So, I've set out to read the long list of the most significant works in theWestern canon as judged by the venerable Mortimer J. Adler. I have two majorreasons for doing this: First, you cannot take part in the great discussions ofthe Western Civilization(tm) without familiarizing yourself with the backgroundfirst. Second, most of this stuff, in my opinion, is just fun to read. I willnot, however, be reading the editions in Adler's Great Books of the WesternWorld series. This is primarily because the editions in that set were limitedby the cost of reprinting rights which resulted in a generally inferiorselection compared to what one might buy individually.