Tagged: CC101

Analects of the Core: Ferry on terrified gods

Terrified gods got themselves up as high as they could go, nearest the highest heaven, cringing against the wall like beaten dogs. * Lines 20-22, in Book III of Tablet XI, of David Ferry‘s “rendering in verse” of the Epic of Gilgamesh, studied in the first-year Core Humanties, and the topic of Prof. Brian Jorgensen‘s […]

Another response to the A.R.T. Ajax

Prof. David Roochnik, Core seminar leader, lecturer, and professor in the Department of Philosophy, wrote in to the Core blog to share this thoughts about the production of Ajax Core students and faculty attended this weekend. Interesting production. Brilliant idea to use the video screens for the chorus. But the disconnected speeches they uttered were, […]

Analects of the Core: Plato on democracy

Democracy…is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. – Plato. Today’s analect, suggested by Sarah Cole (Core ’10, CAS ’12), addresses democracy, as does today’s panel discussion in CC101

From a CC101 debate on democracy

The problem with storytelling is that it appeals to the desirous part of the soul and not the rational — that’s why Socrates has such a problem with it. So, my question is: Would it be just to ban Sophocles and his plays in the city of Athens, when they clearly show a deep understanding […]

Analects of the Core: Aristotle on democracy

In anticipation of the debate on democracy being presented in CC101, consider this point made by Aristotle in Politics: In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. Is there any way this can be critiqued?  Offer your […]

Analects of the Core: Aeschylus on marriage

Marriage of man and wife is Fate itself, stronger than oaths, and Justice guards its life. But if one destroys the other and you relent – no revenge, not a glance in anger — then I say your manhunt of Orestes is unjust. – Apollo addressing the Leader,  in Aeschylus’s Eumenides, the final play in […]

Analects of the Core: Plato on the idea of good

Liken the domain revealed through sight to the prison home, and the light of the fire in it to the sun’s power; and, in applying the going up and the seeing of what’s above to the soul’s journey up to the intelligible place… A god doubtless knows if it happens to be true.  At all […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on mortals blaming gods

In coordination with Professor Scully‘s introduction of the culture of ancient Greece — a domain where the students of CC101 will discover the foundations of Western thought — the Core blog today is featuring an analect that reminds us not to blame those in power for the struggles we encounter as we progress on our […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on cooked food

In view of a recent change in our department lounge refreshments policy — namely, we know set out a bowl of fresh fruit for students and visitors, rather than one filled with toothsome but unhealthy candy — today’s Analect of the Core has to do with food. From David Ferry’s version of the epic Gilgamesh, […]

Recollections of Elie Wiesel

Prof. Elie Wiesel has always played a central role in our fall series of lectures for CC101 students, as a scholar, certainly, but also as a representative of a tradition of conscience and wisdom that we are fortunate to benefit from in our community and our world. As I was listening to him speak once […]