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IS5/6 : History and Philosophy of Western Civilization

Integrative Studies 5 & 6: History & Philosophy of Western Civilization are designed as a unified, full-year sequence to be taken in your last full year of studies at Shimer.

The readings in this course are arranged chronologically in order to demonstrate their historical relationship to one another. As you read, you will discover a wide range of connections between these texts and those you’ll already have studied in other Shimer courses. As a result, you will experience first-hand the richness of the great intellectual traditions upon which the Shimer curriculum is based. Course reading lists may vary slightly from year to year.

Prerequisites: Final-Year status and successful completion of the Basic Studies Comprehensive Examination.

Integrative Studies 5 - History and Philosophy of Western Civilization (Ancient World to the Middle Ages)

Reading List

Course reading lists may vary slightly from year to year.

Homer, The Iliad
Hesiod, Theogeny
Sappho, Poetry
Aeschylus, Oresteia
Plato, Republic
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, On The Heavens
Herodotus, Persian Wars
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
Virgil, Aeneid
Ptolemy, Almagest
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Tacitus, Agricola and Germania
Augustine, City of God
Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Dante, The Divine Comedy

Integrative Studies 6 - History and Philosophy of Western Civilization (Renaissance to the Present)

Reading List

Pisan, Treasure of The City of Ladies
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Luther, 95 Theses
More, Utopia
Copernicus, On The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Shakespeare, Tempest
Galileo, On the Heavens
Bacon, New Organon
Milton, Paradise Lost
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Kepler, Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Kant, Prologomena to any Future Metaphisics, Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals
Reason in History
Use and Abuse of History