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The Hillsdale Dialogues: The Fall Reading List

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Reading Schedule for Dr. Larry Arnn’s fall seminar on Totalitarianism, which will be be our compass for the next many weeks of the Hillsdale Dialogues, all of which are available at

Class 1: Introduction

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Joes Sachs translation; Amazon link
    • Book 1, Chapters  1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13.
  • Aristotle, The Politics, Carnes Lord translation; Amazon link
    • Politics, Book 1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4
    • Politics, Book 3, Chapter 13
    • Politics, Book 5, Chapters 10 and 11
  • The Landmark Herodotus; Amazon link
    • The Histories, 5.92

Classes 2-3: 1984: Totalitarianism Seen from the Bottom; Amazon link

Classes 4-5: Darkness at Noon: Totalitarianism Seen from the Peak; Amazon link

Classes 6-7: Brave New World: Totalitarianism and Pleasure; Amazon link

Classes 8-10: Abolition of Man; Amazon link

Class 11-12: That Hideous Strength; Amazon link

Class 13: Winston Churchill: Totalitarianism and the Statesman

  • “50 Years Hence”
  • “Mass Effects in Modern Life”

Class 14: David Baltimore and Paul Berg

  • “Let’s Hit ‘Pause’ Before Altering Humankind”

Class 15: Conclusion



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