The Soul of the Sciences
Thinking, Counting, Seeing
June 28–July 4, 2020 | Annapolis, MD
On-campus Summer Academy has been postponed to summer 2021. You can experience the next best thing during summer 2020: the online Great Books Summer Seminars for High School Students.
By the necromantic arts of the inhabitants of Glubbdubdrib, Gulliver summons the ghost of Aristotle (among others) and listens to him “freely acknowledge his own mistakes in natural philosophy.” In the New Organon, Bacon seeks to establish a distinctly modern approach to inquiry, hoping to avoid the mistakes of Aristotle and other ancients. But what is the purpose of inquiry? And how do we best learn about the world? With Euclid and Nichomachus, we will consider what numbers are, and what they’re good for. We’ll also read Aristotle for ourselves, and wonder about the presence and power of the soul—in plants and animals (including us)—and we’ll consider how, in the 20th century, Jonas took up this pursuit. In addition to reading and discussion, we’ll do plenty of observing and experimenting too.
Classes and Readings
Bacon, The New Organon
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Nichomachus, Introduction to Arithmetic
Aristotle, On the Soul
Jonas, “To Move and to Feel”
Croquet, Swing Dancing, Painting/Drawing
Visits to American Visionary Art Museum and National Aquarium Chesapeake Bay Boat Tour
June 28–July 4, 2020The Soul of the Sciences: Thinking, Counting, Seeing
July 5–11, 2020Power and Politics: The Great and the Good
July 12–18, 2020Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue
July 19–25, 2020Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity
July 26–August 1The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy
At the St. John’s College Summer Academy, the community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas formed in the classroom. To this end, Summer Academy students experience life at St. John’s by taking lessons in croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing. Students’ conversations about justice, nature, and law will continue as they are taken on a tour of the Maryland State House and attend a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company.