Nature and Man

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Plato and Aristotle

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Plato's Apology. Cybertext version with lots of historical background.

Plato's Apology. Just the text.

"Death" by Thomas Nagel

Outline of Thomas Nagel's "Death"

Plato's Phaedo

Outline of the Argument from Recollection

Aristophanes's speech from Plato's Symposium

Plato's Theory of Forms

Plato's Republic

Selection from Book V
Selection from Book VI
Selection from Book VII


Some Main Points of Aristotle's Thought

Selections from Aristotle's Physics

Selections from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics


Selected Love Poetry

Selections from the Bible

Some Main Points of Christianity

Soren Kierkegaard,  a selection from Fear and Trembling

Practice exam for Midterm II

Answers to practice exam, Part I

The Existence of God

St. Anselm's Ontological Proof

St. Thomas Aquinas's Five Ways

Jim Holt, Nothing Ventured

David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Jonathan Bennett's translation into simpler modern english

William Paley, Selection (Ch. 1) from Natural Theology

The Problem of Evil

Outline of Problem of Evil and Reading Questions

Leibniz, Selections from The Theodicy

Selections from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

Josiah Royce, The Problem of Job

The Scientific Revolution

Galileo Galilei, "Two Kinds of Properties"

Roger Penrose, Prologue to Shadows of the Mind

The View of Nature of the Scientific Revolution

Study guide to Brave New World

Monarch notes to Brave New World

Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

Jonathan Bennett's translation into simpler modern english


Important arguments from Descartes' Meditations

An Outline of Descartes' Meditations

Different Views on the Relationship between Mind and Body

David Hume. "Of Personal Identity"

David Hume. "Essays on Suicide and Immortality"

Answers to practice exam Part II

Thomas Nagel, "What is it Like to be a Bat "

Frank Jackson, "What Mary Doesn't Know "

Contemporary Views of Man


Outline of Some Important Points from Sartre's Existentialism and Human Emotions

Banach, "The Ethics of Absolute Freedom"
An old Humanities lecture, but still serviceable.

Jean Paul Sartre, from Existentialism and Human Emotions

Jean Paul Sartre, "Sincerity" from Being and Nothingness

Albert Camus, "The Myth Of Sisyphus"


 Camus Preceptorial Page: Other works by Camus and Web resources


Three Theses of Romaticism

Henry David Thoureau, Walden

E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

E.M. Forster, “The Beauty of Life”

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