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Past Events

Free Community Seminar Series

November 11, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

Federalist Papers 2

November 9, 2019

The Origin of Species (selections)

by Charles Darwin

Free Community Seminar Series

November 7, 2019

Eastern Classics

Tao Te Ching, Chapter Two

November 2, 2019
The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought (selections) by Thomas Kuhn
 

Free Community Seminar Series

October 28, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

Federalist Papers 1

Free Community Seminar Series

October 23, 2019

Greek Philosophy

Symposium by Plato - Part III

Free Community Seminar Series

October 17, 2019

Eastern Classics

Tao Te Ching, Chapter One

Free Community Seminar Series

October 14, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

The Articles of Confederation, Part III

September 28, 2019

Lincoln's Pre-Civil War Speeches:
Timely Thoughts on Enduring Political Institutions
 

Free Community Seminar Series

September 25, 2019

Greek Philosophy

Symposium by Plato - Part II

Free Community Seminar Series

September 23, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

The Articles of Confederation, Part II

September 14, 2019
Two Dialogues of Plato
Apology and Crito

Free Community Seminar Series

September 11, 2019

Greek Philosophy

Symposium by Plato - Part One

Free Community Seminar Series

September 9, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

The Articles of Confederation, Part I

August 31, 2019

The Theory of the Leisure ClassPart II
by Thorstein Veblen

Free Community Seminar Series

August 28, 2019

Greek Philosophy

Meno by Plato - Part Two

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Italian Movie Night II
The Bicycle Thieves

Free Community Seminar Series

August 26, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

The Declaration of Independence Part II

August 25, 2019
Ojai Chautauqua Panel Series on Education
What is Education For?

Free Community Seminar Series

August 14, 2019

Greek Philosophy

Meno by Plato - Part One

Free Community Seminar Series

August 12, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic - Take II

The Declaration of Independence

August 10, 2019
Billy Budd

by Herman Melville
Short Story and Film Presentation

August 4, 2019
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht

Seminar and Play Performance

August 3, 2019
Beyond Good and Evil - Part II

by Friedrich Nietzsche

July 28, 2019
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Is Legal Cannabis Good for Ojai

June 30, 2019

Engage to Impact -
Series on Growth and Innovation
in Ojai Public Schools

Free Community Seminar Series

June 26, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Pythagoras - Golden Verses Part II

Free Community Seminar Series

June 20, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

Letter from Birmingham Jail

June 15, 2019

An Inquiry of Nature  - 
Selections from Newton and Einstein

Free Community Seminar Series

June 12, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Pythagoras - Golden Verses Part I

Free Community Seminar Series

June 6, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

Brown v. Board of Education

June 1, 2019

The Theory of the Leisure ClassPart I
by Thorstein Veblen

Free Community Seminar Series

May 22, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Pythagoras and Geometry continued

May 19, 2019

Responsibility and Judgement
(selections) by Hannah Arendt

Free Public Presentation

May 18, 2019
Adventurous Listening -
A Prelude to the Ojai Music Festival

May 18, 2019

Adventures in Listening:
New Music Since 1899

Free Community Seminar Series
May 16, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic
Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View

Free Community Seminar Series

May 8, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Pythagoras and Geometry

Free Community Seminar Series

May 2, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

Lincoln Douglas Debates

Free Community Seminar Series

April 24, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Democritus on Nature

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Beyond Good and Evil, Part One, by Nietzsche

Free Community Seminar Series

April 18, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

Dred Scott vs. Sanford
1857 Supreme Court Case

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Italian Movie Night

Cinema Paradiso

Sunday, April 14, 2019
The Miser by Molière
Seminar and Play Performance

Free Community Seminar Series

April 10, 2019

Early Greek Philosophy

Empedocles on Nature

April 6, 2019

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez

Free Community Seminar Series

April 4, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendments 22-27

March 30, 2019

Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Not If... But When
Preparing for the Next Wildland Fire

Special Anniversary Celebration

March 23, 2019
The Spirit of Russia Through Story
The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, Master and Man and The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy, and The Dream of a Ridiculous
Man by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Free Community Seminar Series

March 21, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendments 15-21

Free Community Seminar Series

March 7, 2019

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendment 14 revisited

March 2, 2019

The Dead by James Joyce
Short Story and Film Presentation

February 23, 2019
The Book of Ecclesiastes

January 26, 2019
Structural Anthropology - Part One
by Claude Levi-Strauss

Free Community Seminar Series

December 20, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendments 11-14

December 8, 2018

Series - The Feminine - Part II
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Revelation by Flannery O'Connor

Free Community Seminar Series

December 6, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendments 5-10

December 1, 2018

The Book of Genesis
Chapters 1-25

November 18, 2018

The Lady with the Dog

by Anton Chekhov
Short Story and Film Presentation

Free Community Seminar Series

November 15, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Amendments1-4

November 3, 2018

The Analects of Confucius (selections)

Free Community Seminar Series

November 1, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Articles Five, Six, Seven,
and Amendment I

Free Community Seminar Series

October 18, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Articles Two, Three, and Four

October 13, 2018
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

Free Community Seminar Series

October 4, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Constitution - Article One

September 30, 2018

Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Water: Part III
What's Changing and What Might
Still Need to Change

September 22, 2018
Series - On The Feminine

The Franklin's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, and the Introduction and Conclusion from The Second Sex 
by Simone de Beauvoir

Free Community Seminar Series

September 20, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Papers 70, 78, and 85

September 9, 2018

Don Quixote and Man of La Mancha

Seminar and Play Performance

Free Community Seminar Series

September 6, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Papers 68 and 69

Free Community Seminar Series

August 30, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Papers 52 and 62

August 19, 2018

Three Days in the Country 

Seminar and Play Performance

Free Community Seminar Series

August 16, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Paper 51

July 31-August 3, 2018

Four-Day Summer Intensive
Humanity's Place in the Natural World

Panel - Stewardship in the Ojai Valley
August 2, 2018

Free Community Seminar Series

July 19, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Paper 10 continued

Summer Pop-Up Event
July 8, 2018

33 Variations
Play Performance and Post-Show
Gathering with the Director

Free Community Seminar Series

July 5, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic

The Federalist Paper 10

Free Community Seminar Series
June 21, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic
The Federalist Papers 6 and 9

Free Community Seminar Series
June 7, 2018
The Foundations of Our Republic
The Federalist Papers I and II

 

May 19, 2018
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

 

Free Community Seminar Series
May 17, 2018
The Foundations of Our Republic
The Declaration of Independence, Part II

 

Free Community Seminar Series
May 3, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic
The Declaration of Independence, Part I

 

April 21, 2018
Double Header Event 
The Aeneid by Virgil and
Selected Federalist Papers

 

April 15, 2018
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Water: Part II

 

March 24, 2018
Aristotle on Friendship

 

March 18, 2018
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Seminar and Play Performance

 

February 24, 2018
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

February 17, 2018

Ojai Chautauqua Panel

Beyond the Whistle-Blowers: What comes next? Power, Gender, and Writing New Rules for the American Workplace

February 10, 2018
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

January 20, 2018

Can Machines Think? Computing and Intelligence by Alan Turing

November 19, 2017

The Ojai Chautauqua Panel

Tourism in the Ojai Valley

November 18, 2017

Continuing Series on Happiness

Kringelbach and Berridge - The Neurobiology of Pleasure and Happiness and, Steven Pinker - How the Mind Works (selections)

October 20, 2017

The Ojai Chautauqua Panel

An Evening with Dan Schnur and Warren Olney

October 14, 2017

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

September 23, 2017

Hans Jonas Mortality and Morality:

A Search for Good After Auschwitz - Part I

August 26, 2017

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Seminar and Play Performance

June 17, 2017

Kristin Lavransdatter III - The Cross

by Sigrid Undset

June 3, 2017

Ojai Chautauqua Panel

Politics, Media, and Society

May 7, 2017

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 

by Tennessee Williams

Seminar and Play Performance 

May 6, 2017

Ojai Chautauqua Panel

An Unconventional Presidency - Donald Trump’s First One Hundred Days in Office

 

April 1, 2017

Thomas Aquinas on Faith and Reason 

 

March 18, 2017

Reason in History by Hegel 

February 4, 2017

The Future of an Illusion 

by Sigmund Freud 

 

January 7, 2017

Selections from The Quran and

The Life of Muhammad

December 10, 2016

Kristin Lavransdatter, Part II - The Wife

by Sigrid Undset

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ojai Chautauqua Panel 

The 2016 Election - Part II

What Happens Next?

 

September 24, 2016

Spinoza - The Separation of Church and State

September 17, 2016

Ojai Chautauqua Panel

The 2016 Presidential Election Part I - 

How Did We Get Here?

 

September 10, 2016

Continuing Series On Happiness

Augustine - City of God (selections)

June 5, 2016

Hedda Gabler by Ibsen

Seminar and play performance 

April 16, 2016

Continuing Series on Happiness - Aristotle, selections from Nicomachean Ethics

March 19, 2016

Art and the Public Sphere

Rousseau and Aristophanes 

February 13, 2016

On the Concept of Sin

Piper and Thomas Aquinas 

January 30, 2016

Continuing Series on Happiness - 

Seneca, Of a Happy LIfe

November 21, 2015
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek

 

November 1, 2015
Uncle Vanya by Chekhov
Seminar and play performance 

 

September 26, 2015
Beginning Series on Happiness
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and
two essays by Schopenhauer

June 27, 2015

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

May 9, 2015

Love

Plato, Symposium 

Shakespeare, Othello

April 11, 2015

The Wisdom of Genesis

Genesis, Chapters 1-3, 
St. Augustine, Commentary on Genesis

March 14, 2015

On the Right Side of History

Heidegger, Reunion Speech

Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address

Thucydides, Pericles' Funeral Oration

February 21, 2015

On the Soul

Aristotle, On the Soul (selections),

and Leon Kass, NEH Lecture

January 31, 2015

Law and Conscience

Sophocles, Antigone,
Plato, Crito
Speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson

December 13, 2014

What is Charity?

Selections from Aristotle, Frost, O. Henry, Chekhov, the New Testament, and many more. 

November 22, 2014

Short Stories of Willa Cather

Paul's Case, Neighbor Rosicky, 

and Two Friends.

October 11, 2014
What is Life?
Erwin Schrodinger, What is Life?
Charles de Koninck, Is the Word “Life” Meaningful?

Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Origin of Knowledge

Plato, Meno

Aristotle, Posterior Analytics (selections)

Descartes, Discourse on Method (selections)

August 30, 2014

Kristin Lavransdatter, Part I - The Wreath

by Sigrid Undset

June 14, 2014
Selections from The Book of Psalms

 

May 24, 2014
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich
Nietzsche- Parts 1 and 2

April 12, 2014
An Inquiry on Contemporary Music

 

March 15, 2014
Selections from The Upanishads

February 22, 2014

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - Max Weber

 

January 18, 2014

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

December 14, 2013

Emily Dickinson - Selections

November 16, 2013

Russian Short Stories V

An Honest Thief by Dostoyevsky, 

God Sees the Truth But Waits, and The Forged Coupon by Tolstoy, and The Darling by Chekov

October 5, 2013

The Phenomenon of Life by Hans Jonas - Part II Sixth Essay: The Nobility of Sight, plus the Appendix: Sight and Movement; and Seventh Essay: Image-making and the Freedom of Man

September 14, 2013

Emma by Jane Austen

April 27, 2013

Liberal Education and Its Critics

What is Liberal Education? and Liberal Education and Responsibility from Liberalism Ancient and Modern by Leo Strauss. Challenge to Liberal Thought by John Dewey and Education as Socialization and Individualization by Richard Rorty

March 9, 2013

The Bhagavad Gita and Our Demand
and Need from the Gita by Sri Aurobindo

 

February 9, 2013

The Iliad by Homer

January 26, 2013
The Nature of Art
Plotinus, Ennead I.6, On Beauty and
Search for the Real by Hans Hofmann

December 8, 2012 

The Phenomenon of Life by Hans Jonas - selections: Introduction - On the Subjects
of a Philosophy of Life; Third Essay - Is God a Mathematician? The Meaning of Metabolism; Fifth Essay - Cybernetics and Purpose: A Critique

October 20, 2012

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Parts III and IV

September 22, 2012
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Parts I and II

 

May 19, 2012
The Book of Revelation

April 28, 2012

The Birth of Modern Theater

Hedda Gabler by Ibsen and The Seagull by Chekhov

March 31st, 2012

Democracy in America(selections)
by Alexis de Tocqueville

February 25th, 2012

Utopia by Thomas More

January 21st, 2012
Contemporary Issues II -
The Phenomenon of Life
Two essays from Hans Jonas - The Burden and Blessing of Mortality and Toward a Philosophy of Technology

 

December 10th, 2011
Why Should We Believe: Is Religious Faith Reasonable?
Selections of texts from Thomas Aquinas.

 

November 19th, 2011 
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

 

October 8th, 2011
A Free Economy: A Source of Wealth or Misery?
Selections from The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

 

September 10th, 2011
Acting Rightly: Should We Trust Our Conscience?
Selections from Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More

 

May 7, 2011
Does God Make Sense?
Selections from Thomas Aquinas - 
Summa Theologiae & selections from Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

 

April 9, 2011
The Path of the Law
Selections from Thomas Aquinas - 
Treatise on Law & 
Oliver Wendell Holmes - 
The Path of the Law

 

March 19, 2011
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

 

February 26, 2011
Aristotle on Sensation and the Soul
Selection from On the Soul

 

January 22, 2011
Between Life and Death
Henry James - The Beast in the Jungle, & The Alter of the Dead, James Joyce - The Dead

 

November 13, 2010
Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

 

October 23, 2010
The Soul
Aristotle, Bk. I, ch. 7 of the Physics Aristotle,
Bk. II, ch. 1 of the De Anima

 

September 25, 2010
The Origin, Significance, and Wisdom of the Constitution - Part III
The Dred Scott Decision (edited)
The Seventh Lincoln Douglass Debate (edited)

 

July 31 - August 1, 2010
Special Event - The Winter's Tale

 

April 17-18, 2010
Contemporary Issues series
Man and the Environment

 

March 19-20, 2010
Contemporary Issues series
Frankenstein and the Ethics of Biotechnology

 

January 23, 2010
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying

 

November 7, 2009
G. K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy

 

October 17, 2009
Series - The Origin, Significance, and
Wisdom of the Constitution - Part II
John Locke - Second Treatise of Government(selections)
The Declaration of Independence 
& The Constitution

 

September 12, 2009
Cervantes - Don Quixote

 

June 13 & 14, 2009
Ovid's Metamorphoses

 

June 6, 2009
Nature and Beyond
Pre-Socratic philosophers, Selections
The Portrait, Gogol
A Doll’s House, Ibsen

 

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Heroic Women
Sigrid Undset, Gunnar's Daughter
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

 

March 28 & 29, 2009
Two Dialogues of Plato
Symposium and Phaedrus

 

February 7, 2009
Seminar Series - The Origin, Significance,
and Wisdom of the Constitution
Aristotle, Politics 
(selections from books I and III))

 

January 17, 2009
Milton, Paradise Lost

 

December 6, 2008
Morality and Human Behavior
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
Flannery O’Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First

 

November 15, 2008
Tragic Rulers
William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar, Macbeth

 

October 4 & 5, 2008
Human Being and History
Hegel, Introduction to 
The Philosophy of History
Heidegger, essays: 
The Question Concerning Technology 
and The Turning

 

September 6, 2008
The Qur'an

 

June 14, 2008

The Problem of Evil

Elie Wiesel, Night

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

May 24, 2008
Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus

 

April 26, 2008
Freud - Civilization and Its Discontents

March 15, 2008

Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky

February 16, 2008

Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

January 19, 2008
Flannery O'Connor
The Lame Shall Enter First , 
A Good Man is Hard to Find, &
The Life You Save May Be Your Own

November 9 & 10, 2007

A Weekend with Eva Brann

Lecture on November 9:

Aeschylus Eumenides : Modernity and Patriotism - held at Thomas Aquinas College

Aeschylus - The Persians

Thucydides - Selection from History of the Peloponnesian War

October 6, 2007

A Day on T . S. Eliot

Murder in the Cathedral

The Waste Land

September 15, 2007

Continuing Theme on Ethics

Sophocles - Antigone

Shakespeare - Hamlet

Lecture: Two Paradigms of Ethical Reflection by Mike McLean, Ph.D, Thomas Aquinas College

March 10, 2007

Continuing Theme on Ethics

Machiavelli - The Prince

February 9 & 10, 2007

Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics, Books I-III

January 13 & 14, 2007

A Weekend on Borges
The Circular Ruins, Ragnarök, The Maker,
The Aleph, Borges and I, August 25-1983,
The Garden of Forking Paths, The Witness, Everything and Nothing

November 11 & 12, 2006

Approaches to God

St. Thomas, Summa Theologiae, Part One, Chapter 13 - Articles 1-6, and 12 Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, Part One, Chapters 50-60

October 20 & 21, 2006

Russian Short Stories IV

Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Dostoevsky, The Gentle Creature

This seminar weekend will kick off with a dinner gathering on Friday night, beginning at 5:00pm, followed by a performance of the Valamm Ensemble from Russia, held at Thomas Aquinas College

Fundamental Seminars Program

September 23 & 24, 2006
Human Suffering
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
The Bible, The Book of Job
Epictetus, The Handbook

March 17 & 18, 2006

Liberty II

Ongoing series on Liberty, examining different views of freedom, responsibility, human happiness, and the providential order. Thomas Aquinas - selections from the Treatise on Law

February 11 & 12, 2006

Phenomenology III

Ongoing series on the underlying philosophical principles and developments of twentieth-century phenomenology.

Heidegger - further selections from Being and Time

January 7 & 8, 2006

A Weekend on James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

December 17 & 18, 2005

Russian Short Stories III

Tolstoy, Father Sergius

Gogol, The Portrait

Chekhov, The Bet

November 12, 2005 

Liberty I

The first in an ongoing series on Liberty. This series will examine different views of freedom, responsibility, human happiness, and the providential order.

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

 

October 1 & 2, 2005

Phenomenology II

Ongoing series on the underlying philosophical principles and developments of twentieth-century phenomenology.Heidegger - selections from Being and Time

August 27 & 28, 2005

The Nature of Greek Tragedy

Aristotle, Poetics (chapters 1-18)

Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

(chapters 1-15)

Euripides, Hippolytus (entire play)

June 4, 2005

The Divine Comedy III

Dante, Paradise

 

April 23 & 24, 2005
Beginning Series on Phenomenology
Selections from The Essential Husserl

March 19, 2005
The Passion of Christ
Film: The Passion of the Christ
The Gospel of Luke - entire work
The Gospel of John - Chapter 2, versus 1-11, and Chapters 13-19
The Gospel of Mathew - Chapters 26-27

 

January 15, 2005
Toni Morrison, Beloved

 

December 4, 2004
The Divine Comedy
Dante, Purgatory

 

October 16, 2004
The Divine Comedy
Dante, Inferno

 

September 25, 2004
Tolstoy, War and Peace

 

June 12 & 13, 2004
Special Event
A Weekend on Music
Man the Musician (selections)
by Victor Zuckerkandl &
Thinking About Music (selections)
by Lewis Rowell
Music selections include:
Josquin Desprez · Kyrie
Wolfgang Mozart · Menuetto, K. 355,
Elliott Carter · Poems by Frost, Bishop, etc. set to music

 

May 1 & 2, 2004
Faust
Christopher Marlowe:
Dr. Faustus - (A-Text version only)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
Faust I - (complete)
Faust II - (acts IV and V)

 

March 19 & 20, 2004
The American Novel
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Herman Melville, Billy Budd
Willa Cather, My Antonia

February 20 & 21, 2004
The Book of Job

 

January 17, 2004
James Joyce, Dubliners

 

November 22 & 23, 2003
Transgression, Punishment, and Mercy - William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
Measure for Measure
The Winter's Tale

 

October 11 & 12, 2003
Russian Short Stories II
Tolstoy , The Devil
Chekov , The Black Monk
Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

 

September 6 & 7, 2003
The Gospel According to John

 

May 23 & 24, 2003
When is War Justified
Aquinas, On War, and On Murder
Wendell Berry, The Failure of War
James Sterba, Reconciling Pacifists and Just War Theorists

 

April 25 & 26, 2003
Is Lying Justifiable
Twain, Was it Heaven? Or Hell?
Aquinas, On Lying
Kant, On the Supposed Right to Lie

 

March 1 & 2, 2003
Satire and the Human Condition
Swift, Gulliver's Travels

 

January 17 & 18, 2003
Is Religious Belief Reasonable
Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian
Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 1
Lewis, MereChristianity, Book 2

 

December 13 & 14, 2002
Justice and the Political Order Continued - Plato, The Republic VI-X

 

One-Day Intensive
October 12, 2002

The Nature of Sensation
Aristotle, On the Soul, Book Two
(sections 5, 6, 7, & 12 only)
Lecture: "Are Sensible Qualities Real?" - by Dr. Christopher Decaen
Dinner and Reception follow

 

November 23 & 24, 2002
Justice and the Political Order
Plato, The Republic I-V

 

September 6 & 7, 2002
Vengeance and Justice
Aeschylus, The Oresteia

 

June 28 & 29, 2002
The Nature of Comedy
Shakespeare, As You Like It
Chaucer, The Miller's Tale & The Reeve's Tale
Essays from Bergson, Goldsmith, & Hazlitt

 

One-Day Intensive
May 11, 2002

Aristotle, On the Soul
Book One Chapters 1-5,
Book Two Chapters 1-2
Lecture: "Thomistic Biology as an Antidote to the Reductionism of Modern Science" - by Dr. William Carroll of
Cornell College, Iowa
Dinner and Reception follow
 

One-Day Intensive
March 23, 2002

Aristotle, On Nature and Causality
Book Two, Chapters 1, 3
Book Two, Chapters 4-6, 8
Lecture: "Natures Act for an End"
by Dr. Robert Augros of
St. Anselm College, New Hampshire
Dinner and Reception follow

 

February 23 & 24, 2002
Aristotle, On the Principles of Nature
Book One, Chapters 1, 5-6
Book One, Chapter 7
Book One, Chapters 8-9

 

January 19 & 20, 2002
Human Suffering
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
The Bible, The Book of Job
Epictetus, The Handbook

 

December 14 &15, 2001
Existentialism
Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism
Sartre, No Exit and The Flies
Camus, The Stranger

 

November 17 & 18, 2001
Russian Short Stories
Gogol, The Nose, The Overcoat, The Calash
Chekhov, The Kiss, Gooseberries, The Bishop
Tolstoy, Master and Man

 

September 22 & 23, 2001
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

 

July 6 & 7, 2001
Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

 

June 2 & 3, 2001
Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

 

March 16 & 17, 2001
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (On Friendship)
Bk. VIII, Chapters 1-8
Bk. VIII, Chapter 9 – Bk. IX, Chapter 3
Bk. IX, Chapters 4-12

 

January 20 & 21, 2001
Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

 

December 15 & 16, 2000
Plato and Aristophanes
Plato, Protagoras
Aristophanes, The Clouds

 

November 17 & 18, 2000
Descartes, Meditations Concerning First Philosophy

 

September 22 & 23, 2000
The Nature of Poetry
Aristotle, Poetics, Chapters 1-6
Aristotle, Poetics, Chapters 7-15
Euripides, Hippolytus

 

July 8 & 9, 2000
Aristotle, Ethics I-III

 

June 16 & 17, 2000
Tyranny and Justice
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship and Summa Theologiae (selections)
Machiavelli, The Prince

 

March 17 & 18, 2000
The Short Story
Flaubert, A Simple Heart and
St. Jullian Hospitalier
Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych
Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Findand The Enduring Chill

 

January 28 & 29, 2000
Augustine, The Confessions

 

November 13 & 14, 1999
Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

 

September 24 & 25, 1999
The Political Order
Aristotle, Politics (selections)
Rousseau, The Social Contract
Declaration of Independence and
The Federalist Papers (1, 10, 51)

 

June 18 & 19, 1999
Faith and Reason
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles
Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
St. Paul, Letter to the Galatians
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

 

April 23 & 24, 1999
The Origin of Knowledge
Plato, Meno
Aristotle, Posterior Analytics
Descartes, Discourse on Method

 

March 12 & 13, 1999
Law and Conscience
Sophocles, Antigone
Plato, Apology and Crito
Lincoln, selections

 

January 29 & 30, 1999
Human Action
The Holy Bible, Genesis, Chapters 1-25 v.11
Pre-Socratics and Epicurus
Freud, An Outline of Psychoanalysis

 

December 4 & 5, 1998
Love
Plato, Symposium
C. S. Lewis, Four Loves
Shakespeare, Othello

 

November 13 & 14, 1998
Does God Exist?
Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Ques. 2

 

September 25 & 26, 1998

Morality and Human Action
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
St. Thomas Aquinas, On Homicide