Reading the Classics

GreatBooksIn a recent lecture posted to the site BigThink, philosopher Jeffrey Brenzel* of Yale University posits that reading classic works of philosophy and literature can “build your intellectual muscle…. grapple with the big questions in your own life and improve your judgment.”  What do you think? Some of the works that Brenzel talks about are listed below. The links will take you to the library catalog information about each title.

Dialogues of Plato
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
City of God (St. Augustine)
Leviathan  (Thomas Hobbes)
King Lear  (Shakespeare)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)


*Jeffrey Brenzel is Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University and a Lecturer in Yale’s Philosophy Department.

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