Great Books and Questions | Trimester 08

KANT | THE CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON (TRANSCENDENTAL ANALYTIC)

DARWIN | THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES (INTRO, CHAPTER 6, CHAPTER 15)

TOLSTOY | WAR AND PEACE (BOOKS I - VIII)

WILLIAM JAMES | THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY (CHAPTER XXVIII)

DEWEY | EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

WADDINGTON | THE NATURE OF LIFE

ORWELL | ANIMAL FARM

OLD TESTAMENT | GENESIS, EXODUS, DEUTERONOMY

HOMER | THE ODYSSEY

  1. How does Odysseus compound his miseries through his own recklessness? How might we do the same?

  2. Why does the destiny determined for man by the gods so often seem to defy the odd stacked up against him?

  3. Consider the roles of the Muses in the Odyssey. What might it look like for our own pedagogy to be more Muse-ical?

  4. Odysseus clearly believes that the gods have willed/ordained the trials he has faced but does he also believe the gods to have sovereignly shaped his loves and desires?

  5. How does one end a cycle of violence?

  6. Was Odysseus hypocritical in his judgments?

PLATO | LAWS (BOOK X)

ARISTOTLE | METAPHYSICS (BOOK XII)

TACITUS | THE HISTORIES

PLOTINUS | FIFTH ENNEAD

SAINT AUGUSTINE | THE CITY OF GOD (BOOKS XV - XVIII)

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