A Jesting Pilate: The Great Books and Today's Students

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"I suppose it is the Goethe in all of us who poses the question, each time we put together a new syllabus or rework entire curricula, of how we might distinguish between works of art and literature that are commonplace and those that are of enduring value, those that are sensational and shallow, and those that reward our hardest intellectual efforts. The truth remains: our students, no less than those of Goethe's time, must be introduced to what we ourselves have experienced to be excellent, inexhaustible, and most worthy of our attention."


DOI: 10.1007/BF02682818