SEM 002: Western Tradition I (Fall)

This second seminar builds on the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and writing, and shared inquiry that were developed in Critical Strategies and Great Questions (SEM 001).

Students continue to practice strategies for engaging with texts from the Greek and Latin traditions, asking meaningful questions about them, and effectively participating in collaborative discussions. Reading and writing assignments are specifically designed to support students' continued development of these strategies and skills.

Reading List

  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Eumenides, & The Libation Bearers
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (selections)
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (selections)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"
  • Dante, Inferno (selections)
  • Dante, Purgatorio
  • Marie de France, The Lais (selections)
  • Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew, parables
  • al-Haytham, The Book of Optics (selections) 
  • Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (selections)
  • Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe (selections)
  • Plato, Crito
  • Sappho, Sappho: A New Translation (selections)
  • St. Augustine, Confessions
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (selections)
  • Virgil, The Aeneid