Santa Fe Sophomore Seminar Readings

2020–21 Sophomore Seminar Readings

This list may be subject to change. Please always check with tutors or cross-reference with the paper reading list distributed by the dean’s office.

Sophomore Seminar Readings for Fall 2020
Date Reading
August 27 Hebrew Bible, Genesis, 1–11
August 31 Hebrew Bible, Genesis, 12–23
September 3 Hebrew Bible, Genesis, 24–50
September 7 Hebrew Bible, Exodus
September 10 Hebrew Bible, Deuteronomy
September 14 Hebrew Bible, I Samuel 8–31; II Samuel; I Kings, 1–2;
II Chronicles, last chapter only
September 17 Hebrew Bible,
Psalms 8, 14, 19, 22, 23, 38, 39, 46, 51, 90, 91, 107, 110, 130, 137, 139
(as numbered in RSV/Jerusalem editions; other editions cross-check for correct selection)
September 21 Hebrew Bible, Jeremiah 1, 26–45; Jonah
September 24 Hebrew Bible, Job
September 28 Livy, The Early History of Rome (Penguin Classics); sections 1–2.33
October 1 Plutarch, Lives, Alexander (first paragraph), Cato the Younger, and Caesar
October 5 Plutarch, Lives, Antony and Brutus
October 8 Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1–4
October 12 Virgil, Aeneid, Books 5–8
October 15 Virgil, Aeneid, Books 9–12
October 19 Tacitus, Annals, I–II
October 22 Tacitus, Annals, III–VI
October 26 Epictetus, Discourses, Book I, Chapters 1, 2, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24;
Book II, Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 8
October 29 New Testament, Matthew
November 2 New Testament, John (Gospel); I John (Epistle)
November 5 New Testament, Acts
November 9 New Testament, Romans
November 12 New Testament, I Corinthians
November 16 Aristotle, On the Soul, II, 1–7, 11–12
November 19 Aristotle, On the Soul, III, 3–13; I, 4, 408a29–b30
November 23 Plotinus, Enneads
The Essential Plotinus
(O’Brien), “Beauty” (I,6) pp. 33–43;
“Three Primal Hypostases” (V,1) pp. 90–104;
“Contemplation” (III,8) pp. 162–175
November 30 Augustine, Confessions, 1–6
December 3 Augustine, Confessions, 7–9
December 7 Augustine, Confessions, 10–11
December 10 Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed
Part I, Epistle Dedicatory, Introduction, (pp. 3–20 of the Pines translation, University of Chicago Press, Volume I - photocopy);
Part II, Chs. 13–19, 23, 25
December 14 Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed, Part II, Chs. 32–40, 46–48, Volume II
December 17 Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed, Part III, Chs. 17–23, Volume II

 

Sophomore Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Readings
January 18 Anselm, Proslogium;
Gaunilon’s Reply and Anselm’s Response
January 21 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae
“Articles of Faith;” “Prologue;”
Part I: q.1; q.2; q.3, arts. 3–4, 7

Aquinas selections are available in Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas (edited by Pegis), Modern Library, supplemented by photocopies, as indicated.
January 25 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Part I:
q.4: “Perfection of God;” ;
q.12, arts. 10 and 12–13;
q.13, arts. 1–5 and 11–12;
q. 14, art. 7
January 28 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, “On the End of Man”
February 1 Dante, Divine Comedy, Inferno, Cantos 1–17
February 4 Dante, Divine Comedy, Inferno, Cantos 18–end
February 8 Dante, Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Cantos 1–18
February 11 Dante, Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Cantos 19–end
February 15 Dante, Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Cantos 1–17
February 18 Dante, Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Cantos 18–end
February 22 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Part II, Section 1:
q.90;
q.91;
q.92: “Readings on Law: On the Effects of Law;”
q.93, arts. 1–3
February 25 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Part II, Section 1:
q.94,
q.95, arts. 1–2;
(photocopy, q.96: “Readings on Law: On the Power of Human Law;”
q.97: “Readings on Law: On the Change in Laws”)
March 1 Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, General Prologue; “Knight’s Tale”
March 4 Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, “Miller’s Tale;” “Reeve’s Tale”
March 8 Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, “Wife of Bath’s Tale”
March 11 Shakespeare, As You Like It
March 29 Machiavelli, The Prince, I–XIV
April 1 Machiavelli, The Prince, XV–XXVI
April 5 Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream
April 8 Montaigne, Essays: “Education of Children,” “Of Cannibals”
April 12 Montaigne, Essays: “On Experience”
April 15 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Acts i–iii
April 19 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Acts iv–v
April 22 Bacon, New Organon, “Preface” I, 1–69, 129, 130; II, 1–25, 52
April 26 Bacon, New Atlantis; Great Instauration
April 29 Shakespeare, Richard II
May 3 Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
May 6 Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II
May 10 Descartes, Discourse on Method, I–III
May 13 Descartes, Discourse on Method, IV–VI
May 17 Shakespeare, Othello
May 20 Shakespeare, Tempest