Tagged: CC201

Analects of the Core: Descartes on plausible philosophy

Je ne dirai rien de la philosophie, sinon que, voyant qu’elle a été cultivée par les plus excellents esprits qui aient vécu depuis plusieurs siècles, et que néanmoins il ne s’y trouve encore aucune chose dont on ne dispute, et par conséquent qui ne soit douteuse, je n’avois point assez de présomption pour espérer d’y […]

Analects of the Core: Milton on happiness and fear of harm

In a narrow circuit strait’n’d by a Foe, Subtle or violent, we not endu’d Single with like defence, wherever met, How are we happy, still in fear of harm? But harm preceeds not sin: only our Foe Tempting affronts us with his foul esteem Of our integrity Today’s analect — suggested by Sarah Cole (Core […]

Analects of the Core: Rembrandt’s self-portrait at age 34

Tomorrow afternoon, the students of CC201 will attend a lecture by Prof. Michael Zell on the art of Dutch master Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. In acknowledgment of this artful inclusion of painting in the second-year Humanities, today’s Analect — suggested by Tom Farndon (Core ’10, CAS ’12) — is an image rather than a text […]

Christopher Ricks on Keats, embarrassment, and the separation of poetry and prose

Prof. Christopher Ricks lectured today for the students of CC201, on the subject of the John Milton. He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style (Oxford University Press, 1978). In the spring semester, he often lectures on the English Romantic poets. Students, with their Kerberos password, can access his packet of selected readings here. Today’s […]

Analects of the Core: Milton on perception

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. — from Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book I, ll. 254-5. Today’s analect was suggested by Tom Farndon (Core ’10, CAS/SMG ’12), who writes: “The Core reminds us that perception is our most powerful tool, endowing […]

Analects of the Core: Descartes on questioning existence

CC201 students will soon be discussing one of the foundations of Western discussions of knowledge, relying on the fact that the mind necessarily exists if it can question its own existence: Cogito ergo sum. “I think, therefore I am.” – René Descartes, Discourse on Methods and Meditations Read up some more context for Descartes and […]