Courage & the Soul
June 24 – June 30, 2018 | Santa Fe, NM
In 480 BCE, at Thermopylae, three hundred Spartans, led by Leonidas, held off the massive Persian army for seven days, fighting to the death with “bare hands and teeth.” For the Ancient Greeks, the behavior of the Spartans was a paradigm of courage. But what is courage? In seminar, we explore this question through Herodotus’ account of Thermopylae; Plato’s dialogue Laches, where Socrates and his interlocutors ask about the nature of courage and how to teach it; and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, in which he argues that all human virtues depend on courage. In language, we read poetry by Dickinson, Whitman, and Eliot that pertain to courage. In laboratory, we take a biological look at courage, both in human beings and in animals.
Classes and Readings
Herodotus, The Histories, excerpt
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, excerpt
Poetry by Dickinson, Eliot, and Whitman
Darwin, The Descent of Man, excerpt
Wilson, “The Morality of the Gene”, excerpt
Montaigne, “An Apology for Raymond Sebond”, excerpt
Lopez, Of Wolves and Men, excerpt
Lorenz, Man Meets Dog, excerpt
Archery, yoga, pottery
Visits to Lake Abiquiu and the arts production company Meow Wolf
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, multi-media arts installation.