The term "Great Books" as used in this article refers in general to the classics on the lists compiled by Robert Hutchins and Mortimer Adler of the University of Chicago, Stringfellow Barr of St. John's College, and John Erskine of Columbia University, with the exception of the books which fall into the categories of the exact sciences and belles-Iettres. Those surviving this subtraction come under the broad terms of philosophy and social science, and it is just these Great Books which this article considers. -



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