Great Books

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The Greak Books philosophy of education advocates the teaching of canonical and "classic" works, primarily of literature and philosophy. This method undergirds the present-day Core Curriculum, particularly the central classes of Lit Hum and Contemporary Civilization, although the latter has not always been guided by it.

The first advocates for the Great Books were almost all Columbia scholars. John Erskine, Mortimer Adler, and Mark Van Doren were the most prominent among them.

Great Books is also the title of a book by alum David Denby on his experiences retaking the Core.