Welcome to Humanities 10! We’re excited to begin the year and pleased to have you joining us in our discussion of the achievements of Western Civilization from the conversion of Constantine to the martyrdom of St. John of Arc. This year will be an exciting one and the best way to prepare yourself is to get a jump on the reading: We’ll begin the year by discussing “The Great Conversation” by Robert Hutchins. You can find the document here: http://blogs.britannica.com/wp-content/pdf/The_Great_Conversation.pdf
This year we’ll devote ourselves in word and deed to investigating major philosophical questions through our engagement with the great books that make up our curriculum. There is no greater work that we have in our world than coming to know our place in the universe in relation to God, nature, and our fellow man. Through these fundamental relationships, we develop self-knowledge that conforms to what Frank Sheed called the true “shape of reality.”
Your role is to be a serious participant in intellectual discourse with both your classmates and the authors of your texts.
We look forward to having you join us in this undertaking.
Mr. Walsh and Mr. Good
Download the course syllabus in PDF format by clicking on this link: Humanities II Syllabus (2016-17)
This list will grow throughout the year, so be sure to visit whenever you would list a boost to your extracurricular reading.
To Refresh Your Knowledge of Humanities I:
Mythology, Thomas Bullfinch
The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton
The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton
The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler
“On the Reading of Old Books,” C.S. Lewis
For the Week of August 30th:
- Robert Hutchins, “The Great Conversation”: http://blogs.britannica.com/wp-content/pdf/The_Great_Conversation.pdf
- Introduction to Acts of the Apostles and the Didache
Week of September 6th:
Check back regularly for a running list of links to assigned reading, handouts, and maps.