University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Between Ancient and Modern
(Core Requirement/Humanities - Writing Intensive)
course is a survey of some the most influential philosophers from the
early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Modern Era who wrote their
works in post-classical Latin and Arabic.
10% Attendance and Oral Participation; 50% Short Papers (x5), 2-3 pages
(each); 40% Final Paper, 5-6 pages.
There will be five short papers between 2 to 3 pages consisting on
answering a specific question about one or more authors. Students will
receive feedback and will have the opportunity to rewrite any of the
papers. The students will prepare an outline for the final paper and
will have the opportunity of submitting a draft for feedback.
Introduction, Greek Philosophy before and after Socrates
Augustine, City of God
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
Al-Farabi, Philosophy of Plato and
Ibn Rushd, The Decisive Treatise
Hildegard, On Natural
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Nicholas of Cusa, De Visione Dei
Marsilio Ficino, The Golden Age in
Erasmus of Rotterdam, An Age of Gold
Giorgio Vasari, The Arts Reborn
Francesco Petrarca, The Man of
Giovanni Bocaccio, The Return of the
Lorenzo Valla, The Glory of the
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, The
Dignity of Man
Leon Battista Alberti, Self-Portrait
of a Universal Man
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Circle of
Leonardo da Vinci, Nature, Art and
Nicholas Copernicus, The Revolution
of the Celestial Spheres
Tycho Brahe, The New Star
Galileo Galilei, Letters to Kepler and The Starry Messenger
Lecture by Robert D.
Joseph, Institute for Astronomy UH, "Galileo on
Religion and Science"