Session-  A play comparing C.S.Lewis and Freud
Conversation on De Tocqueville
Primitive Technology and I, Pencil- to suppliment Adam Smith

Good Words about the Great Books Tutorial

"Fritz Hinrichs is very knowledgeable in the great texts of our intellectual history. He loves to teach them and has an infectious delight in the material as well as a mature Christian viewpoint of them. "
John Frame
Professor- Reformed Theological Seminary

"In the Great Books Tutorial, our son has been given a basis for looking at Western thought through Biblical spectacles. The enthusiasm and expertise which ETS offers is unsurpassed."
Dr. and Mrs. Jim Newheiser, Jr.

"I've been looking for something like this for years! Fritz Hinrichs' Great Books Tutorial is giving our teenaged sons a great start on the intellectual life. Reading and discussing truly great books (as opposed to faddish lists of "modern classics") is not only great preparation for college, but for life itself.  An excellent teacher and excellent, uplifting content -- what more could you ask? I highly recommend this course to every homeschool family"
Mary Pride
Editor- Practical Homeschooling Magazine

"Fritz Hinrichs offers a remarkable opportunity to homeschoolers, that being the tutorial relationship as the means for the study of the great works of Western Civilization. Drawing on his undergraduate background in the Classics and his seminary training in theology and apologetics, he carefully guides his students through the readings to an understanding of the interplay between the Christian and non-Christian ideas that have molded the thinking of our culture. It has been immensely rewarding to me as a parent to see my childrens' minds kindled with interest as they are drawn into dialogue with their tutor and fellow students. This is learning at its best!
Margaret Ahern
Mother of three GBT students

Common Questions on the Great Books Tutorial

At what age should my child enter the Great Books Tutorial?
This is a common question but it does not have an easy answer.  GBT is oriented towards students between 13 and 20.  If a student is planning to go to a four year college immediately after high school, it would be good to complete the five your sequence before graduating from high school.  However, to begin so young  requires a very good reader.  Many students start later knowing that they will be spending a couple of years in community college and are able to continue in GBT while in community college.  Some college students have even been able to get credit for GBT by applying for directed study credits through their college.

I recommend that parents who are considering GBT purchase some of the books we read and see for themselves whether their student's reading abilities are adequate for the readings required.  Students may not begin before they are 12 years old.  Also, students must be ready to take Euclid during GBT II, so they need to be able to finish Algebra I but the end of GBT I.  Please plan your math sequence accordingly.

How can I prepare my child for the Great Books Tutorial?
I find that most students who thrive in GBT come from families where discussions are the norm at mealtimes, the scriptures are read seriously, music is a valued part of life, books are considered to be ends and not means, and parents strive to live out the goals they put forward for their own children. 

A healthy dose of Greek and Roman history is very helpful through the elementary years.   Specifically, I recommend D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.  For more Greek and Roman history, I recommend reading Plutarch's Lives Volume 1 and Plutarch's Lives Volume 2.  Plutarch loves long sentences and if your reader finds him difficult Famous Greeks and Famous Romans from the teaching company are very helpful and well-told.  They often go on sale through the catalog and can also be found by searching on youtube- Greeks RomansThe Chronicles of Narnia receive many comparisons in class and your student should be familiar with them.

Of course, whatever study in Greek and Latin you can manage will be a great aid. The vocabulary required in the readings really stretches most readers and their vocabulary acquisition will greatly enhanced if they are able to draw on the the etymological skills that the study of the ancient language provides.  It is sad that Greek always seems to be seen as that "other" classical language.  Studying both Greek and Latin is the ideal of course; however, if you must study only one, I would recommend that you make that language Greek.    The advantages I see are the following; 1) Greek is the language of the New Testament, 2) Greek study provides the same advantages to vocabulary acquisition as Latin and, 3) the great classical works that demand close linguistic study are more often Greek than Roman.  Let me state once again though, for the classicist, there is only one right answer to the question, "How many languages should I learn?"  It is, "more."

You might also help your child by preparing yourself as a parent to understand the goal of Great Books education.  Linny Dey's article Eden's Children Grown-up is a very good place to start.

Does Mr. Hinrichs ever miss class?

Yes.  Of the 35 weeks in the year, I miss 4 on average.  Reasons for missing are typically: birth of a child, leading a Europe trip, jury service and illness.   I will attempt to arrange a substitute when absent, however, if this is not possible, the student may need to listen to the class recording that week or work on his own.  There will not be any pro-rated refund of tuition for missed tutorials; however, I will endeavor to keep absences to a minimum.

Does Mr. Hinrichs grade all papers?
Yes, except for the GBTI papers for which I will use other graders.

Why must students take the five years in sequence and why is the study of Euclid's Elements required?

The great books are read chronologically because authors tend to reference authors in the past rather than the future.   Literary fame and influence have rarely been bestowed upon writers who have not yet existed.  Seriously... important themes are developed and deepened through time as various authors touch upon them from differing perspectives.  In order to understand this conversation, we need to follow it in the historical progress in which it developed.  Thus, students are not allowed to take any of the years of GBT without completing all of the previous years' tutorials. 

The conversation of western history is not limited to just literature, but involves mathematics, science, philosophy, literature, theology and many other fields.  In order to grasp this development, it would be best to study mathematics and science in a historical fashion along with the great books as is done at St. John's College.  However, fitting this into a high school curriculum is perhaps even beyond the capabilities of a home-school mother.  Yet, a good understanding of western literature cannot be had without at least reading the Homer of mathematics- Euclid.  Thus, my students must study Euclid's Elements before completing GBT II.

After going through the Great Books Tutorial is college necessary?
This is a difficult question. Certainly their are certain prudential considerations that push one towards getting a degree; however, prospective GBT students should be warned that after going through the tutorial some college classes may seem a little rudimentary.


Does Mr. Hinrichs confront plagiarism?
Gladly!  Please see for helpful guidelines to help you diagnose this particular malady.  Plagiarism is best understood with the following analogy; adultery/marriage = plagiarism/writing.

Can students start the tutorial in any year?
In odd years, GBT I, III & V are available.  In even years, GBT II & IV are available.   

What can I do if we have missed the start year for GBT I?
Summer option for GBT I allows you to join GBT I so that you can continue with GBT II the following September.  The course covers the same material as the regular GBT I and also costs a similar amount.  The course meets either 3 or 4 times a week and goes between 9 and 12 weeks depending on the instructor's schedule.  Former GBT students teach this course and it is taught online.  For more information please see Summer GBT I .

What recommendations do you have for the study of math and science for a Great Books student?
I do not often get this question, but I wish I did, so here is my answer.  You can see my own Math and Science tutorial here.

The Great Books tutorial provides a very fine survey of the ideas that have shaped our culture in philosophy, literature, theology and political science.  One of the great advantages of the Great Books approach is that we attempt to understand all these fields by seeing how they developed in relation to one another as we read through the great texts chronologically.  However, there is a conspicuous absence in that we do not substantially address the connections between science and mathematics and the other fields.  There are many connections with the history of science and mathematics that help to make the issues discussed in philosophy, literature, theology and political science more understandable and meaningful.

I have always wished that I could teach the history of science and mathematics in conjunction with the Great Books tutorial to bring out these connections in more detail; however, a serious lack of discipline on my part dissuades me from that path.  St. John's College has a program wherein one spends four years going through the great books of mathematics and science to experience this story firsthand.  However, for those with less Olympian-sized budgets, I recommend the lectures in mathematics and science provided by The Teaching Company- History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 History of Science: 1700-1900 and Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics.  The videos are fairly expensive- the sets usually list around $350 a piece, however, they often go on sale for around $70 and if you are Ebay savvy you can find them at further discount there.  You can also resell them on Ebay once you are done with them.  If you do not want to purchase them on Ebay, contact so that you can get their catalog and watch for them to go on sale.  If you are a local student and would like to borrow my copies, please contact me.

Part 1 of History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 begins with the Babylonian and Egyptians, but focuses primarily on the contributions of the Greeks.  In order to provide context to the overview of Greek science, Dr. Principe provides a wonderful survey of the main themes of Greek philosophy.  Parts 2 and 3 cover science in the Christian West during the Middle Ages, the substantial contributions of the Islamic scholars, the rise of Scholasticism, the Copernican Revolution, Isaac Newton and the rise of chemistry.  History of Science: 1700-1900 continues the story by discussing the rise of science in the Enlightenment and modern age.  You can see full details on the topics covered at History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 and History of Science: 1700-1900.  These lectures work particularly well with GBT as they continually discuss how theology and philosophy effect and are effected by the development of science.  This perspective encourages students who tend to think of learning as simply mastering distinct subjects to consider how everything they are learning is simply working towards a human understanding of the world- what we might simply call wisdom. 

I do not know if the professors are Christians, but they should be understood as descriptive historians and not prescriptive polemicists.  They do discuss the relation of Christianity to many scientific issues, but often it is not in order to promote a particular understanding of how faith and science should relate, but most often simply to survey the various approaches that have been given throughout history.

The best schedule for integrating the lectures with GBT would be the following.  Keep in mind that each of the parts listed contains twelve thirty-minute lectures.

GBT I  History of Science: Antiquity to 1700  Part 1
GBT II  History of Science: Antiquity to 1700  Part 2 
GBT III  History of Science: Antiquity to 1700  Part 3
GBT IV  History of Science: 1700-1900  Part 1&2
GBT V  History of Science: 1700-1900  Part 3

The Teaching Company also has a set of lectures on the history of mathematics which covers much of the same material as the history of science set does, however, with much more mathematical detail that students who have studied Pre-Calculus will be able to appreciate- A History of Mathematics.   I also recommend their set Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition for those who would like to have further commentary on their Great Books readings.  I also recommend;  Joy of Science, Joy of Mathematics, Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt Classical Mythology, Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, The Aeneid of Virgil, and Herodotus: The Father of History

How would I fit the Great Books Tutorial into a traditional high school curriculum?
One of the advantages of the GBT is that it does not compartmentalize knowledge by breaking it down into a myriad of subjects. I heartily agree with C.S.Lewis when he said, "We ought to teach far fewer subjects and all of them much better."  GBT draws together subject matter from History, Philosophy, Theology, Literature and Political Science. All of these subjects are presented as they worked themselves out in our culture's development- as a complex battle of ideas.

To see how to structure a curriculum around the Great Books Tutorial, please see our curriculum guide.  For a details on the number of credits for each course, please see our credits breakdown.

Each year could be broken down into traditional subjects in the following manner.

Great Books Tutorial I

The Histories
The Rise and Fall of Athens
* Six weeks study *
The Poetics
The Last Days of Socrates
* Six weeks study *
Exhortation to the Greeks
* Two weeks study *
The Three Theban Plays
The Oresteia
* Eighteen weeks study *
Government (Civics)
* Three weeks study *
Writing (Composition)
Seven papers totaling 18 to 28 pages.

Course Description
Great Books Tutorial I comprehensively surveys classical Greek and early patristic literature. The course integrates readings from History, Philosophy, Theology, Literature and Government in order to examine the development of Western cultural trends and ideas from a Biblical worldview. Also provided are expositional and argumentative writing exercises based on analytical reading and critical thinking. This is an honors level course.

Great Books Tutorial II

The Peloponnesian War
The Annals of Imperial Rome
The Lives of Caesar and Cato the Younger
* Seven weeks study *
De Anima
The Nature of Things
Nichomachean Ethics
* Eighteen weeks study *
On the Incarnation
* One week study *
* Three weeks study *
Government (Civics)
The Republic
* Six weeks study *
Writing (Composition)
Six papers totaling 21 to 27 pages.

Course Description

Great Books Tutorial II comprehensively surveys classical Greek, Roman and early patristic literature. The course integrates readings from History, Philosophy, Theology, Literature and Government in order to examine the development of Western cultural trends and ideas from a Biblical worldview. Also provided are expositional and argumentative writing exercises based on analytical reading and critical thinking.  This is an honors level course.

    Great Books Tutorial III

    Canterbury Tales
    As You Like It
    Henry IV, part I
    Richard II
    *7 weeks study*
    City of God
    Prologium, Monologium, Cur Deus Homo
    Summa Theologiae
    Divine Comedy
    *27 weeks study*
    The Prince
    *1 week study*

    Writing (Composition)
    Four papers totaling 24 to 28 pages.

    Course Description

      Great Books Tutorial III comprehensively surveys classical patristic and Medieval literature. The course integrates readings from Theology, Literature and Government in order to examine the development of Western cultural trends and ideas from a Biblical worldview. Also provided are expositional and argumentative writing exercises based on analytical reading and critical thinking.  This is an honors level course.


Great Books Tutorial IV

Essays of Montainge
Novum Organum
Discourse on Method
Discourse on Metaphysics
Principles of Nature and Grace
Treatise on Human Nature
* Fifteen weeks study *
Institute of the Christian Religion
Commentary on Galations
St. Matthew Passion
* Eight weeks study *
Don Quixote
Paradise Lost
Gulliver's Travels
* Eight weeks study *
Government (Civics)
* Three weeks study *
Woman Holding a Balance
A Lady Writing
* One week study *

Writing (Composition)
Four papers totaling 24 to 28 pages.

Course Description

    Great Books Tutorial IV comprehensively surveys Reformation and Enlightenment literature. The course integrates readings from Theology, Literature and Government in order to examine the development of Western cultural trends and ideas from a Biblical worldview. Also provided are expositional and argumentative writing exercises based on analytical reading and critical thinking.  This is an honors level course.


Great Books Tutorial V

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (2)
Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals(2)
Phenomenolgy of Spirit (5)
Beyond Good and Evil 
Phenomenology and the Crisis of Philosophy
* Eleven weeks study *
Fear and Trembling
God in the Dock
* Two weeks study *
Huckleberry Finn
War and Peace (2)
The Brothers Karamazov (2)
* Five weeks study *
Government (Civics)
Discourse on the Origins of Inequality
The Social Contract
Wealth of Nations (3)
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Federalist
Democracy in America (2)
* Ten weeks study *
The Ego and the ID
* One week study *
Wealth of Nations (3)
Capital (3)
* Six weeks study *
Tristan and Isolde
* One week study *

Writing (Composition)
Two papers totaling 24 to 28 pages.

Course Description

    Great Books Tutorial V comprehensively surveys Modern literature. The course integrates readings from Theology, Literature and Government in order to examine the development of Western cultural trends and ideas from a Biblical worldview. Also provided are expositional and argumentative writing exercises based on analytical reading and critical thinking.  This is an honors level course.