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)
Course reading lists may vary slightly from year to year.
Homer, The Iliad
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, On The Heavens
Herodotus, Persian Wars
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
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)
Pisan, Treasure of The City of Ladies
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Luther, 95 Theses
Copernicus, On The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
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