The Soul: Reading Schedule 

Our course will march down two parallel paths readingwise. Each Tuesday we will read and discuss a selection from one of our canonical texts, namely Plato’s Phaedo, Aristotle’s On the Soul, and Augustine’s Confessions. Roughly the first half of the semester will be given over to Plato and Aristotle and the second half given over to Augustine. Alongside those works, on Thursdays, we will read a contemporary tract by the philosopher John Cottingham, In Search of the Soul (SS).


Week One:

  • Thursday: Open


Week Two:

  • Tuesday: Phaedo 57a-72a
  • Thursday: SS: 1-14


Week Three:

  • Tuesday: Phaedo 72a-96a
  • Thursday: SS: 14-32


Week Four:

  • Tuesday: Phaedo 96a-107e
  • Thursday: SS: 33-48


Week Five:

  • Tuesday: No Meeting 
  • Thursday: SS: 49-63


Week Six:

  • Tuesday: De Anima i 4
  • Thursday: SS: 64-69


Week Seven:

  • Tuesday: De Anima ii 1-5
  • Thursday: SS: 70-79


Week Eight:

  • Tuesday: De Anima iii 3-5
  • Thursday: SS: 80-89


Week  Nine:

  • Tuesday: Confessions I-II
  • Thursday: SS: 90-99


Week Ten:

  • Tuesday: Confessions III-IV
  • Thursday: SS: 100-117


Week Eleven:

  • Tuesday: Confessions V-VI
  • Thursday: SS: 118-125


Week Twelve:

  • Tuesday: Confessions VII-VIII
  • Thursday: SS: 126-141


Week Thirteen:

  • Tuesday: Confessions IX-X
  • Thursday: SS: 142-148


Week Fourteen:

  • Tuesday: Confessions XI-XIII
  • Thursday: SS: 149-158


Week Fifteen:

  • Tuesday: Quodlibetal


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