Great Books of the Western World

The Great Books of the Western World is a series of books published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. The first edition of 54 volumes was published in 1952. A second edition was published in 1990 which contained 60 volumes.

Great Books of the Western World

  1. Robert Maynard Hutchins
    The Great Conversation: The Substance of a Liberal Education
  2. Mortimer J. Adler, Editor in Chief and William Gorman, General Editor
    The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon Vol I: Angel to Love
  3. Mortimer J. Adler, Editor in Chief and William Gorman, General Editor
    The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon Vol II: Man to World
  4. Homer
    The Iliad • The Odyssey
  5. Aeschylus
    The Suppliant Maidens • The Persians • Seven Against Thebes • Prometheus Bound • Agamemnon • Choephoroe • The Eumenides
    Sophocles
    Oedipus the King • Oedipus at Colonus • Antigone • Ajax • Electra • The Trachiniae • Philoctetes
    Euripides
    Rhesus • Medea • Hippolytus • Alcestis • Heracleidae • The Suppliants • Trojan Women • Ion • Helen • Andromache • Electra • Bacchantes • • Hecuba • Heracles Mad • Phoenician Women • Orestes • Iphigeneia in Tauris • Iphigeneia at Aulis • Cyclops
    Aristophanes
    The Acharnians • The Knights • The Clouds • The Wasps • Peace • The Birds • The Frogs • Lysistrata • Thesmophoriazusae • Ecclesiazousae • Plutus
  6. Herodotus
    The History
    Thucydides
    History of the Peloponnesian War
  7. Plato
    Charmides • Lysis • Laches • Protagoras • Euthydemus • Cratylus • Phaedrus • Ion • Symposium • Meno • Euthyphro • Apology • Crito • Phaedo • Gorgias • The Republic • Timaeus • Critias • Parmenides • Theaetetus • Sophist • Statesman • Philebus • Laws • The Seventh Letter
  8. Aristotle
    Categories • On Interpretation • Prior Analytics • Posterior Analytics • Topics • Sophistical Refutations • Physics • On the Heavens • On Generation and Corruption • Meteorology • Metaphysics • On the Soul
  9. Aristotle
    History of Animals • Parts of Animals • On the Motion of Animals • On the Gait of Animals • On the Generation of Animals • Nicomachean Ethics • Politics • The Athenian Constitution • Rhetoric • Poetics
  10. Hippocrates
    Galen
    On the Natural Faculties
  11. Euclid
    The Thirteen Books of Euclid’s Elements
    Archimedes
    On the Sphere and Cylinder • Measurement of a Circle • On Conoids and Spheroids • On Spirals • On the Equilibrium of Planes • The Sand Reckoner • The Quadrature of the Parabola • On Floating Bodies • Book of Lemmas • The Method Treating of Mechanical Problems
    Apollonius of Perga
    On Conic Sections
    Nicomachus of Gerasa
    Introduction to Arithmetic
  12. Lucretius
    On the Nature of Things
    Epictetus
    The Discourses
    Marcus Aurelius
    The Meditations
  13. Virgil
    The Eclogues • The Georgics • The Aeneid
  14. Plutarch
    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
  15. P. Cornelius Tacitus
    The Annals • The Histories
  16. Ptolemy
    The Almagest
    Nicolaus Copernicus
    On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
    Johannes Kepler
    Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (Books IV–V) • The Harmonies of the World (Book V)
  17. Plotinus
    The Six Enneads
  18. Saint Augustine
    The Confessions • The City of God • On Christian Doctrine
  19. Saint Thomas Aquinas
    Summa Theologica, Part I and Part II (partial)
  20. Saint Thomas Aquinas
    Summa Theologica, Part II (partial), Part III (partial) and Part III Supplement (partial)
  21. Dante Alighieri
    The Divine Comedy
  22. Geoffrey Chaucer
    Troilus and Cressida • The Canterbury Tales
  23. Niccolò Machiavelli
    The Prince
    Thomas Hobbes
    Leviathan, or, Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
  24. François Rabelais
    Gargantua and Pantagruel
  25. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
    Essays
  26. William Shakespeare
    The First Part of King Henry the Sixth • The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth • The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth • The Tragedy of Richard the Third • The Comedy of Errors • Titus Andronicus • The Taming of the Shrew • The Two Gentlemen of Verona • Love’s Labour’s Lost • Romeo and Juliet • The Tragedy of King Richard the Second • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • The Life and Death of King John • The Merchant of Venice • The First Part of King Henry the Fourth • The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth • Much Ado About Nothing • The Life of King Henry the Fifth • Julius Caesar • As You Like It
  27. William Shakespeare
    Twelfth Night; or, What You Will • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark • The Merry Wives of Windsor • Troilus and Cressida • All’s Well That Ends Well • Measure for Measure • Othello, the Moor of Venice • King Lear • Macbeth • Antony and Cleopatra • Coriolanus • Timon of Athens • Pericles, Prince of Tyre • Cymbeline • The Winter’s Tale • The Tempest • The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth • Sonnets
  28. William Gilbert
    On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
    Galileo Galilei
    Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences
    William Harvey
    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals • On the Circulation of Blood • On the Generation of Animals
  29. Miguel de Cervantes
    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha
  30. Sir Francis Bacon
    The Advancement of Learning • Novum Organum • New Atlantis
  31. René Descartes
    Rules for the Direction of the Mind • Discourse on the Method • Meditations on First Philosophy • Objections Against the Meditations and Replies • The Geometry
    Benedict de Spinoza
    Ethics
  32. John Milton
    English Minor Poems • Paradise Lost • Samson Agonistes • Areopagitica
  33. Blaise Pascal
    The Provincial Letters • Pensées • Preface to the Treatise on the Vavuum • New Experiments Concerning the Vacuum • Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids • Treatises on the Equilibrium of Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air • On Geometrical Demonstration • Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle • Correspondence with Fermat on the Theory of Probabilities
  34. Sir Isaac Newton
    Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy • Optics
    Christian Huygens
    Treatise on Light
  35. John Locke
    A Letter Concerning Toleration • Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    George Berkeley
    The Principles of Human Knowledge
    David Hume
    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  36. Jonathan Swift
    Gulliver’s Travels
    Laurence Sterne
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
  37. Henry Fielding
    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  38. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu
    The Spirit of the Laws
    Jean Jacques Rousseau
    A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality • A Discourse on Political Economy • The Social Contract
  39. Adam Smith
    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
  40. Edward Gibbon
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Chapters 1-40)
  41. Edward Gibbon
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Chapters 41-71)
  42. Immanuel Kant
    Critique of Pure Reason • Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals • Critique of Practical Reason • Preface and Introduction to the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics with a note on Conscience • General Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals • The Science of Right • The Critique of Judgement
  43. American State Papers
    Declaration of Independence • Articles of Confederation • The Constitution of the United States of America
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
    The Federalist
    John Stuart Mill
    On Liberty • Considerations on Representative Government • Utilitarianism
  44. James Boswell
    The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
  45. Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
    Elements of Chemistry
    Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier
    Analytical Theory of Heat
    Michael Faraday
    Experimental Researches in Electricity
  46. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    The Philosophy of Right • The Philosophy of History
  47. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Faust
  48. Herman Melville
    Moby Dick; or, The Whale
  49. Charles Darwin
    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
  50. Karl Marx
    Capital
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    Manifesto of the Communist Party
  51. Count Leo Tolstoy
    War and Peace
  52. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
    The Brothers Karamazov
  53. William James
    The Principles of Psychology
  54. Sigmund Freud
    The Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis • Selected Papers on Hysteria • The Sexual Enlightenment of Children • The Future Prospects of Psycho-Analytic Therapy • Observations on “Wild” Psycho-Analysis • The Interpretation of Dreams • On Narcissism • Instincts and Their Vicissitudes • Repression • The Unconscious • A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis • Beyond the Pleasure Principle • Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego • The Ego and the Id • Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety • Thoughts for the Times on War and Death • Civilization and Its Discontents • New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis

Differences in 1990 second edition:

  1. John Calvin
    Institutes of the Christian Religion
  2. Erasmus
    The Praise of Folly
  3. Molière
    The School for Wives • The Critique of the School for Wives • Tartuffe • Don Juan • The Miser • The Would-Be Gentleman • The Imaginary Invalid
    Jean Racine
    Bérénice • Phèdre
  4. Voltaire
    Candide
    Denis Diderot
    Rameau’s Nephew
  5. Søren Kierkegaard
    Fear and Trembling
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Beyond Good and Evil
  6. Alexis de Tocqueville
    Democracy in America
  7. Honoré de Balzac
    Cousin Bette
  8. Jane Austen
    Emma
    George Eliot
    Middlemarch
  9. Charles Dickens
    Little Dorrit
  10. Mark Twain
    Huckleberry Finn
  11. Henrik Ibsen
    A Doll’s House • The Wild Duck • Hedda Gabler • The Master Builder
  12. William James
    Pragmatism
    Henri Bergson
    An Introduction to Metaphysics
    John Dewey
    Experience and Education
    Alfred North Whitehead
    Science and the Modern World
    Bertrand Russell
    The Problems of Philosophy
    Martin Heidegger
    What Is Metaphysics?
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Philosophical Investigations
    Karl Barth
    The Word of God and the Word of Man
  13. Henri Poincaré
    Science and Hypothesis
    Max Planck
    Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers
    Alfred North Whitehead
    An Introduction to Mathematics
    Albert Einstein
    Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
    Arthur Eddington
    The Expanding Universe
    Niels Bohr
    Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature • Discussion with Einstein on Epistemology
    G. H. Hardy
    A Mathematician’s Apology
    Werner Heisenberg
    Physics and Philosophy
    Erwin Schrödinger
    What Is Life?
    Theodosius Dobzhansky
    Genetics and the Origin of Species
    C. H. Waddington
    The Nature of Life
  14. Thorstein Veblen
    The Theory of the Leisure Class
    R. H. Tawney
    The Acquisitive Society
    John Maynard Keynes
    The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
  15. Sir James George Frazer
    The Golden Bough
    Max Weber
    Essays in Sociology
    Johan Huizinga
    The Autumn of the Middle Ages
    Claude Lévi-Strauss
    Structural Anthropology
  16. Henry James
    The Beast in the Jungle
    George Bernard Shaw
    Saint Joan
    Joseph Conrad
    Heart of Darkness
    Anton Chekhov
    Uncle Vanya
    Luigi Pirandello
    Six Characters in Search of an Author
    Marcel Proust
    Remembrance of Things Past: “Swann in Love”
    Willa Cather
    A Lost Lady
    Thomas Mann
    Death in Venice
    James Joyce
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  17. Virginia Woolf
    To the Lighthouse
    Franz Kafka
    The Metamorphosis
    D. H. Lawrence
    The Prussian Officer
    T. S. Eliot
    The Waste Land
    Eugene O’Neill
    Mourning Becomes Electra
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Great Gatsby
    William Faulkner
    A Rose for Emily
    Bertolt Brecht
    Mother Courage and Her Children
    Ernest Hemingway
    The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
    George Orwell
    Animal Farm
    Samuel Beckett
    Waiting for Godot