Aristotle assignments for Jan and Feb; Happy Holidays!
Happy holidays to you. I look forward to reading Aristotle with you in 2009.
Keep in mind that many of my professor friends were reluctant to help me develop this curriculum because they believed we should be reading secondary sources for an overview of Aritstotle rather than trying to tackle the primary text.
Pat and I feel strongly that we *should* tackle the primary text. But Aristotle is not easy. Our guide, Prof Paul Cartledge at Cambridge – who agreed we should tackle the primary text – thought, however, that we should start with Aristotle’s biological writings.
I had originally planned to start with Aristotle’s logic classic, “Organon.” Here’s what Paul said in response:
The biological writings that we will tackle for the January 13 call are:
– De partibus Animalum (643 – 664)
– De Genratione Animalium (665 – 688)
For February, we’ll likely read “De Anima” – or “On the Soul”
*If* you want more for January or Feb, then you can also tackle:
– Parva Naturalia (pages 607 – 632)
– Historia Animalium (pages 633 – 642)
P.S. You’ll get one more note from me – I’m asking everyone to help cover the costs of running the reading groups. More on that soon.
Tues, Jan 13 – Aristotle was at heart a biologist so based on Paul Cartledge’s recommendation we are starting with his biological writings.
Tues, Feb 10 – continuing biological writings
Tues, Mar 17 – Categoriae, De Interpretatione, Analytica Priora, Analytics Posteriora
Tues, Apr 7 – continuing Categoriae, De Interpretatione, Analytica Priora, Analytics Posteriora
Tues, May 12 – Physics and Metaphysics, Book 1 only
Tues, Jun 9 – Nicomachean Ethics (in its entirety)
Tues, Jul 7 – continuing Nicomachean Ethics (in its entirety)
Tues, Sep 8 – continuing Nicomachean Ethics (in its entirety)
Tues, Oct 6 – Politics (Books 1-3; 8-9), Rhetoric (Book 1) and Poetics
Tues, Nov 10 – continuing Politics (Books 1-3; 8-9), Rhetoric (Book 1) and Poetics