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Text Box: Under Repair

Date

Reading

Source

June 4, 2005

Sophocles:  Oedipus the King*

Series V

June 18

I. Bashevis Singer:  The Spinoza of Market Street*

50th

July 16

Rumi:  Poetry

Handout

August 6

Emerson:  Self-Reliance*

GC-1

August 20

Flora-Annie Steele:  Tom-Tit-Tot and Caporushes*

50th

September 3

Flaubert:   A Simple Heart*

Series V

September 17

Pascal:  Pensées (Selection)

GC-1

October 15

V. Woolf:  To the Lighthouse*

50th/ BYOT

November 5

Aquinas:  <<To Be Determined>>

GBWW

November 19

Kafka:  The Metamorphosis*

Series V

December 3

Jung:  The Stages of Life

GC-1

December 17

Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Part I)

Series V

January 21, ‘06

Whitman:  Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking*

GC-1

February 4

J. Skvorecky:  Emöke

50th

February 18

Hume:  Of Personal Identity

Series V

March 4

J. M. Keynes:  The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Selection)

Handout

March 18

Dawkins:  The Ancestor’s Tale (Selection)

BYOT

April 15

Hawthorne:   The Scarlet Letter*

GC-1/BYOT

May 6

Hawthorne:   The Scarlet Letter* 2nd Discussion

GC-1/BYOT

May 20

Ibsen:  An Enemy of the People*

GC-1

Date

Reading

Source

June 2, 2006

Kierkegaard:   Either/Or (Selection)

50th

June 18

Aeschylus:  Prometheus Bound*

GC-1

July 16

U.S. Constitution

Handout

August 6

Shakespeare:  King Lear*

Series V

August 20

Karl Popper:  The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Selection)

Handout

September 3

de Toqueville:  Democracy in America (Selection)

GC-1

September 17

Charles Beard:  An Economic Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution (Selection)

Series V

October 15

S. Bellow:  Seize the Day*

GC-1/ BYOT

November 5

Beowulf

BYOT

November 19

Schroedinger:  What is Life?*

Handout

December 3

Y. Mishima:  Patriotism

50th

December 17

Adams: The Education of Henry Adams (Selection)

Series V

January 21, ‘07

Plato:  Theaetetus

GBWW

February 4

Aristotle:  On the Soul (Selection)

GBWW

February 18

Aquinas:  Summa Theologica (Selection)

GBWW

March 4

Berkeley:   Human Knowledge (Selection)

GBWW

March 18

E.O. Wilson:  Consilience (Selection)

BYOT

April 15

V. Nabokov:   Lolita*

50th/BYOT

May 6

V. Nabokov:   Lolita* - 2nd Discussion

 

May 20

S. Hawking:  The Universe in a Nutshell, Chs. 3 and 6

BYOT

Date

Reading

Source

June 2, 2007

Plato:   The Apology*

Series I

July 21

Conrad:  Heart of Darkness*

Series I

August 4

Alice Munro:  Boys and Girls*

GC-1

September 8

Marx & Engels:  The Communist Manifesto*

GBWW, v. 50

September 22

G. Washington:  Farewell Address ( 1796)*

Handout, www

October 20

Richard P. Feynman:  The Character of Physical Law*

BYOT

November 3

T. Dobzhansky:  Essay TBD

Handout

November 17

J. H. Poincaré:  The Value of Science (Selection)

GC-1

December 1

Thorstein Veblen:  The Theory of the Leisure Class (Selection)

GC-1

December 15

Montaigne: Of Friendship & Of Solitude*

GC-1

January 19, ‘08

Aristotle:  On Happiness

Series I

February 2

Kant:  Conscience

Series I

February 16

Cicero:  On the Nature of the Gods

Handout

March 8

Freud:   Thoughts for the Times on War and Death

GC-1

March 22

Chekhov:  The House with the Mezzanine*

Handout

April 19

Frederick Douglass:  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave*

GC-1, BYOT

May 3

Tillie Olsen:  Tell Me a Riddle*

GC-1

May 17

Plato:  Meno*

GBWW, v. 7

Date

Reading

Source

June 7, 2008

Bible:   Genesis

Series I, Handout

June 21

Gordimer:  Which New Era Would That Be?*

GC-2

July 19

Clausewitz:  What Is War?

www

August 2

Shakespeare:  Othello*

Series I

September 13

Rousseau:  The Social Contract

Series I

September 27

Hannah Arendt:  Eichmann in Jerusalem*

BYOT, GC-2

October 18

Schopenhauer:  On the Different Periods of Life*

Handout

November 1

Willa Cather:  Death Comes for the Archbishop*

BYOT

November 15

John M. Synge:  The Playboy of the Western World*

GC-2

December 6

Carl Menger:  Principles of Economics (Selections)

Handout

December 20

Max Planck: Physics and World Philosophy*

GC-2

January 17, ‘09

Gogol:  The Nose*

GC-2

February 7

Poe:  The Fall of the House of Usher*

GC-2

February 21

Darwin:  The Moral Sense of Man & the Lower Animals

Series I

March 14

John Rawls:   Distributive Justice

GC-2

March 28

John Donne:  Selected Poems*

GC-2

April 18

Whitaker Chambers:  Witness (Selections)

Handout

May 2

Selection on Chaos Theory;  Tbd

Handout

May 16

Plato:  The Republic

Series V

 

 

 

Date

Reading

Source

June 6, 2009

Sophocles:  Antigone*

Series I

June 20

M. Aurelius:  Meditations (Selection) – Staniforth translation

BYOT

August 1

Asimov:  Foundation*

BYOT

August 15

Bible:  The Story of Samson*

GC-2

September 12

Dostoevsky:  The Grand Inquisitor*

GC-2

September 26

F. von Hayek:  Planning and Democracy

GC-2

October 17

Mary Shelley:  Frankenstein*

BYOT

November 7

Simmel:  Individual Freedom

Series I

November 21

Hume:  Of Justice and Injustice

Series I

December 5

Friedman & Schwartz:  The Great Contraction

Handout

January 16, ‘10

Frank O’Connor:  Guests of the Nation*

GC-2

February 6

W. James:  Mysticism*

Handout

February 20

C. Rossetti:  Goblin Market*

GC-2

March 13

Toqueville:   Democracy in America (Selection)

Series I

March 28

<Selection on Genetic Engineering - TBD>

Handout

April 18

James T. Cushing:  Philosophical Concepts in Physics (Selection)

Handout

May 2

Descartes: Meditations One and Two

GC-2

May 16

Melville:  Bartleby the Scrivener*

GC-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Reading

Source

September 11

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War:  The Sicilian Expedition

Email

October 9

Reinhold Niebuhr: The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness

GC-5

November 13

Iris Murdoch: The Bell

BYOT

December 11

Eudora Welty: A Still Moment

GC-5

January 8, 2012

J. S. Mill: The Criterion of a Good Form of Government

GC-5

February 12

Nicholas Wade: Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of our Ancestors

BYOT

March 11

Bertrand Russell: Philosophy and Knowledge

GC-5

April 15

Gregor Mendel: Experiments in Plant Hybridization (selection plus supplementary material)

 Handout

May 13

Thomas Pangle: The Philosophic Understandings of Human Nature Informing the Constitution

Email

June 10

Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mladinow: The Grand Design

BYOT

July 8

Ruth Benedict: Anthropology and the Abnormal

GC-5

Date

Reading

Source

June 6, 2010

Euripides: Hekabe

GC-5

July 11

Hawthorne: Ethan Brand

GC-5

September 19

Santayana: Masks

GC-5

October 10

D.H. Lawrence: The Man Who Loved Islands

GC-5

November 14

Akutagawa Ryunosuke: The Hell Screen

GC-5

December 12

Darwin: Autobiography

Handout

January 9, 2011

Doris Lessing: To Room Nineteen

GC-5

February 13

Simone Weil: Human Personality

GC-5

March 13

Sartre: Why Write?

GC-5

April 10

Richard Wright: Bright and Morning Star

GC-5

May 8

Hesse: Siddhartha

GC-5

June 12

John Keats: Selected Poems

GC-5

July 10

Thomas Mann: Death in Venice

BYOB

Sep 9, 2012

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

GC-3 Q’s only-BYOT

Oct 21

The Pardoner's Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer

GC-3

 

Nov 11

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

David Hume

GC-3 

 

Dec 9

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie

BYOT

 

Jan 13, 2013

The Man Who Would Be King

Rudyard Kipling

GC-3 

 

Feb 10

The Chemical History of a Candle

Michael Faraday

WWW

Mar 10

The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré de Balzac

GC-3 

 

Apr 14

Second Epilogue to War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

GC-3 

 

May 12

Two Concepts of Liberty

Isaiah Berlin

WWW

Jun 2

A Defence of Poetry*

Percy Bysshe Shelley

GC-3

 

Jul 14

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Luigi Pirandello

GC-3