Seminar Schedule

Daily Syllabus:

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will be held via Zoom; see Logistics page for details.  The timing of meetings will accommodate virtual participation in multiple time zones.

  • Sunday, July 18th
    • Welcome Reception
Week One:

The Nature of Wisdom Questions and the Development of Disputatio

  • Monday, July 19th
    • Morning Session – Introduction to the Seminar 
    • Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session– The Nature of Wisdom Questions
      • Plato, Euthyphro
      • Reading time and Individual Meetings w/Project Team
    • Tuesday, July 20th
      • Morning Session – The Socratic Elenchus
        • Plato, Meno
        • Plato, Apology 
      • Lunch Break 
      • Afternoon Session: The Limits of Elenchus
        • John Rawls, “Wide-Reflective Equilibrium,” from A Theory of Justice 
  • Wednesday, July 21st
    • Morning Session – Alternatives to Elenchus—Poetry 
      • Plato, Phaedrus
    • Lunch 
    • Afternoon Session – Alternatives to Elenchus—Skepticism
      • Epicurus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism
  • Thursday, July 22nd
    • Morning Session – From the Streets to the Libraries
      • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, (selections)
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – The Components of Disputatio
      • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, (continued)
  • Friday, July 23rd
    • Morning Session – Disputed Questions on the Virtues
      • Thomas Aquinas, Disputed Questions on the Virtues (selections)
    • Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session The Virtues of Disputed Questions
      • Thomas Aquinas, Disputed Questions on the Virtues (continued) 
  • Sunday, July 25th
    • Evening Group Reading of Antigone (optional) 
Week Two:

Disputatio and the Pursuit of Wisdom in the Humanities

  • Monday, July 26th
    • Morning Session – A Rhetorical-Poetic Reading of Antigone
      • Sophocles, Antigone
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – Disputatio & the Pursuit of Wisdom in Antigone
    • Participant Project Meetings
    • Evening Group Viewing of Hamlet (optional) 
  • Tuesday, July 27th
    • Morning Session – A Rhetorical-Poetic Reading of Hamlet
      • Shakespeare, Hamlet
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – Disputatio & the Pursuit of Wisdom in Hamlet
    • Participant Project Meetings
  • Wednesday, July 28th 
    • Morning Session – Anscombe’s Protest 
      • Elizabeth Anscombe, “Mr. Truman’s Degree” 
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – Disputatio and the Pursuit of Wisdom about Justice in War
    • Participant Project Meetings
  • Thursday, July 29th
    • Morning Session– Singer and O’Neil on Famine Problems 
      • Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence and Morality”
      • Onora O’Neil, “Kantian Approaches to Some Famine Problems” 
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – Disputatio & the Pursuit of Wisdom about Famine Situations
    • Participant Project Time
  • Friday, July 30th
    • Morning Session – Participant Project Presentations
    • Lunch Break 
    • Afternoon Session – Participant Project Presentations
    • Concluding Round Table
    • Evening Farewell Reception
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