Courage and the Soul
Exploring Human Virtue
July 11–17, 2021 | Santa Fe, NM
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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
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Poetry by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and T.S. Eliot
Charles Darwin, E.O. Wilson, Michel de Montaigne, and Konrad Lorenz
Archery, Pottery, Drumming
Visit cave dwellings at Bandelier National Monument, tour the historic Santa Fe Plaza
July 11–17, 2021Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue
July 18–24, 2021Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity
July 25–31, 2021The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy
June 27–July 3, 2021Exploring Human Nature: Literature, Poetry, and Drama
July 4–10, 2021Power and Politics: The Great and the Good
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, yoga, and cooking. Off-campus excursions will include a trip to Ghost Ranch and a performance at the Santa Fe Opera.