Change in Plans

On the suggestion of a business partner (!), I’m going to run the classics courses in a fall section, a winter section, a spring section, and a summer section.  There’s one week left to enroll in the fall program, so please call me today at (310) 592-5681.  Again this will be done by Google Hangouts, so location is a complete non-factor.  (Essay and book lengths are in ebook form–“Perpetual Peace” is, in my Gateway to the Great Books set, only 35 pages; ebook pages are smaller, hence the discrepancy.)

For the fall essays, we will be approaching them very systematically–what are their strongest and weakest facts?  What kinds of facts do they use?  Do we agree or disagree with the authors’ positions?

And think about it: nobody would try to become a composer–or even an adequate piano player–without having looked at the likes of Bach and Brahms and Beethoven.  So why would writing be any different??

The reading list for the fall section, which is on philosophical essays, is:

1)   An Essay on Modern Education—Jonathan Swift (12 pages)

2)   A Modest Proposal—Jonathan Swift (13 pages)

3)   Politics and the English Language—George Orwell (12 pages)

4)   An Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe—William Penn (21 pages)

5)   A Lasting Peace Through the Federation of Europe—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (24 pages)

6)   Perpetual Peace—Immanuel Kant (53 pages)

7)   Tradition and the Individual Talent—T.S. Eliot (8 pages)

8)   The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent—John Erskine (32 pages)

9)   On Listening—Plutarch

10)                  Civil Disobedience—Henry David Thoreau (38 pages)

11)                  Of Cannibals—Michel de Montaigne (23 pages)

12)                  Of Refinement in the Arts—David Hume (16 pages)

The reading list for the winter section, which covers political and economic works from 1845-1920, is:

1)   A Disquisition on Government—John Calhoun (107 pages, 1849)

2)   Utilitarianism—John Stuart Mill (71 pages, 1861)

3)   Memoranda on the Civil War—Walt Whitman (76 pages, 1917)

4)   The Vested Interests and the Common Man—Thorstein Veblen (65 pages, 1919)

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