How to Read Classic Texts

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One of the foundational premises of the Basic Program is that reading is a skill. And that like many skills, one can get better at reading through theoretically-informed practice. In this short course, we will examine the theoretical perspective on good reading contained in Mortimer Adler’s famous How to Read a Book, which we will practice through a close examination of the beginnings of a range of classic texts. After all, if we don’t understand the beginning of a work, how can we hope to understand the ending?

Texts
  • Adler and Van Doren, How to Read a Book
  • Various case study texts
TAUGHT: SEPTEMBER 2020, SUMMER 2021, SEPTEMBER 2021