Shimer College

HUM4 : Critical Evaluation in the Humanities Course

In this Humanities 4 course, significant works from the 18th century onward are studied.

This course serves to unify the previous Humanities courses by employing the disciplines they embody (art, music, literature, philosophy and theology). The course is also intended to give the student an appreciation of the application of theory and methodology to the study of art, music, and literature.

(Prerequisite: Humanities 3)

Reading List Courtesy of nietzschefamilycircus.comCourtesy of

  • Erich Auerbach, “Odysseus’ Scar”
  • Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form
  • Martin Buber, I and Thou
  • Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy
  • Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man
  • Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement (selections), “
  • What Is Enlightenment?”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • Leonard Bernstein, The Unanswered Question
  • Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling