Inquiring into the Origins of Politics, Poetry, and Mathematics
July 10–16, 2022 | Santa Fe, NM
What are the origins of human society, language, and knowledge? Through classical works of history, philosophy, religion, mathematics, and poetry, we will explore the idea of the beginning. We encounter a range of classic “beginnings” in an effort to understand the diverse ways that they shape our experience of the world — from beginnings in time, such as political and religious foundings, to timeless beginnings, such as mathematical and philosophical first principles, to the creative and imaginative powers of poetry. Beginnings in a work of mathematics and in a work of religious narrative, for example, may connect in ways that we do not anticipate. Each text studied will stake out a different, often startling, approach to this fundamentally human concern with the origin of things.
Sample readings include Herodotus’ Histories, The Bible, Plutarch’s Lives, and Euclid’s Elements.
Classes and Readings
- Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
- The Bible, Genesis
- Plutarch, Lives, Life of Romulus
- Auden, Unpredictable but Providential
- Herodotus, Histories
- The Bible, Genesis
- Rousseau, Essay on the Origin of Languages
- Euclid, Elements
- Plato, Meno
Archery, Swing Dancing, Painting/Drawing
Visit cave dwellings at Bandelier National Monument, tour the historic Santa Fe Plaza
July 17–23, 2022The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy
July 24–30, 2022The Art of Seeing: Literature and the Visual Arts
July 10–16, 2022Equality and Inequality: Justice and Law
July 17–23, 2022The Heart of the Matter: Literature and Biology
July 24–30, 2022Revolution and Rebellion: When Justice Opposes Law
The community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas shared in the classroom. To further nurture a sense of community, Summer Academy students participate in non-academic workshops such as archery, pottery, yoga, and cooking. Off-campus excursions will include a refreshing visit to Lake Abiquiu and a tour of Meow Wolf’s immersive, multimedia arts installation.