Shimer College

HUM3 : Philosophy and Theology Course

The Humanities 3 course serves as the student’s formal introduction to philosophy and theology prior to the 18th century.

Concentrating on a few highly important works in each discipline, the course endeavors to isolate the distinctive purposes, problems, and methods characteristic of each. It also seeks to develop analytical skills appropriate to the examination of value systems, including the student’s.

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(Prerequisite: Humanities 1 and 2)

Reading List

  • The Bible (Genesis,  I Corinthians, Gospel of John)
  • Plato, “Apology,” “Phaedrus,” “Phaedo,” “Symposium”
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics (book Lambda)
  • St. Augustine, Confessions
  • St. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
  • Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica; Summa contra Gentiles (selections)
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Dialogue
  • Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
  • René Descartes, Meditations
  • Blaise Pascal, Pensées
  • John Locke, Essay on Human Understanding
  • Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling