Online Great Books allows us to learn as our civilization learned, by reading the key texts completely and in order, so our fund of knowledge grows, just as it did in the West.
We take the ideas of ancient Greece, follow them through their evolution in Rome, the middle ages, the enlightenment, right up to our own time. We read the best, men like Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Kant, Wittgenstein, et al., and allow them to teach us.
We push our members to do the hard work it takes to become classically educated men and women who are ready to apply their newfound knowledge in every aspect of their lives. OGB also provides accountability, encouraging you to stay the course and obtain the educational goals you have set for yourself.
Benefits of OGB Membership
When you sign up, you’ll be assigned to a 15 member “Class” of like-minded comrades who will help support your commitment to mastering the great ideas.
Not only will your classmates help keep you accountable to your goals, each day you’ll be asked to check in and let your group know 1)What did you read?, and 2) What questions or comments do you have about the text of the day?
A classic book each month
Membership includes a hard-copy of each month’s reading material shipped directly to your home.
Earn diplomas that represent mastery of specific ideas, schools of thought, and authors. Some of them are easier to achieve, and others are genuine commitments to struggle, but you’ll love working for each of them.
World class Interlocutors
Members benefit from world class Interlocutors trained in conducting Socratic seminars. These Interlocutors act as a midwife in your seminar meeting, helping members develop their dialectical and rhetorical skills, ask thought provoking questions, and ensure that Seminar discourse is at its highest possible level.
Growing Confidence & Speaking Skills
Gaining knowledge through the readings and the seminar experience make our members more confident in thought and in speech. Your Interlocutor and fellow group members will help you improve your ability to express yourself, persuade others, and think on your feet.
With Online Great Books you’ll make friends for a LIFETIME, plus you receive $100’s of dollars of FREE books throughout the year– books you’ll make notes in, learn and have forever. Maybe most importantly, you’ll receive benefit from our Interlocutors, who are skilled in leading Socratic seminars and will help you get the most out of your Seminar.
Your Welcome Kit includes:
- A FREE physical copy of How to Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler. This is THE guide to becoming a better reader.
- A FREE physical copy of The Iliad as translated by Robert Fagles. This is your first text!
- The OGB Handbook.
- The OGB reading list.
Over the first year you will receive nearly $200 in books alone.