Friday, August 29, 2008

The Young 'un Gets Enlightened

One of the courses mon fils is taking at Bard is entitled:

What is Enlightenment?
The Science, Culture and Politics of Reason

The core reading for the Fall 2008 semester will be:
  1. The Book of Genesis
  2. Plato: The Republic
  3. St. Augustine: Confessions
  4. Ibn Tufayl: The Story of Hayy bin Yaqzan
  5. Galileo Galilei: The Starry Messenger and Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina
  6. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: First I Dream
  7. Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method
  8. John Locke: Second Treatise on Civil Government
  9. Denis Diderot: Supplement to Bougainville’s Voyage
  10. Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
  11. Voltaire: Candide
This is such a mom thing to say, but gee, I sure wish I was in college.

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