July 2-8, 2017 | Santa Fe, NM
What is it to be alive? Living beings appear to preserve themselves through change by breathing, eating, and striving against stagnation and natural forces. In seminar, we will begin with Aristotle’s account of what life is and then turn to Bergson and Jonas, who both explore biological “facts”. In laboratory, we’ll look carefully at life and ask exactly how living things differ from inanimate ones. In language, we will consider whether poets might be best able to help us understand life.
Classes and Readings
Aristotle, Parts of the Animals
Bergson, Creative Evolution
Jonas, The Phenomenon of Life
van Leuwenhoek, Hooke, Microscopy
Marais, Soul of the White Ant
Poems by Goethe, Frost, Auden, Milosz
Poetry writing, hiking, archery
Take a tour of Historic Santa Fe Plaza and the Canyon Road art district
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 poetry writing, hiking, and archery. Off campus excursions will include a tour of the Santa Fe Historic Plaza and downtown museums and a walk through Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s art district.