Comparison of Two Editions of the Great Books of the Western World

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My apologies for the ugly formatting! Changes in the translation used have not be noted below (I hope to include that eventually).

Volumes of the Second Edition Comparison to First Edition
The Great Conversation (separate volume) Rewrite of 1
1. The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas: Angel to Love Revision of 2
2. The Syntopicon (continued), Man to World Revision of 3
3. Homer, Iliad, Odyssey Same as 4
4. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Aeschylus. Plays, Sophocles. Plays, Euripides. Plays, Aristophanes. Plays Same as 5
5. Herodotus, Thucydides, Herodotus. History, Thucydides. The History of the Peloponnesian War Same as 6
6. Plato, Dialogues, Seventh Letter Same as 7
7. Aristotle (I), Works Same as 8
8. Aristotle (II), Works (continued) Same as 9
9. Hippocrates, Galen, Hippocrates. Hippocratic Writings, Galen. On the Natural Faculties Same as 10
10. Euclid, Archimedes, Nicomachus, Euclid. Elements, Archimedes. Works (including The Method), Nicomachus. Introduction to Arithmetic Same as 11 but dropped Apollonius of Perga
11. Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, Lucretius The Way Things Are, Epictetus. Discourses, Marcus Aurelius. The Meditations, Plotinus. The Six Enneads Combines 12 (Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius) and 17 (Plotinus)
12. Virgil, Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid Same as 13
13. Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Same as 14
14. Tacitus, Annals, Histories Same as 15
15. Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Ptolemy. Almagest, Copernicus. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Kepler. Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, Kepler. The Harmonies of the World Same as 16 (17 Plotinus—see 11)
16. Augustine, The Confessions, The City of God, On Christian Doctrine Same as 18
17. Thomas Aquinas (I), Summa Theologica Same as 19
18. Thomas Aquinas (II), Summa Theologica (continued) Same as 20
19. Dante, Chaucer, Dante. Divine Comedy, Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer. Canterbury Tales Combines 21 (Dante) and 22 (Chaucer)
20. Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion New
21. Machiavelli, Hobbes, Machiavelli. The Prince, Hobbes. Leviathan, or, Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil Same as 23
22. Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel Same as 24
23. Erasmus, Montaigne, Erasmus. Praise of Folly, Montaigne. Essays Adds Erasmus to 25 (Montaigne)
24. Shakespeare (I), The Plays and Sonnets Same as 26
25. Shakespeare (II), The Plays and Sonnets (continued) Same as 27
26. Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey, Gilbert. On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies, Galileo. Concerning the Two New Sciences, Harvey. On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, Harvey. On the Circulation of the Blood, Harvey. On the Generation of Animals Same as 28
27. Cervantes, The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha Same as 29
28. Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Bacon. Advancement of Learning, Bacon. Novum Organum, Bacon. New Atlantis, Descartes. Rules for the Direction of the Mind, Descartes. Discourse on the Method, Descartes. Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes. Objections Against the Meditations and Replies, Descartes. The Geometry, Spinoza. Ethics Combines 30 (Bacon) and 31 (Descartes, Spinoza)
29. Milton, English minor poems, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, Areopagitica Same as 32
30. Pascal, The Provincial Letters, Pensees, Scientific Treatises Same as 33
31. Moliere, Racine, Moliere. The School for Wives, Moliere. The Critique of the School for Wives, Moliere. Tartuffe, Moliere. Don Juan, Moliere. The Miser, Moliere. The Would-Be Gentleman, Moliere. The Would-Be Invalid, Racine. Berenice New
32. Newton, Huygens, Newton. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Newton. Optics, Huygens. Treatise on Light Same as 34
33. Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Locke. A Letter Concerning Toleration, Locke. Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay, Locke. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Berkeley. The Principles of Human Knowledge, Hume. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Same as 35
34. Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Swift. Gulliver's Travels, Voltaire. Candide, Diderot. Rameau's Nephew Modification of 36 replaces Sterne with Voltaire and Diderot; 37 (Fielding) dropped
35. Montesquieu, Rousseau, Montesquieu. The Spirit of Laws, Rousseau. On the Origin of Inequality, Rousseau. On Political Economy, Rousseau. The Social Contract Same as 38
36. Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations Same as 39
37. Gibbon (I), History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Same as 40
38. Gibbon (II), History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (continued) Same as 41
39. Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason, The Critique of Practical Reason, and Other Ethical Treatises, The Critique of Judgment Same as 42
40. American State Papers, The Federalist, Mill, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, The Constitution, Hamilton, Madison, Jay. The Federalist, Mill. On Liberty, Mill. Representative Government, Mill. Utilitarianism Same as 43
41. Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. Same as 44
42. Lavoisier, Faraday, Lavoisier. Elements of Chemistry, Faraday. Experimental Researches in Electricity Same as 45 except drops Fourier
43. Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Hegel. The Philosophy of Right, Hegel. The Philosophy of History, Kierkegaard. Fear and Trembling, Nietzsche. Beyond Good and Evil Adds Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to 46
44. Tocqueville, Democracy in America New
45. Goethe, Balzac, Goethe. Faust: Parts One and Two, Balzac. Cousin Bette Adds Balzac to 47
46. Austen, Eliot, Austen. Emma, Eliot. Middlemarch New
47. Dickens, Little Dorrit New
48. Melville, Twain, Melville. Moby Dick, or, The Whale, Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Adds Twain to 48
49. Darwin, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex Same as 49
50. Marx, Engels, Marx (edited by Engels). Capital, Marx and Engels. Manifesto of the Communist Party Same as 50
51. Tolstoy, War and Peace Same as 51
52. Dostoyevsky, Ibsen, Dostoyevsky. The Brothers Karamazov, Ibsen. A Doll's House, Ibsen. The Wild Duck, Ibsen. Hedda Gabler, Ibsen. The Master Builder Adds Ibsen to 52
53. James, The Principles of Psychology Same as 53
54. Freud, The Major Works of Sigmund Freud Same as 54
55. 20th Century Philosophy and Religion, James. Pragmatism, Bergson. An Introduction to Metaphysics, Dewey. Experience and Education, Whitehead. Science and the Modern World, Russell. The Problems of Philosophy, Heidegger. What is Metaphysics?, Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations, Barth. The Word of God and the Word of Man New
56. 20th Century Natural Science, Poincare. Science and Hypothesis, Planck. Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, Whitehead. An Introduction to Mathematics, Einstein. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Eddington. The Expanding Universe, Bohr. Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature (selections), Bohr. Discussion with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics, Hardy. A Mathematician's Apology, Heisenberg. Physics and Philosophy, Schrodinger. What is Life?, Dobzhansky. Genetics and the Origin of Species, Waddington. The Nature of Life New
57. 20th Century Social Science (I), Veblen. The Theory of the Leisure Class, Tawney. The Acquisitive Society, Keynes. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money New
58. 20th Century Social Science (II), Frazer. The Golden Bough (selections), Weber. Essays in Sociology (selections), Huizinga. The Waning of the Middle Ages, Levi-Strauss. Structural Anthropology (selections) New
59. 20th Century Imaginative Literature (I), James. The Beast in the Jungle, Shaw. Saint Joan, Conrad. Heart of Darkness, Chekhov. Uncle Vanya, Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author, Proust. Remembrance of Things Past. "Swann in Love", Cather. A Lost Lady, Mann. Death in Venice, Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man New
60. 20th Century Imaginative Literature (II), Woolf. To the Lighthouse, Kafka. Metamorphosis, Lawrence. The Prussian Officer, Eliot. The Waste Land, O'Neill. Mourning Becomes Electra, Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby, Faulkner. A Rose for Emily, Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children, Hemingway. The Short Happy Life of Macomber, Orwell. Animal Farm, Beckett. Waiting for Godot New

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